West Virginia Assisted Living Regulations
Assisted living communities are regulated by the Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in West Virginia is rated as exceptional. You can use the state’s Facility Search to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In West Virginia, an assisted living residence is any living facility or place of accommodation in the state, however named, available for four (4) or more residents, that is advertised, offered, maintained or operated by the ownership or management, for the express or implied purpose of providing personal assistance, supervision, or both, to any residents who are dependent upon the services of others by reason of physical or mental impairment, and who may also require nursing care at a level that is not greater than limited and intermittent nursing care. A small assisted living residence has a bed capacity of four (4) to sixteen (16). A large assisted living residence has a bed capacity of seventeen (17) or more.
Cost of Living
Overall, the cost of living in West Virginia is considered to be more affordable than the national average. West Virginia is below the national average for every price index, making it an extremely affordable option. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
- Cost of Living: 95
- Groceries: 93
- Housing: 80
- Utilities: 89
- Transportation: 94
About 16% of West Virginia’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, West Virginia leaned strongly conservative. The state’s economy is primarily based around the logging and mining industries.
2016 Presidential Election
- Voted Democratic: 26%
- Voted Republican: 69%
- Voted third party: 5%
- Median age: 43
- Over the age of 55: 34%
- 2018 population: 1,805,832
- 2020 population: 1,783,607
- Estimated 2025 population: 1,729,235
- 46% regularly attend a religious service
- 23% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
- The state has a total of 4,413 congregations
- There are 164 Masonic lodges in the state
Climate and Weather
Most of West Virginia has either a humid subtropical or oceanic climate. These regions experience hot and muggy summers with above average precipitation year round. The more mountainous regions tend to get lots of snowfall during the winter, while the lower elevations often experience winters that are relatively short and mild.
Humidity and Precipitation
- Average humidity level: 70%
- Average monthly precipitation: 4”
- Average maximum monthly precipitation: 7” (July)
- Average air quality index rating: 30 (Good)
- Average maximum air quality rating: 38 in May (Good)
- Average temperature: 52°F
- Average summer temperature: 70°F
- Typical summer high: 89°F (July)
- Typical summer low: 50°F (June)
- Average winter temperature: 32°F
- Typical winter high: 49°F (February)
- Typical winter low: 13°F (January)
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