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South Dakota Senior Housing & Apartments

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There are a total of 275 senior housing options in South Dakota. Some people may refer to them as South Dakota senior apartments or South Dakota 55+ apartments while others may think of them as South Dakota senior living communities. Costs for senior housing vary in South Dakota, depending on how luxurious the apartment complex / senior community is, as well as what area the apartments are located in. Senior living complexes in South Dakota may include both independent living apartments without any additional services, as well as assisted living apartments that help South Dakota residents with daily living activities. There are both low-income or income based and other apartments for seniors in South Dakota. Older adult apartments in South Dakota may also be part of larger South Dakota continuing care facilities. Many senior living apartments in South Dakota are pet friendly. If you are wondering, how do I find senior apartments near me in South Dakota, please use our South Dakota senior housing locator above or browse by city / county below.

South Dakota may not jump out as the premiere destination for retirees but perhaps you should reconsider. Did you know that South Dakota senior housing is the cheapest in the nation? That’s right, the average senior living apartment cost in South Dakota is just $1,400 per month. Some states don’t even have senior citizen living facilities that start at that price!

South Dakota has a lot going for it. Like anywhere, there are a few negatives about living here, with the primary two being the winters can get cold and nasty, as well as the fact that the state lacks any big cities. But if you are more of a homebody, can deal with chilly winters, and like avoiding crowds then South Dakota should definitely be on your list of places when it comes to senior housing.

South Dakota Senior Housing Benefits

The state of South Dakota the fifth smallest in the U.S. in terms of population as well as the fifth least dense. Less than 900,000 people call South Dakota their home. Some big cities in the United States can’t even make that claim. So, for 55+ and 62+ adults and senior citizens who like spread out territory, a slower pace, less traffic and no crowds to hassle with -- South Dakota has a ton going for it along with its extraordinarily cheap senior apartment and condo rates.

South Dakota is also tax-friendly to retirees. In addition to affordable senior housing throughout South Dakota, you will save more each year on taxes. Saving money has been proven to improve quality of life, and the lack of stress dealing with open roads and less big city hustle is enticing to many 55+ and 62+ South Dakota seniors.

Senior Condos & Housing Complexes in South Dakota

The Mount Rushmore State offers phenomenal value for seniors. Senior living communities are, as a whole, very overpriced. It is unfair that people look to take advantage of seniors when they deserve a good deal on living more than anyone. Yet, some senior living facilities in other states charge $3,500 or more for a single apartment. That’s absurd. As a result, if you don’t feel like getting ripped off you should definitely consider South Dakota’s affordable senior living.

Even though senior living apartments and condos in South Dakota are cheaper, the quality does not suffer. Modern and stylish designs compose most of the senior living facilities you will find in the Mount Rushmore State. The floor plans are designed with the elderly in mind and feature stair-free units, non-slip floors, handrails in the bathroom and doorway, automatic opening doors as well as handicap ramps to the front entrance.

Other amenities can include indoor swimming pool or spa, fitness center, activity room, business center (with high speed Wi-Fi), lounge to drink coffee and socialize, and many other types of activities and events.

Affordable Senior Housing in South Dakota

Apartments for seniors on a fixed income in South Dakota are extremely affordable. No other state in the country can match monthly prices for senior apartments and condos like South Dakota. While the selection of senior housing may not be quite as high as other states (due to the sparse population), there are some high-quality complexes that cost a dime compared to other expensive senior living communities in the northeast, Pacific west and south.

According to a survey, the best places for senior apartments in South are:

  1. Brandon
  2. Tea
  3. Dell Rapids
  4. Hartford
  5. Harrisburg

Brookings, Summerset, Beresford, Lennox and Madison round out the Top 10. 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.

Additional senior living options in South Dakota:

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