Where to Retire Magazine Releases State-to-State Flows for Retirement Relocation

Posted on: February 08, 2018

The greatest number of relocating retirees move from New York to Florida, according to the latest research from the U.S. Census Bureau and featured in Where to Retire magazine, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. In fact, eight of the top 10 state-to-state flows are to the Sunshine State. Rounding out the top 10 are California to Arizona and California to Nevada. The research, detailed in “Retirement Relocation: State-to-State Flows,” is in the March/April 2018 issue, available nationwide on Feb. 13.

 “Florida has dominated both retirement relocation and tourism for decades, and the two are related,” said Annette Fuller, editor of Where to Retire. “A beautiful vacation spot also would be a great place to retire, right? Census data certainly confirms this.”

A popular counter stream has people originally from the Northeast, who went to Florida, eventually leaving that state and coming “halfway back” to one of the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia or Alabama. “They are known as halfbacks,” Fuller said. “They may want to get closer to family, or they may simply miss all four seasons.”
Other interesting highlights include many retirees leaving California to retire to Texas and Oregon. Arizona also receives a lot of retirees from Washington, Minnesota and Illinois.

The study, commissioned by Where to Retire, was done by Don Bradley, a professor at Samford University in Birmingham, AL, who has specialized in retiree migration research since 2003. The story is the second in a series of four analyzing census data. Each story, running in four of the six 2018 issues, will have maps and charts outlining retiree migration trends.

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

Where to Retire, now in its 26th year of print, is published six times a year. The magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities, and recently released its 10th biennial list naming the 50 best master-planned communities in the U.S. A one-year subscription is $18.

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