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Wisconsin is meeting the rise in senior citizens who are now living into their upper eighties. This number will double by 2020 and assisted living houses, apartments, and care centers will increase to meet the demand. Wisconsin’s seniors over 65 will number more than 760,000 by the end of 2010.
Wisconsin’s reputation for the Green Bay Packers and cheese heads bring recognition across America from football fans. The states production of milk and butter is second only to California. However, for cheese production, it holds the nation's production title solidly at first place for some of the best quality cheese products made.
Wisconsin's larger cities are in the southeast region of the state. This includes Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay, with Madison being the state capitol. The largest employer in Wisconsin is Wal-mart, and for senior biker fans, Wisconsin is the home of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
Milwaukee is at the Southeast boundary on the shores of Lake Michigan and is the most populous city in the state. The weather here can change quickly because of the lake breeze effects from Lake Michigan. The state overall has warm humid summers and frigid cold winters with several snowstorms.
The northern third of Wisconsin contains heavily wooded forest with many clear water lakes. Timber is king in this part of Wisconsin as is hunting, fishing, and great outdoor adventures. The lower two thirds represent the prime dairy producing areas with many farms and livestock investments.
Seniors who wish to retire in Wisconsin will find a diverse selection of health care community choices. The assisted living care centers among the larger city centers are many. They offer more in the way of commercial attractions and services. The smaller towns do offer a more peaceful environment and country living surroundings. Seniors will still find assisted living or nursing home care to be close by.
The winters do get cold and snowy in Wisconsin, but the ice fishing is world-class. Give this dairy capitol a good look when considering your retirement or assisted living health care needs. Personal income tax in Wisconsin varies from 4.6% to 7.75%, the sales and use tax is 5% to 5.5% depending on location of the purchased items.
Assisted living cost average about $40,725 yearly or $3,393 a month. Costs are dependent on the degree of health care needed. Nursing home average costs are $78,000 yearly or about $213 a day, again depending on the location and health care needed. The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services survey and inspect all assisted living centers. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services oversees and licenses nursing homes.