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Perks of Retiring in the Hawkeye State

As you start thinking about settling into the last stages of your life, where you choose to do it is an important part of the decision. Ranked sixth on Bankrate’s 2015 “Best and Worst States to Retire” list, Iowa is an attractive choice for seniors in any phase of their retirement.

Below are some of the perks of settling in the Hawkeye state.

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Age Friendly Lifestyle

All over the state, small cities and towns offer a variety of lifestyle choices for seniors. For the feel of a larger city, Des Moines offers a vibrant community for seniors and the cost of living for retirees is almost 10% lower than the national average. AARP also recently ranked Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second largest city, as one of the top ten most livable cities for people over 50.

For those seniors seeking an active lifestyle in a quainter environment, Iowa City may be the perfect fit. The Milken Institute named it one of the best places to grow old. Its list evaluates various aspects of living including health care, wellness, housing,transportation, educational opportunities, and community engagement. Named a UNESCO City of Literature and home to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, this bustling college town offers a slew of activities for seniors of any age. Our residents at Melrose Meadows enjoy much of what the city has to offer such as free concerts or outdoor movies downtown, taking classes at the University and catching a Hawkeye game.


The cost of living in Iowa is lower than other states, with cost of groceries, utilities, healthcare and transportation all falling under the national average. Compared to the rest of the country, Iowa’s cost of living is 10.7 percent lower than the national average. In addition, the monthly base rate for Iowa assisted living is less expensive compared to the national average.


Iowa is one of the safest states in the U.S., boasting low rates of murder and other violent crimes as well as fewerproperty crimes than its Midwest counterparts.

Iowa has a lot to be desired for seniors at any stage in their retirement. Melrose Meadows is a certified assisted and independent living community in Iowa City, Iowa. We pride ourselves on providing a senior living community that supports an independent lifestyle in a vibrant all-inclusive setting. Schedule a tour today and let us help you navigate the options for your future.

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