A care home offers a home-like setting for individuals who are capable of performing the activities of daily living with minimal assistance but seek oversight within a safe and protected community. This type of community is like a single-family home. Services provided might include food service, washing clothes, and transit. In Massachusetts, the annual median cost for an assisted living community is around $67,680. Massachusetts maintains specific standards related to this type of community. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs certifies this type of community.
Cost of Living
The cost of care for a community is affected by the community where it is located. The rent burden for Shrewsbury is around 16.7% of the average monthly income. Shrewsbury has a median home value of about $393,857 and the median cost of rent is about $1,763 per month.
Demographics and Values
Racially, the population of Shrewsbury is 0.1% Native American, 73.6% white, 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 4.2% mixed race, 3.5% black, 5.0% Hispanic, 17.9% Asian, and 0.7% other or not specified. The total population of Shrewsbury consists of 36,716 people. Shrewsbury has a population density of 683 people per square mile. In Shrewsbury, 9.4% have some form of disability, 4.6% live in poverty, 68.6% participate in the labor force, and 5.1% consider themselves widows. Of the population of Shrewsbury 17.3% have a high-school diploma, 56.6% have a college degree, and 26.8% have a graduate degree. In Shrewsbury, 5.9% of the people are veterans. Based on gender, 49.4% are male and 50.6% are female. The median age of Shrewsbury is 41 years old.
An overview of Massachusetts
Based on natural beauty, Massachusetts ranks 26th in the nation. In total, Massachusetts has 78 general hospitals and 129 health centers that provide care for 6,941,273 citizens. Cape Cod Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and New England Baptist Hospital are among the top three highest ranked hospitals in the state. The state of Massachusetts has a cost of living index of 133.8 where a score of 100 is the national average, and anything above 100 is considered more expensive than the average. The state has a grocery index rating of 113.9 and a housing index rating of 170.3. Massachusetts is ranked 8th in quality of life and 2nd in healthcare.
Social demographics of the state
The median age in the state is 39, and 30% of the population is over the age of 55. In terms of diversity, Massachusetts ranks 16th in the nation and is considered very LGBTQ friendly. In the most recent presidential election, 33% of Massachusetts residents voted Republican and 60% voted Democrat. Twenty-three percent of Massachusetts residents regularly attend a religious service from one of the state’s 4,200 different congregations. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-3%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%, with the most common Christian denominations consisting of Evangelical Protestant-9%, Mainline Protestant-10%, and Historically Black Protestant-2%. In Massachusetts there are 27 masonic lodges.
State-wide weather information
On average, Massachusetts has an air quality index rating of around 38.9 AQI. The highest seasonal air quality index rating occurs in the month of May with a rating of 47.5 AQI. The average humidity across the state is 71%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 71% in the month of December. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 28F. The average high winter temperature is around 45F in the month of January. In the winter months, the average low temperature falls to around 7F during the month of December. During the summer, the average temperature in Massachusetts is around 68F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 85F during the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 50F in the month of June. On average, the state receives 4.04 inches of precipitation a month. The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of May at around 6.10 inches. While residents of Massachusetts mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it’s important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Massachusetts can include hurricanes, earthquakes (moderate), and and tornadoes.
Wildlife to be found in Massachusetts
The state of Massachusetts has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of flowering dogwood, American beech, butterfly weed, and flowering dogwood. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the coyotes, the black bears, the new england aster, or the spike gayfeather. The state animal of Massachusetts is the woodchucks.