The costs of assisted living vary across states and different regions. The national average cost of assisted living in 2018 is $3,750 a month and $45,000 a year. The states with the highest national average (which ranges around $5,000-$6,000) include New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, and Connecticut. States with the lowest average and a range of around $3,500 include Arkansas, Alabama, North Dakota, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Every state has a different cost of living, which will affect the cost of assisted living in your circumstance. For instance, as of 2019, the average monthly cost of living in San Francisco is $5,500 whereas in Tampa it is $3,000. Be aware of how your location can influence the overall costs of assisted living.