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Old 07-28-2019, 06:37 PM
 
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I've been to Arizona many times. I even thought i would move there.

The last time i went was in April a few years ago. We left in the morning from Texas. It was a nice chilly day.

We get there - it was horribly WARM. No way

I've only been to the panhandle of Florida. It was okay. But too humid. Even more than our south texas beaches.
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Old 07-28-2019, 06:44 PM
 
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Simple and quick answer for the most part is because they are still affordable for many and have warm winters or winters that are mostly without snow.
Then you divide the two states between people that don't mind humidity and those that prefer dry air. There you have it in a nutshell.
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Old 07-28-2019, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Simple and quick answer for the most part is because they are still affordable for many and have warm winters or winters that are mostly without snow.
Then you divide the two states between people that don't mind humidity and those that prefer dry air. There you have it in a nutshell.
Exactly.
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Old 07-28-2019, 06:59 PM
 
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There was a standup comic joke. Went kind of like this

"My parents lived in Brooklyn and they moved to Florida after they retired.

They didn't want to, but it's the law."
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Old 07-28-2019, 07:06 PM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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Warm winters got the influx started and then to some degree it feeds on itself - more and more communities and activities geared toward seniors. But mostly it's the weather. I am one of the odd ducks that likes humidity when it's warm; not crazy hot but warm. My joints feel best in that. I have a lot of family in FL also, but that's not a pull for most people.
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Old 07-28-2019, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I would think it is a combination of weather and costs. You may also have the option to go North for a few months if it gets too hot.
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Old 07-28-2019, 07:19 PM
 
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The other question is the validity of the question. How many people actually move? Not many, probably less than 10%.
You're moving away from family, friends, kids, grand kids, familiarities, doctors, etc.
It costs 8%-10% of the price of your house to move. There's also the possibility of a capital gains hit.

More baby boomers stay in their homes as they reach retirement, skipping downsizing
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Old 07-28-2019, 07:29 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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FL was never on our radar, but our young grandkids, son and DIL live in a beach community, making it an easy decision to move near them with retirement in mind. Five years of being snowbirds allowed us to time to see if FL was a good fit before we sold our NY state home. It’s been one of our better decisions for many reasons.

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Old 07-28-2019, 07:32 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I am always surprised how many northern state residents flee to FL and AZ, and have for yrs. But when living in Thailand, it was full of Europeans doing the same thing.

Probably if you polled the seniors who move to FL and AZ... reasons would be lack of snow + ability to have an outdoor recreational life in the winter. Time is getting short for seniors and shoveling snow can shorten your life and injure you.

Both states are too hot for me (as is TX).
Flagstaff is OK!, but far from an international airport and might have to shovel snow!

I find FL really 'worn-out'.
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Old 07-28-2019, 07:40 PM
 
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reasons would be lack of snow + ability to have an outdoor recreational life in the winter.

ya but... in AZ and probably FL you're pretty much stuck inside late spring to early fall because of the heat about the same amount of time you'd be stuck inside in the midwest or northeast because of the cold.
You're just trading one miserable season for another.
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