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Independent living, often referred to as retirement living, is the term applied to a senior lifestyle that maintains an active nature and level of independence.

Where many seniors could use the valuable extra assistance that comes with home care or assisted living, others don't require that level of care and seek a more active lifestyle and community. Independent living and retirement communities help seniors achieve this, by providing an environment where retired adults can live among their peers while taking advantage of the many amenities and activities these communities provide.

Picking the right retirement community for you is a big choice. Search the independent living communities close to where you want to live, and read reviews to see what other seniors and their families have to say about their experiences.

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Independent Living in Top Cities

  • The average consumer rating for independent living communities on is 4.0 stars out of 5.
  • Independent living communities in Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Kansas tend to be rated higher than the national average, whereas communities in Mississippi, New Jersey, and Delaware tend to be rated lower.
  • The states with the most independent living communities are California, Texas, and Florida.
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Source: (September 2017)

Fast Facts on Independent Living
How much does independent living cost?

As amenities, living quarters, and property values vary for different independent living communities, there's a wide range in community costs.

In general, most retirement villages or communities will range from $1,500-$3,500 a month. Often that includes features like regular meals, health care on staff, and access to fitness facilities and other amenities on site.

When it comes to independent living options, communities offer an array of features and amenities. Some of the common services you can expect to find are:

  • A variety of activities offered on site, ranging from movie nights, to knitting groups, to educational classes, to trips to nearby sites and many more
  • Meals offered by the independent community's on site chef
  • Fitness options such as work out equipment, pools, or hiking trails
  • Senior apartments - many with features like kitchens or balconies
  • Senior houses
  • Transportation services
  • Medical staff on site (or that come for visits)
  • Beauty and hair services

Not every item listed above is available at every retirement community, but this list gives you some idea of what to expect and look for.

What services are provided by independent living communities?

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