Illinois Senior Living Communities

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With over 1600 senior living options in Illinois it’s important to have as many reliable resources as possible before you make your decision on where to retire. Senior Living was created as an unbiased source for seniors looking for retirement communities. We are not affiliated with any of the care providers. And we share feedback—the good and the not so good—from other seniors about their experiences.

Illinois Senior LivingThe largest cities in Illinois—Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, and Naperville—form an eastern fan around the largest, Chicago. In 2005, Naperville was voted 2nd “Best Place to Live” by Money Magazine. The per capita income is estimated at $41, 411. The overall cost of living in Illinois is lower than 60% of the country. The state and local tax burden in Illinois is lower than the two-thirds of the country coming in at 9.3%. The state does not tax the federal portion of Social Security, military retirement, VA benefits, and employee benefit distribution from plans like IRAs and 401Ks. Property taxes are assessed on 33% of a home’s market value; Cook County homes are assessed at 16%. Illinois has seven homestead exemptions with differing qualifications. There is no inheritance tax. To get an idea of housing prices, let’s look at a few city comparisons. Naperville’s recent average home sale price is $350,000 while in the state’s capitol, Springfield, the price is under $100,000; Chicago’s median price was about $275,000.

Illinois’ crime rate is a little less than the national average rate with property crimes accounting for 85% of the total and violent crimes accounting for 14% which is 13% higher than the rest of the country. Chicago’s overall crime rate is about twice the national average while nearby Naperville’s is less than half the national average. Springfield’s crime rate is higher than Chicago’s.

Cold winters and humid summers are the norm in Illinois. The Chicago area with the lake effect gets on average 38 inches of snow every year while the southern part of the state averages just 14 inches. This amount of snow and the accompanying freezing temperatures can make it tough for some seniors to get out. Average temperatures in the state can vary dramatically from the north to the south. Tiny Cairo in the very southern tip of the state averages 41 degrees in January while Chicago averages 30 degrees.

If you end up retiring anywhere near Chicago you won’t run out of things to do. Visit any of the world-class cultural offerings like the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science and Industry and John Shedd Aquarium. Take in a ball game with the Sox or the Cubs. Watch the infamous Bears at Soldier Field. Illinois also offers plenty for the gambler with casinos in Elgin, Joliet and Aurora among other cities. And there’s no shortage (750 plus) of golf courses around the state. Springfield is home to the largest presidential library in the U.S.—the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

At Senior Living our goal is to help you find the retirement community that best fits your needs. To get started, simply click on one of the Illinois cities you’re interested in or you can type your address in the box above, and we’ll show you all the available retirement options in the surrounding area. You can also fill out our information form and someone from Senior Living will get back to you. We make it easy to find Illinois senior living communities.