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There are a total of 674 senior housing options in Iowa. Some people may refer to them as Iowa senior apartments or Iowa 55+ apartments while others may think of them as Iowa senior living communities. Costs for senior housing vary in Iowa, depending on how luxurious the apartment complex / senior community is, as well as what area the apartments are located in. Senior living complexes in Iowa may include both independent living apartments without any additional services, as well as assisted living apartments that help Iowa residents with daily living activities. There are both low-income or income based and other apartments for seniors in Iowa. Older adult apartments in Iowa may also be part of larger Iowa continuing care facilities. Many senior living apartments in Iowa are pet friendly. If you are wondering, how do I find senior apartments near me in Iowa, please use our Iowa senior housing locator above or browse by city / county below.

Iowa Senior Apartments

Iowa, also known as “The Hawkeye State” is a land of rivers and connections in every direction to the rest of the midwest. The state is bordered by the Mississippi river to the east as well as the Big Sioux river and Missouri river to the west. Additionally, six states border Iowa including Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin. It literally is a gateway to every other part of the country.

The state is underrated for senior housing in Iowa because not only are costs lower than the national average but Iowa also has a low crime rate and the second lowest murder rate in the nation. Traffic is rarely congested (even in the bigger cities) thus reducing automobile accidents.  In terms of costs for housing (not just restricted to seniors), Iowa is second lowest in the nation only behind Ohio.

Therefore, if you want a safe and secure, comfortable style of senior living with lots of rivers and access to the west, east, south and north United States than you should definitely consider Iowa as your next home.

Affordable Senior Housing in Iowa

It is unfortunate that so many states inflate the cost of living for seniors. This is not only unfair to people that have worked for decades as well as raised children (perhaps even grandchildren), but an injustice as they surely deserve better. Iowa seems to understand this unfairness and offers senior citizen apartments for rent that start as low as $850 per month.

The average cost for Iowa senior housing and apartments is $2,000 per month, driven slightly higher by luxury independent living communities that go for as high as $3,700 per month. However, the vast majority of senior rental units are far cheaper, making Iowa a desirable location for those seniors living on fixed income.

Best Places for Senior Housing in Iowa

Where can you find cheap yet high quality Iowa senior apartments? A good place to begin are some of the largest cities (though not large by national standards compared to Chicago, NYC, Los Angeles or Houston) like Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Iowa City and Ames. If that is still too big, Iowa has a ton of rural communities though not all of them provide housing for rent for seniors.

Along with doing some research online, if you are new to the area it is never bad advice to check with the locals. They can usually help point you in the right direction when it comes to senior living apartments as well as make recommendations sometimes overlooked on the internet. Additionally, longtime residents are always a terrific resource after you moved in if you want to get involved with the community and discover new events.

If this is the last time you plan to move, then you may want to downsize from your last senior apartment yet not sacrifice in terms of security and comfortability. Thankfully, many of the best senior housing complexes for rent in Iowa offer stylish quality without sacrificing comfort. Check around, make appointments, and tour a variety of senior apartment complexes. Also, if you have pets make sure to ask if the complex is pet-friendly and what additional charges (if any) exist for bringing a pet with you. provides comprehensive resources on various senior living options, including: assisted living facilities, senior living communities, nursing homes, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and all other long term senior care options, including memory care such as Alzheimer's or Dementia.

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