Local Hospitals and Health Care Providers
Proximity to hospitals might be an important consideration when determining the best retirement home. The top hospitals in Boston include Massachusetts General Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital, and Brigham And Women’s Faulkner Hospital. In total, there are 13 hospitals located in Boston which offer emergency services and other healthcare.
Cost of Living
Cost of living is a major factor when choosing which destination fits best. Boston has a median home value of $455,371 and the median cost of rent is about $1,964 per month. The rent burden for Boston is around 22.6% of the average person’s monthly income. Boston has a sales tax of 6.25%.
Regional Climate and Weather Information
The humidity, air temperature, and air quality of a city can have a profound influence on the health of your loved one. Boston has a humid subtropical type of climate. Monthly, Boston measures approximately 4 inches of precipitation. The most rain usually happens in October with an average of 5 inches in a month. Boston receives on average 48.10 inches of snow. On average, the humidity level for Boston is approximately 64%. Humidity ratings reach their peak in September at around 69%. On average, the air quality index rating in Boston is about 48.3. The average air quality conditions are rated as good. The air quality index rating reaches its max rating during December at around 58.7. During this time, the average air quality conditions are rated moderate. This means that those who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion. During the summertime, Boston is approximately 73F. The low summer temperature is roughly 59F in June. The summer high rises to approximately 85F in July. In wintertime, the temperature sinks to around 33F. The winter high gets to about 45F during the month of December. The low winter temperature is roughly 22 F during the month of February.
Demographics and Values
Based on gender, 51.9% are female and 48.1% are male. The median age of Boston is 32 years old. In Boston, 20.4% of the population are over the age of 55, 8.1% are over the age of 60, 4.5% are over the age of 70, and 2.9% are over the age of 80. Boston has a population density of 5,472 people per square mile. The current population of Boston is growing at a rate of 0.009%. Of the population of Boston 47.4% have a college degree, 20.9% have a high-school diploma, and 21.3% have a graduate degree. In terms of crime, Boston has 22.5 property crimes per 1000 residents and 7.0 violent crimes per 1000 residents. In the previous presidential election, 81.8% voted Democrat, 4.1% voted for a third party candidate, and 14.1% voted Republican in Suffolk county. In Boston, 2.9% of the people are veterans of the United States military. Boston is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Racially, the population of Boston is 19.4% Hispanic, 4.9% mixed race, 0.4% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 9.5% Asian, 7.2% other or not specified, 25.3% black, and 52.8% white. In terms of Christian denominations, out of the total population of Boston 48.2% practice Catholicism, 4.9% practice another Christian faith, and 2.0% are Baptists. In Boston, 37.2% are nonbelievers. In terms of non-Christian denominations in Boston, out of the total population 0.7% practice Judaism, 1.0% practice an Eastern religion, and 1.1% practice Islam. In Boston, 12.3% have some form of disability, 68.9% participate in the labor force, 20.5% live in poverty, and 3.9% do not have health insurance.
An overview of Massachusetts
There are 78 general hospitals and 129 health centers that provide care for 6,941,273 Massachusetts residents. Cape Cod Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and New England Baptist Hospital are among the top three highest ranked hospitals in the state. In terms of personal well-being, Massachusetts ranks 2nd in healthcare and 8th in quality of life compared to other states. The natural beauty of Massachusetts is ranked 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.
Social demographics of the state
The median age in the state is 39, and 30% of the population is over the age of 55. In the most recent presidential election, 33% of Massachusetts residents voted Republican and 60% voted Democrat. In terms of religion, 23% of Massachusetts residents attend religious services among the 4,200 different congregations that are available in the state. The top three Christian denominations in the state are Evangelical Protestant-9%, Mainline Protestant-10%, and Historically Black Protestant-2%. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-3%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%. In Massachusetts there are 27 masonic lodges. The state of Massachusetts ranks 16th in the country for diversity and the state is considered very LGBTQ friendly.
State-wide weather information
During the summer, the average temperature in Massachusetts is around 68F. The average high summer temperature is around 85F in the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 50F in the month of June. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 28F. The average high winter temperature is around 45F in the month of January. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around 7F in the month of December. The average humidity across the state is 71%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 71% in the month of December. 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. The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of May at around 6.10 inches. On average, the state receives 4.04 inches of precipitation a month. 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 butterfly weed, white spruce, sycamore, and eastern red cedar. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the coyotes, the new England aster, the cutleaf coneflower, or the bobcats. The state animal of Massachusetts is the woodchucks.