Assisted Living in North Carolina

When it comes to assisted living, North Carolina is a great choice for you or your loved one.

Whether you prefer laid-back beach towns, mountain hikes, or something in between, North Carolina has something to offer — and that’s what makes it an ideal retirement destination. The Outer Banks region along the state’s eastern coast is a popular tourist spot, featuring lighthouses, beaches, and countless other aquatic activities. It’s also home to Kitty Hawk, the seaside town where the Wright brothers made their historic first airplane flight. Then, along North Carolina’s western edge, the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains run through the state. Peppered throughout all of North Carolina are small yet vibrant college towns like Asheville and Chapel Hill, along with larger metropolitan areas like Charlotte. Add mild weather and low property taxes to the mix, and it’s clear why the Tar Heel state has one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 380 assisted living facilities in North Carolina.

The median monthly cost of assisted living in North Carolina is about $4,600.

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North Carolina Assisted Living Regulations

Assisted living communities are regulated by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation, Adult Care Licensure Section. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in North Carolina is rated as exceptional. You can use the state’s facility locator to research the violation history of an assisted living community.

In North Carolina, assisted living facilities, or assisted living residences, provide group housing with at least one meal per day and housekeeping services, accompanied by personal care services — such as assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) — directly or through a formal written agreement with a licensed home care or hospice agency. The department may allow nursing service exceptions on a case-by case basis. ADLs include but are not limited to: bathing, dressing, eating, walking, physical transfer, giving medications, or helping residents give themselves medications.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in North Carolina is considered to be slightly more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 94
  • Groceries: 97
  • Housing: 83
  • Utilities: 98
  • Transportation: 93

Demographics

About 15% of North Carolina’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, North Carolina leaned slightly conservative. However, many of its counties with college towns and larger cities, like Raleigh and Greensboro, tend to be more progressive.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 46% voted Democratic
  • 50% voted Republican
  • 4% voted third party

Population

  • Median age: 39
  • Over the age of 55: 29%
  • 2018 population: 10,383,620
  • 2020 population: 10,612,991
  • Estimated 2025 population: 11,208,833

Miscellaneous

  • 39% regularly attend a religious service
  • 27% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 15,737 congregations
  • There are 635 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

North Carolina’s climate is mainly divided into two sections, with most of the state classified as humid subtropical, and the far western area with higher elevations classified as the subtropical highland variety of oceanic climate. This means the state has four distinct seasons including warm summers and cold winters, although temperatures tend to be mild throughout the year and less extreme compared to most of the country. Humidity is usually higher along the state’s eastern border with the Atlantic Ocean, whereas the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains in the western part of state bring slightly cooler temperatures and drier weather.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 71%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 9” (July)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 36 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 45 in April (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 59F
  • Average summer temperature: 76°F
  • Typical summer high: 92°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 53°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 41°F
  • Typical winter high: 62°F (December)
  • Typical winter low: 19°F (January)

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