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 former 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.
The median monthly cost of a care home in Virginia is about $4,950. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.
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 Virginia.
In Virginia, 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.
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%.