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Old 10-03-2016, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I am curious as to what percent of residents in 55+ communities are winter residents only. Anyone have any info anecdotally or otherwise?
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:53 AM
 
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Where I live here in Massachusetts it's 50%. Half of that 50% own homes somewhere else and they either claim residency somewhere else or go for close to half the year. The other half of the 50% does monthly rentals and they're gone for the brunt of winter. Residents are required to fill out a form listing a property caretaker, dates they'll be away, etc., so I trust this equation.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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About 1/3. It seems like more since the summers are really hot and you just don't see many people then.

I find the snowbirds are older. Most of the people I know in their 50's and early 60's are full year residents. An exception are the few that still work and come here when they can regardless of season.
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:06 PM
 
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I remember reading an article in AZ Central a few years ago that estimated that 30-40% of the residents of popular age restricted communities (I know they mention Sun City and Trilogy at Vistancia) were snowbirds. I was surprised the number was that high - until I moved here! I live in a non-age restricted master planned community and I would guess about 10-15% of our community are snowbirds.

ETA: Found the article I read; it is from 2011 and talks about changes in snowbird behavior over the years!
http://archive.azcentral.com/news/ar...eld-guide.html
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:19 PM
 
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I am curious as to what percent of residents in 55+ communities are winter residents only. Anyone have any info anecdotally or otherwise?

Well, it depends on what you consider a snowbird.

Is a person who is in Arizona January - March a snowbird? Sure
How about a person who is here October to April?
Or the people who are here October - May?
Or those who head to Logan, UT June - August?


In my neighborhood (HOA) in Green Valley, they break down into the following categories:

15% are still working (usually in Tucson) and are here year around.
25% are retired and are here MOST of the time. (10-12 months)
10% have cottages or trailers "up north" and spend 3-4 months in the Midwest and PNW
10% are foreign nationals and are precluded from a stay longer than six months at a time.
10-15% are vacant and/or rarely occupied
25-30% are residents for 2-4 months.

My neighborhood may not be representative.

Many of the people in my area owned a home and a cottage when they lived up North. When they retired, they sold their primary home but kept the cottage as a way of having a place for their children and grandchildren to visit.

I hope that helps.
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Our 55+ community in Arizona has 67 homes and probably 60 to 70 percent are full time residents. Our Alaska community isn't age restricted, but it's mostly older folks, of which a small number are snowbirds.
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Of our 270 residents, almost half leave for the entire summer.
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Old 10-05-2016, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I have known a number of snowbirds. It is very common for them to get tired of maintaining 2 homes. One of them told me that "no matter what you need, it is in the other house".

Some folks will live on the road in an RV for half the year. Some of them find the "perfect community" in their travels and settle there.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I would say at least 10%. After a few years they probably become full time but are replaced by others.
I would say you can find communities that up to 30% are gone for a few months a year. May or may not own property at other locations.

If you are moving look for communities that discourage short term rentals.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley,az summer/east valley Az winter
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A lot depends on the particular 55+ park you are speaking of. The first one I snowbirded to had about 2000 residents jan~ march and dropped to 27 residents year round. The 55+ community I winter in now has about 45% year round residents. A lot has to do with cost and size of homes and amenities offered. If you come to a winter home that has Park model homes (limited by law to under 400 sq ft.) with a lot of activities that are available only during winter months for a reasonable rent you do the snowbird thing. If you are in a 55+ community that has 1500+ sq ft homes with amenities that are offered year round you figure you can put up with 30+ days of 110+ degree days a year with only a vacation in the summer. In between are those that have rather good homes in 2 locations that spend somewhere close to 6 months in each location.


After 4 retirement home moves my homes are about 2 1/2 hours apart but summer temps run 20+ cooler summers than in my winter homes. Right now still in the Mountain home with temps a sunny 50~ 75 degrees and winter home running upper 60's to mid 90's am watching the forecasts to decide where to be. When its 40's to mid 50's I'd rather be where its upper 50's to upper 80's. My summer home loses probably 50% of its inhabitants about now ~ neighboring community loses about 80%.
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