Independent Living Communities provide individuals with a harmony between an independent lifestyle and not having to worry about the maintenance of basic tasks and chores. Frequent needs such as the scheduling of social activities and housekeeping are accounted for, which provides residents more opportunities to live life as they desire. Along with their daily needs being met, residents can enjoy the opportunity to be among peers, in a community with others of similar age groups and backgrounds. Residents’ quarters consist of a private living space with their own kitchen. The independence of apartment life is still enjoyed, offering an opportunity to entertain guests and visitors in a private and personal setting. While policies vary between locations, many residences allow cats and dogs as well. If medical or nursing care is desired, residents may always enlist the services of private care providers. There are a number of advantages and expenditures to balance when determining an independent living community. It is important to determine if these services are covered in your care plan: initial assessment fee, wellness program, parking, field trips, utilities, move-in fee, private phone, and housekeeping. The benefits and amenities that pertain to independent living include golf course, community activities, game/TV room, security guards, transportation, private rental hall, healthcare center, and concierge services.
Cost of Living
The total cost of living can be a motivating factor when determining which destination works for you or your loved one. The median home value in Cicero costs around $138,822 and the median price for rent is around $1,298 per month a month. The rent burden for Cicero is about 26.0% of the average monthly income.
Demographics and Values
Demographically, Cicero is 1.5% mixed race, 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 51.6% other or not specified, 0.7% Native American, 88.9% Hispanic, 0.7% Asian, 41.8% white, and 3.7% black. In terms of education, 1.2% have a graduate degree, 8.0% have a college degree, and 32.0% have a high-school diploma. Based on gender, 50.3% are male and 49.7% are female. The median age of Cicero is 29 years old. In Cicero, 3.4% consider themselves widows, 19.8% live in poverty, 6.1% have some form of disability, and 65.9% participate in the labor force. Cicero has a population density of 5,434 people per square mile. The current population of Cicero consists of 82,552 people. In Cicero, 2.1% of the citizens are veterans of the United States armed forces.
An overview of Illinois
The state of Illinois has a cost of living index of 95.7 where a score of 100 is the national average, and anything below 100 is considered less expensive than the national average. The state has a grocery index rating of 94.2 and a housing index rating of 87.2. Residents of Illinois enjoy its natural beauty which ranks 43rd in the United States. Overall, Illinois ranks 35th in quality of life and 22nd in healthcare compared to other US states. In total, Illinois has 199 general hospitals and 383 health centers that provide care for 12,696,123 citizens. The top three hospitals in the state are considered to be Sherman Hospital, Sam Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia, and And Midwestern Region Medical Center.
Social demographics of the state
Thirty-four percent of Illinois residents regularly attend a religious service from one of the state’s 12,453 different congregations. The top three Christian denominations in the state are Evangelical Protestant-20%, Mainline Protestant-16%, and Historically Black Protestant-7%. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-2%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%. In Illinois there are 518 masonic lodges. The state of Illinois ranks 10th in the country for diversity, and the state is considered LGBTQ friendly. The median age in the state is 38, and 29% of the population is over the age of 55. In the last presidential election 56% of Illinois residents voted Democrat and 39% voted Republican.
State-wide weather information
Illinois experiences an average humidity rating of about 71%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of December at around 78%. During the summer, the average temperature in Illinois is around 73F. The average high summer temperature is around 91F in the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 53F in the month of June. During the winter, the average temperature in Illinois drops to around 28F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 49F during the month of February. In the winter months, the average low temperature falls to around 10F during the month of January. On average, the state receives 3.33 inches of precipitation a month. The most precipitation occurs in May with an average of 6.02 inches of precipitation a month. The average air quality index rating in Illinois is 37.7 AQI. The average air quality index rating peaks in the month of May with a rating of around 54.5 AQI. While residents of Illinois mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it’s important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Illinois can include floods, earthquakes (moderate), and and tornadoes.
Wildlife to be found in Illinois
The state of Illinois has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of black eyedSusan, angelica, bird’s foot violet, and black snakeroot. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the eastern red bat, the American pygmy shrew, the cougar, or the coyote. The state animal of Illinois is the white-tailed deer.