Sitting in the heart of the Mohawk Valley, little Utica (population: 62,235) offers retirees affordable living, plenty of amenities and an ideal central location. Finding a Utica assisted living facility (ALF) is easy with our comprehensive database. Let’s take a brief tour of this Central New York city.
Geographically, Utica is just a day trip away from these major cities: Syracuse 56 miles; Albany 95 miles; Rochester 141 miles; Buffalo 219 miles; New York City 247 miles. The New York State Thruway (passing through Utica) provides access to these cities.
Utica’s cost of living is 15% lower than the national average. A one-bedroom in a Utica assisted living facility averages $2,356 a month, according to a Genworth Financial survey. A private room in a nursing home averages $247 a day, while a semi-private averages $235 a day. The daily services of a home health aide average $43,472 a year based on a 44-hour workweek.
Some of the city’s popular attractions include the 213-acre Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area with its wildlife viewing, particularly bird watching. There’s a handicapped accessible viewing platform as well as boardwalks and a pavilion. The Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art contains more than 25,000 works from artists such as Dali, O’Keefe, Picasso and Pollock. Stop by the Oneida County Historical Society Museum to learn about the area’s diverse past from its first Native American inhabitants to the importance of Erie Canal. The National Distance Running Hall of Fame is another must-see in Utica.
Annual events include the largest 15K race in the U.S., the Boilermaker Road Race, Snowfari Winter Fest, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Memorial Day Parade, Utica Music Fest and Utica Monday Night, a summer performing arts festival.
Because Utica assisted living options may vary widely, try reading, “Finding the Best Assisted Living Community,” to help assess the quality of a facility. Additionally, read “Senior Living Communities” to see the differences in senior living options.