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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 6, 2022

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Abundant natural beauty, easy proximity to the urban amenities found in Seattle and a classic, mild Pacific Northwest climate combine to make Tacoma an attractive retirement destination for those who prefer medium-sized cities to large metros, small towns or rural locations. Approximately 13.6% of Tacoma’s overall population of slightly under 220,000 is aged 65 and over.

Although the overall cost of living in Tacoma is higher than the national average, Washington has  no personal income tax, so Social Security payments and other retirement income aren’t taxed. Seniors can also save money on health care in Washington. At $5,750 per month, the cost of assisted living in Tacoma is higher than the national average, but it’s lower than the overall average for the state of Washington. 

This guide covers the average monthly costs of assisted living in Tacoma and local resources designed to promote a good quality of life among older people.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Tacoma, WA

According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey , the average cost of assisted living in Tacoma is $5,750 per month. 

The monthly cost of assisted living in Tacoma is $250 less than the Washington average of $6,000 and $1,250 more than the U.S. average of $4,500. Assisted living facilities are $1,000 higher in Washington’s largest metro, Seattle, where residents pay the highest costs in the state at $6,750. Those in the Eastern Washington wine country hub of Walla Walla pay the lowest cost at $3,211 per month. Assisted living facilities in Bellingham cost an average of $4,600 per month, while those in Spokane and the Central Washington community of Yakima pay an average of $4,888 and $4,975, respectively.

  • Tacoma: $5,750
  • Washington: $6,000
  • United States: $4,500
  • Walla Walla: $3,211
  • Bellingham: $4,600
  • Spokane: $4,888
  • Yakima: $4,975

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Tacoma, WA

Assisted living costs in Tacoma are slightly less than the average costs of home care. In-home care services in Tacoma cost an average of $6,673 per month, which is $923 more than assisted living facilities. Those who need home health care services pay around $7,007 per month, which is $1,257 more than assisted living. Nursing homes cost more, with a monthly average of $10,479 for a semiprivate room and $12,243 for a private room. Adult day health care is usually the cheapest option for seniors in need of daytime supervision and medical services. 

  • In-Home Care: $6,673
  • Home Health Care: $7,007
  • Adult Day Health Care: N/A
  • Assisted Living Facility: $5,750
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $10,479
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $12,243

Note: Data for Tacoma was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Bremerton, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tacoma, WA

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Tacoma, WA

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For additional information and planning, read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Washington.

Free Resources for Seniors in Tacoma, WA

A variety of services are available to Tacoma seniors designed to help them remain as independent as possible and enjoy a good quality of life.




Aging & Disability Resource Center 

(253) 798-4600

Toll-free: (800) 562-0332

As the Area Agency on Aging for Tacoma and other Pierce County residents, the Aging & Disability Resource Center provides seniors aged 60 and over and those with disabilities with assistance accessing relevant programs and services, person-centered case management and unbiased information on health care options and public benefits. The agency also offers health and wellness classes, administers the local Senior Nutrition Program and sponsors an annual Aging Expo.
Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) classes (360) 236-4501 Administered by the Washington State Department of Health, SAIL classes are designed for seniors aged 65 and over to help them maintain good balance and improve their strength and fitness levels to minimize falls. These classes are held at various locations. Some are free of charge, while other host sites charge a small fee that’s still more affordable than a gym membership
The Pierce County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program 

(253) 798-3789

Toll-free: (800) 642-5769

Residents of long-term care facilities — including assisted living communities — who have complaints or questions about care, accommodations or other relevant issues can contact the Long-Term Ombudsman Program for assistance. Trained volunteers and professional staff provide investigative and advocacy services designed to ensure the legal rights of those in long-term care facilities aren’t violated. All services provided by this program are completely confidential and free of charge.

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Tacoma, WA

Assisted Living Communities in Tacoma are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Tacoma, WA

Solstice Senior Living at Point Defiance

Nestled right next to Ruston Way Park and with quick access to the largest urban park in Tacoma and Pierce County, Solstice Senior Living at Point Defiance lets seniors live well and close to nature. The community lies on 42-acres with landscaped gardens, ponds and wooden footbridges. Many lifestyle amenities are available, including a fitness center, a beauty salon, movie room, worship center and several activity rooms. Residents are free to structure their day with individualized Vibrant Life programs which involve different hobbies, social and intellectual activities, family and community events. The Elevate dining program in Solstice gives seniors a nutritious culinary experience daily.

