Think all retirees flock to Florida? Not so, reports the Associated Press.
Retirees are increasingly likely to pick snow over sunshine for their later years. The wire service says baby boomers are gravitating toward Wyoming and Montana, promising to turn these states from relatively young into two of the nation’s oldest.
This mirrors a similar story in the Wall Street Journal recently, which detailed the new gentrification. Long a term associated with yuppie encroachment into lower income urban neighborhoods, the Journal has now added a rural slant, and says “broad swaths of rural America – from New England to the Rocky Mountain West – are being gussied up, too.”
Economists say retirees are drawn to the West by its low crime, fresh air, little traffic and abundant outdoor activities, according to the AP. Although people of all ages like those things, older people tend to be flexible enough in their careers, families and finances to finally kick up their boots on a porch rail.
The wire service says Florida is expected to remain the state with the largest over-65 population. But by 2030, the Census Bureau predicts Montana and Wyoming will both be in the top ten.