Cost of Living
The location in which a community is located could have a significant effect on the price of care. The overall cost of living can be a major factor when deciding which care option is best for your loved one. The rent burden for Ashland is around 18.8% of the average monthly income. Per month, the median rent in Ashland is $2,154 per month and the median price of a home in Ashland is around $380,318.
Demographics and Values
Of the population of Ashland 30.0% have a graduate degree, 61.7% have a college degree, and 17.8% have a high-school diploma. In Ashland, 6.5% of the citizens are veterans of the United States armed forces. Out of the total population of Ashland, 1.7% do not have health insurance, 3.2% live in poverty, 74.9% participate in the labor force, and 4.1% are widows. The current population of Ashland consists of 17,478 people. Ashland has a population density of 547 people per square mile. Racially, the population of Ashland is 8.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 0.0% Native American, 3.0% black, 4.9% Hispanic, 86.0% white, 2.0% mixed race, and 0.4% other or not specified. Out of the total city population, 51.3% are female and 48.7% are male. The median age of Ashland is 42 years old.
An overview of Massachusetts
The state of Massachusetts has 78 hospitals and 129 health centers, providing care to a population of 6,941,273. The top three hospitals in the state are considered to be Cape Cod Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and New England Baptist Hospital. Based on natural beauty, Massachusetts ranks 26th in the nation. The state of Massachusetts has a cost of living index of 133.8 where a score of 100 is the national average, and anything above 100 is considered more expensive than the average. The state has a grocery index rating of 113.9 and a housing index rating of 170.3. The quality of life enjoyed by the average Massachusetts citizen is ranked 8th nation-wide. Additionally, Massachusetts is ranked 2nd by standards of healthcare.
Social demographics of the state
The median age in the state is 39, and 30% of the population is over the age of 55. The state of Massachusetts ranks 16th in the country for diversity and the state is considered very LGBTQ friendly. Twenty-three percent of Massachusetts residents regularly attend a religious service from one of the state’s 4,200 different congregations. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-3%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%, with the most common Christian denominations consisting of Evangelical Protestant-9%, Mainline Protestant-10%, and Historically Black Protestant-2%. In Massachusetts there are 27 masonic lodges. During the latest presidential election, 33% voted for the Republican candidate while 60% voted for the Democratic candidate.
State-wide weather information
On average, the humidity rating for Massachusetts is around 71%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of December at around 71%. On average, the state receives 4.04 inches of precipitation a month. The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of May at around 6.10 inches. On average, Massachusetts has an air quality index rating of around 38.9 AQI. The average air quality index rating peaks in the month of May with a rating of around 47.5 AQI. During the winter, the average temperature in Massachusetts drops to around 28F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 45F during the month of January. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around 7F in the month of December. The average temperature in the summer rises to around 68F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 85F during the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 50F in the month of June. While residents of Massachusetts mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it’s important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Massachusetts can include hurricanes, earthquakes (moderate), and and tornadoes.
Wildlife to be found in Massachusetts
The state of Massachusetts has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of sycamore, butterfly weed, eastern hemlock, and American linden. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the coyotes, the new England aster, the spike gayfeather, or the cutleaf coneflower. The state animal of Massachusetts is the woodchucks.