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  • On-Site Salon, As Well As Other Amenities Available
  • Resident Personalized Activity Planning And Coordination

Weatherly Inn Tacoma

Weatherly Inn Tacoma is easily accessible from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and is close to various commercial amenities in the Highland Hill Shopping Center. The grounds of this senior community feature landscaped courtyards and surrounding trees, while the interiors are bright and spacious. Assisted living residents receive personalized care to keep them as independent as possible, and the 24/7 presence of licensed nursing staff offers peace of mind when it comes to health-related concerns. Weatherly Inn Tacoma is also about 5 minutes from CHI Franciscan Rehabilitation Hospital and just less than 4 miles from MultiCare Allenmore Hospital and MultiCare Tacoma Medical Center.

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  • Individualized Care Services Provided To Each Resident
  • 24/7 Licensed Nurse On-Staff

Kings Manor

Located within Tacoma's charming urban landscape, Kings Manor is a clean, friendly environment that's as welcoming to guests as it is to residents. The community's 64 private apartments have a homey feel and are supported by a dedicated staff who provide high-quality care. It features a party space, garden and patio and on-site barber shop. Seniors can treat themselves to arts and crafts, music, games, stories and gardening.

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  • On-Site Beauty/Barber Shop, As Well As Other Amenities Available
  • Arts, Crafts, Gardening Activities Available, Among Others.

The Village Senior Living

Located in a quiet residential area in Tacoma, Washington, The Village Senior Living is one of the city's first senior homes. Its assisted living apartments provide comfortable accommodation with spacious bathrooms, individualized heating systems and large closets. Tailored care plans include medication management, around-the-clock care, regularly scheduled health monitoring and assistance with bathing, grooming and mealtimes. Daily exercise classes, games, arts and crafts, shopping trips and special events, are organized by a full-time Activity and Life Enrichment Coordinator to help promote active social lives, physical well-being and mental stimulation for the residents. The Village Senior Living also welcomes preapproved pets.

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  • Individualized Care Services Provided To Each Resident
  • Pre-Approved Pets Welcome

Brookdale Allenmore

Brookdale Allenmore offers exceptional assisted living with independence, wellness and convenience in mind. It's perfectly situated on a residential street just off the main road where MultiCare Allenmore Hospital and a range of commercial amenities at Allenmore Marketplace and Tacoma Central are located. This pet-friendly neighborhood has landscaped grounds with surrounding trees, a courtyard garden and walking paths for outdoor relaxation. There are a wellness center and therapy room and salon/barbershop for the residents' physical well-being, and there are opportunities for socialization at the fireside living room, dining hall, game room and library. A variety of enriching activities offered include daily exercises, scheduled outings, art classes, iPad sessions, afternoon soda socials and live music.

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Merrill Gardens at Tacoma

The urban elegance and family atmosphere in Merrill Gardens at Tacoma keeps seniors happy and well-rounded. This continuing care senior complex of apartments and cottages is conveniently located next to multiple commercial amenities in James Center and in neighboring University Place and Fircrest. The community's grounds have extensive walking paths and patio areas for barbecue parties and evening entertainment, while the common indoor areas have an open contemporary design to foster socialization and easy navigation. Lifestyle amenities include a fitness area, salon, library and restaurant-style and bistro-style dining areas, while Active Living Program activities give residents a sense of purpose. Seniors 62 or older may also enjoy discounted rates through the Income Qualified Program.

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  • On-Site Salon, As Well As Other Amenities Available
  • Discounted Rates For Seniors 62+

Narrows Glen

With modern amenities and a lush setting right next to the woodlands of Titlow Beach, Narrows Glen Tacoma offers a serene, yet vibrant environment. Residents enjoy outdoor relaxation on landscaped grounds with walking paths, and the fitness center helps them stay active through group classes. A library, salon/barbershop, activity room for games or arts and crafts, and a full range of activities and programs are offered to keep seniors busy and engaged. Residents are encouraged to sign up for scheduled nature walks, educational tours, yoga sessions and live events. Narrows Glen Tacoma is also a pet-friendly community, and assisted living residents are provided individualized wellness plants to support their holistic well-being.

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  • On-Site Beauty/Barber Shop, As Well As Other Amenities Available
  • Pet-Friendly Facility

Spring Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care

With picturesque views of Mount Rainier, seniors at Spring Ridge can enjoy their retirement in a relaxed and welcoming environment. A full team of caring staff is on-site to offer assistance with the tasks of daily living while allowing residents to maintain a sense of independence and dignity. The facility's life enrichment program includes a diverse selection of activities that give seniors the opportunity to be physically active, socialize and remain involved in their community, such as bingo, exercise classes, Bible study and group cooking lessons. Scheduled transportation is available to take seniors to medical appointments, and while the facility offers regular local outings, residents are still encouraged to go out and explore the community independently to shop, run errands and attend social events.

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  • Assistance With Daily Life Activities
  • Transportation To Appointments Available For Residents