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Senior Housing Occupancy Hits Eight-Year Low as New Supply Continues to Outpace Demand

August 02, 2018 / David Cohen

Average occupancy for seniors housing properties throughout the United States has fallen to 87.9 percent in the second quarter of 2018, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). The rate is the lowest since first-quarter 2010 when it hit 86.9 percent. Assisted living occupancy, already at record lows, also fell further to 85.2 percent. The industry-wide occupancy slide represents a 40 basis-point drop over the previous quarter, an 80 basis-point drop over the year prior, and a 230 basis-point drop from its recent high of 90.2 percent in fourth-quarter 2014.