Active adult communities in West Virginia offer Baby Boomers and working adults low-maintenance homes and a vibrant lifestyle. While many people do not think of an age-restricted community in West Virginia as their retirement destination, 55+ homebuyers who want to stay close to friends and family will remain in the state. In addition to the convenience of being close to familiar faces, West Virginia has a low cost of living. It's a beautiful region with mountain views and plentiful natural spaces with outdoor recreational options.
Climate & Geography
West Virginia is a mountainous state that encompasses a total area of 24,230 square miles. Age-restricted communities in West Virginia are nearby Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland all bordering states. Almost all of West Virginia falls in the Appalachian Region of the United States. Outdoor adventurers will be pleased to know that 55+ communities in West Virginia are nearby some of the oldest mountains in the world.
When searching for a low-maintenance home in West Virginia, climate is an important factor for 55+ homebuyers. Like all locations, temperature varies with elevation. The southwest portions of the state and along the east of the Appalachians are within a humid subtropical climate, where summers are hot and humid and winters are mild. The remainder of the state generally has a humid continental climate where summers are warm to hot and winters are cool to cold. Generally speaking, January s temperature ranges from 26 to 41 degrees and July s temperature average from 67 to 76 degrees.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Charleston is both the capital of West Virginia and the largest city in the state. Active adult communities in West Virginia can enjoy many attractions in the Charleston area. Educational and cultural opportunities abound with iconic attractions like the Capitol building, State Museum, Cultural Center, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, West Virginia Veterans Memorial, and more. Charleston has over 200 restaurants throughout the area and plenty of public parks like Cato Park, Coonskin Park, and the Kanawha State Forest.
History buffs will enjoy visiting battlefields, landmarks, Civil War museums, and historic districts located throughout the entire state. Active adult communities in West Virginia can visit Civil War cemeteries or explore the Civil War Trail. Those looking for entertainment can attend numerous theater performances or gamble at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in West Virginia is 13.90% lower than the national average. Expenses like groceries, healthcare, housing, and utilities all cost less when compared to the United States. Income tax in West Virginia is collected in five brackets that range from three to six-and-a-half percent and the state sales tax is collected at six perfect. Those who choose to purchase a home within an age-restricted community in West Virginia will have their property taxed at the county level.
Retirees who choose to live in a 55+ community in West Virginia have access to about 70 hospitals throughout the state. The three top medical centers in the state are West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown, Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, and St. Mary s Medical Center in Huntington.