Virginia has earned the nicknames “Old Dominion” and “Mother of Presidents” due to the state’s long and storied history. Founded as one of the oldest British colonies, Virginia has also been the birthplace of 8 U.S. presidents. From the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains in the west, to its scenic beaches along the Atlantic coast as well as its proximity to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Virginia truly has something for everyone and is a great place to retire. Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 250 senior living communities in Virginia that provide assisted living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in Virginia is around $4,500.
Assisted living laws in Virginia are regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Virginia is rated as exceptional. You can use the state’s assisted living facility locator to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In Virginia, an Assisted Living Facility is a congregate residential setting that provides or coordinates personal and health care services, 24-hour supervision, and assistance for the maintenance or care of four or more adults. These adults receive care in a primarily residential setting and are either aged, infirm, or disabled. Maintenance or care means the protection, general supervision, and oversight of the physical and mental well-being of an aged, infirm, or disabled individual.
Overall, the cost of living in Virginia is considered to be slightly less affordable than the national average. Virginia’s proximity to Washington D.C. as well as its pristine coastline and beachfront properties mean that certain parts of the state have a much higher cost of housing than others. This is especially true in the northern and eastern parts of the state. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 15% of the population in Virginia are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Virginia leaned liberal. This is mostly due to a left-leaning populace in the northern portion of the state surrounding the D.C. metro area. The southern parts of the state are known for being more conservative.
Virginia’s climate is classified as humid sub-tropical. This means that the state experiences long summers, while the winters are short and fairly mild. There is moderate rain year round and the coastal breezes keep summer temperatures pleasant. The average humidity level is around 70%, often peaking in August at around 80%.