Independent Living in West Virginia

West Virginia has earned its nickname of “The Mountain State” by being the only state located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain Range. The state is considered to be one of the most scenic in the country, with its rolling hills and stunning mountain views, and has the highest average elevation east of the Mississippi River. Aside from its natural beauty, West Virginia has a number of unique cities, such as West Virginia University’s home of Morgantown, and the state capital of Charleston. Between its natural beauty and quaint charm, as well as its convenient proximity to other major cities in the Midwest, the South, and the Mid-Atlantic, West Virginia has something to offer everyone and is an ideal place to retire.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 15 retirement communities in West Virginia that provide independent living.

The median monthly cost of independent living in West Virginia is about $3,000.

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West Virginia 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 community records in West Virginia.

In West Virginia, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement 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 West Virginia is considered to be more affordable than the national average. West Virginia is below the national average for every price index, making it an extremely affordable option. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 95
  • Groceries: 93
  • Housing: 80
  • Utilities: 89
  • Transportation: 94

Demographics

About 16% of West Virginia’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, West Virginia leaned strongly conservative. The state’s economy is primarily based around the logging and mining industries.

2016 Presidential Election

  • Voted Democratic: 26%
  • Voted Republican: 69%
  • Voted third party: 5%

Population

  • Median age: 43
  • Over the age of 55: 34%
  • 2018 population: 1,805,832
  • 2020 population: 1,783,607
  • Estimated 2025 population: 1,729,235

Miscellaneous

  • 46% regularly attend a religious service
  • 23% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 4,413 congregations
  • There are 164 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Most of West Virginia has either a humid subtropical or oceanic climate. These regions experience hot and muggy summers with above average precipitation year round. The more mountainous regions tend to get lots of snowfall during the winter, while the lower elevations often experience winters that are relatively short and mild.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 70%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 7” (July)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 30 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 38 in May (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 52°F
  • Average summer temperature: 70°F
  • Typical summer high: 89°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 50°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 32°F
  • Typical winter high: 49°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 13°F (January)

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