Florida is known for its sunshine and beaches, as well as some of the world’s best-loved theme parks. With more than 20% of its population aged 65 and older, Florida has one of the highest senior populations in the U.S. and that number continues to grow each year. The state is a popular destination for retirees, largely due to the warm, subtropical climate and a lack of state income tax, which helps make Florida an affordable place for seniors to live.
While many seniors in Florida live independently, some require long-term care in assisted living facilities. The average cost of assisted living in the state is $3,500 per month, according to the Genworth 2019 Cost of Care Survey. This is $551 less than the national average, which is $4,051 per month. The guide that follows offers information about senior living in Florida, the cost of assisted living in the state, programs that are available to help pay for care and the rules and regulations that govern assisted living facilities.