North Carolina Care Home Regulations
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in North Carolina.
In North Carolina, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
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.
- Cost of Living: 94
- Groceries: 97
- Housing: 83
- Utilities: 98
- Transportation: 93
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 or abstained
- 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
- 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)
- Average air quality index rating: 36 (Good)
- Average maximum air quality rating: 45 in April (Good)
- 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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