Independent Living in Ohio

The state of Ohio is steeped in history and working-class American charm. Known as “The Buckeye State” due to its high concentration of buckeye trees, Ohio has been the birthplace of seven former US presidents as well as the location of the Wright Brothers’ early experiments in aviation. Aside from its major cities of Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati having played a major role in America’s industrial history, the state is also a leading agricultural hub, producing large amounts of soybeans and corn. Between its quaint, rural towns and bustling cities, Ohio is a diverse state with something to offer everyone and is a great place to retire.

When it comes to senior living, Ohio has a lot of great options. Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 260 independent living communities in Ohio. The median monthly cost of independent living in Ohio is about $2,500.

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Ohio Independent Living Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living 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 Ohio.

Retirement communities in Ohio are also known as independent living communities. These communities are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Ohio is considered to be much more affordable than the national average. Across every index rating, Ohio’s costs are ranked below average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 93
  • Groceries: 99
  • Housing: 74
  • Utilities: 92
  • Transportation: 97

Demographics

About 15% of Ohio’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Ohio leaned slightly conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities tend to be more progressive, and Ohio has been a key swing state in recent presidential elections.

2016 Presidential Election

  • Voted Democratic: 44%
  • Voted Republican: 52%
  • Voted third party: 5%

Population

  • Median age: 39
  • Over the age of 55: 31%
  • 2018 population: 11,689,442
  • 2020 population: 11,740,233
  • Estimated 2025 population: 11,868,178

Miscellaneous

  • 38% regularly attend a religious service
  • 33% consider themselves atheist, agnostic or a non-believer
  • There are 13,606 congregations in Ohio
  • There are 565 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Most of Ohio is classified as having a humid continental type of climate, which means that the state has four distinct seasons with widely fluctuating temperatures. The climate in the southernmost portion of the state is considered humid subtropical, which means that the summers are hot and the region receives above average rainfall.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 72%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 3”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 10” (January)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 37 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 50 in May (Good)
  • Seasonal Temperatures

    • Average temperature: 51°F
    • Average summer temperature: 71°F
    • Typical summer high: 90°F (July)
    • Typical summer low: 53°F (June)
    • Average winter temperature: 29°F
    • Typical winter high: 49°F (February)
    • Typical winter low: 14°F (January)

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