Birmingham (AL) Senior Living Communities

Sitting in the Appalachian Mountain foothills, hilly Birmingham is an affordable city for retirees offering plenty to see and do. Before searching for Birmingham senior living options, see what’s going on in this Alabama city.

The McWane Science Center houses four floors of fun. Inside you’ll find the IMAX Dome Theater, dinosaur exhibits, Shark and Ray Touch Tank, the Zoetrope with its visual illusions and more. Step back into Birmingham’s manufacturing past at the Vulcan Park and Museum. Atop Red Mountain, you can see climb the observation balcony for a commanding view of the city. Then find out how the city became known as “The Pittsburgh of the South” in the museum. Check out the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, with its series of galleries telling the story of life for blacks and whites in Alabama from the 1800s to the present. The Movement Gallery shows images from the Civil Rights Movement.

For outdoor adventure, explore the 1,000 Ruffner Mountain Nature Center with its urban forest, 10 miles of hiking trails and nature center. Nearby Oak Mountain State Park is a natural oasis featuring mountain biking trails, golf, camping, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. Here you’ll also find the Alabama Wildlife Center, a facility that rescues, rehabs and returns to the wild, native birds.

The city’s overall cost of living is 10% below the national average. Birmingham’s senior living options are equally appealing. A one-bedroom in an assisted living facility averages just $2,661 a month, according to a Genworth Financial survey. Compare this to the U.S. average of $3,261. A private room in a nursing home averages $178 a day, while a semi-private averages $169. Another appealing aspect: retirement income—Social Security, military, civil service, state/local government and qualified private pensions—are not taxed.

To learn more about Birmingham senior living options, check out our “Senior Retirement Lifestyles” article to see the differences in care, amenities and prices.


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