I live in New England and this weekend’s snow got me thinking about the older adults in the area. We have had a pretty bad winter and the snow on my lawn has been present since January. Many older adults upon retirement, choose to move to a sunnier location for the wintery part of the year. Given the minimal shoveling of sidewalks, I can see why. But one has to have the means and many older adults do not. This has implications for the region they move to and the one they leave behind. Their resources come with them, boosting the economy wherever they go. Because the winter migration patterns are a significant number of older adults, it has such an impact when people are deciding to stay home. This is occurring now in the current economic times. For example, in Florida the number of snowbirds fell 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter.

What makes this more interesting is how the Baby Boomers claim they will retire. I found this article by Eric Gillin titled, Baby Boomers Busting the Retirement Migration Mold. About 83% of boomers say they would love to remain in their current residents for as long as possible and have little intention of moving. Those present retirees who are moving are heading to surprising places. Between 1990 and 2000, in places like Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Wyoming, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, the number of people over the age of 65 increased by more than 20%. Arizona became the second largest receiving state, next to Florida, and for the first time Nevada entered the top ranking retirement states. It will be very interesting to see if the 2010 Census gives us even more dramatic numbers.

Residential areas are popping up for retirees everywhere, attempting to attract them in droves. Like I mentioned before, they bring resources and provide an economic boost to the area. States will try to make areas accommodating, attractive, and exciting to encourage older adults to move in. And why not? Everyone sees the migration impact on Florida’s economy.