Care homes offer seniors with an intimate sense of community minus the agitation of a larger nursing home. Amenities offered can include three meals a day, washing clothes, and transportation. This type of community is similar to a single-family home. In Massachusetts, the annual median cost for an assisted living community is around $67,680. Massachusetts has a number of stipulations related to this type of community. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs supervises this community type.
Cost of Living
The location where a community is based can have a huge impact on community price. The total cost of living is a major factor in selecting which location works for you or your loved one’s needs. The median home value in Waltham costs around $463,241 and the median price for rent is about $1,864 per month a month. The rent burden for Waltham is around 20.4% of the average person’s monthly income.
Demographics and Values
In terms of education, 22.8% have a graduate degree, 50.7% have a college degree, and 21.2% have a high-school diploma. Based on gender, 48.8% are male and 51.2% are female. The median age of Waltham is 34 years old. In Waltham, 3.9% of the people are veterans. Out of the total population of Waltham, 4.1% do not have health insurance, 69.8% participate in the labor force, 9.8% live in poverty, and 4.4% consider themselves widows. The total population of Waltham consists of 62,442 people. Waltham has a population density of 1,892 people per square mile. Racially, the population of Waltham is 4.6% other or not specified, 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 3.2% mixed race, 73.6% white, 6.4% black, 12.0% Asian, 13.9% Hispanic, and 0.2% Native American.
An overview of Massachusetts
The natural beauty of Massachusetts is ranked 26th in the nation. Overall, Massachusetts ranks 8th out of all states in quality of life and 2nd in healthcare. In terms of resources, Massachusetts has a cost of living index of 133.8, a grocery index rating of 113.9, and a housing index rating of 170.3. These index ratings are based on a system where 100 is considered the national average and anything above 100 is considered more expensive than said average. The state of Massachusetts has 78 hospitals and 129 health centers, providing care to a population of 6,941,273. Cape Cod Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and New England Baptist Hospital are among the top three highest ranked hospitals in the state.
Social demographics of the state
During the latest presidential election, 33% voted for the Republican candidate while 60% voted for the Democratic candidate. The state of Massachusetts ranks 16th in the country for diversity and the state is considered very LGBTQ friendly. The state has a median age of 39 and 30% of its population being over the age of 55. In Massachusetts, 23% of the population attend some form of religious service and there are 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
The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of May at around 6.10 inches. The average monthly precipitation for the state of Massachusetts is around 4.04 inches. The average temperature in the summer rises to around 68F. The average high summer temperature is around 85F in the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 50F in the month of June. During the winter, the average temperature in Massachusetts drops 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. On average, Massachusetts has an air quality index rating of around 38.9 AQI. The average air quality index rating peaks in the month of May with a rating of around 47.5 AQI. Massachusetts experiences an average humidity rating of about 71%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 71% in the month of December. 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, butterfly weed, white spruce, and American beech. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the lance leaf coreopsis, the coyotes, the black bears, or the woodchucks. The state animal of Massachusetts is the woodchucks.