From the October 2009 issue of Boomer Market Advisor • Subscribe!

Are your clients more Green Acres than Park Avenue?

According to Robert Powell's Retirement Blog at MarketWatch, if baby boomers follow migration patterns similar to those of their predecessors, the rural population age 55 to 75 will increase by 30 percent between 2010 and 2020. Powell finds this in a new report just published by U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. Viewed another way, writes Powell: The number of boomers between the ages of 55 and 75 living in rural areas will increase from 8.6 to 14.2 million between 2000 and 2020, according to John Cromartie and Peter Nelson, co-authors of the report, "Baby Boom Migration and Its Impact on Rural America."

But where will they move? Here are the top 15 rural areas for baby boomer retirement (listed alphabetically):

Dare County, N.C.
Forest County, Pa.
Graham County, N.C.
Highland County, Va.
Hinsdale County, Colo.
Jackson County, Colo.
Jackson County, N.C.
Keweenaw County, Mich.
Lake County, Mich.
Mineral County, Colo.
Mono County, Calif.
Monroe County, Fla.
Pocahontas County, W. Va.
Tillamook County, Ore.
Valley County, Idaho

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