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Title:Ride or Relocate
Authors:Del Peterson and Marc Scott
Publication Date:Mar 2010
Report #:DP-223
TRID #:01159408
Keywords:aged, costs, life styles, quality of life, rural areas, rural transit
Type:Research Report – Department Publications


The objective of this research was to quantify the cost of living at home and riding transit in North Dakota versus relocating to an assisted living facility. Special attention was paid to three different living situations including homeowners with and without mortgages as well as apartment dwellers.

Overall, simulation results indicated that the cost of assisted living was almost always higher than the other three alternatives. Homeowners without mortgages had the lowest costs followed by apartment dwellers and homeowners with mortgages. Finally, every senior's situation is unique and other factors such as amenities and safety may be more important than cost in considering quality of life and peace of mind for them and their families.

How to Cite

Peterson, Del, and Marc Scott. Ride or Relocate, DP-223. North Dakota State University, Fargo: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, 2010.

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