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7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Snowbirds
Just as their nickname implies, snowbirds are those who migrate to warm climates when their chilly winter hometown temperatures creep in. Arizona, Texas and Florida are just a few states snowbirds find respite in, but we bet you don’t know everything about snowbirds! Let’s talk about some fun facts you may not know about these seasonal travelers!
1. “Snowbird” is not a new term
In fact, “snowbird” has been used to describe seasonal travelers for almost 100 years! The first use of the term was to describe workers who moved south for the winter season. By 1979, it was adapted to refer to the increasing number of retired tourists who, like the name infers, flocked like birds to the warmer southern states.
2. Many snowbirds are actually from Canada!
Canadians account for four out of five international snowbirds. With notoriously frigid temps, who can blame them? Living in the great white north means Canucks have prime access to the best activities winter has to offer. But after half a lifetime of devoting five months out of the year to skiing, snowshoeing and ice-skating, it’s no wonder that many Canadian retirees migrate to tropical temperatures. And not surprisingly, there’s even a Canadian Snowbird Association that’s made up of more than 80,000 members, many of whom are 65 years and up. Pretty cool, eh?
3. Snowbirds have their own communities
There are entire newspapers and magazines dedicated to keeping seasonal travelers informed and connected. There are even associations and groups that host events and activities to introduce like-minded people in a fun and inviting environment.
4. The majority of snowbirds are Baby Boomers
Most snowbirds are between 50 – 69 years old and have a sense of adventure! This generation is coming into the age of retirement and they are excited to spend their time exploring and staying active.
5. Young travelers prefer a different name
Younger generations have come to associate “snowbirds” with elderly people flocking to the south. As Baby Boomers do make up a large portion of seasonal travelers, many young folks prefer to be referred to as “winter visitors” as an important distinction.
6. Snowbirds are typically healthier
Soaking up the sun in months usually reserved for snow isn’t the only benefit of migrating south for the winter. The study called, “Snowbirds, Sunbirds and Stayers: Seasonal Migration of the Elderly in Florida,” looked into the habits of seasonal travelers and found that snowbirds enjoy overall better health than those who stay in one place all year round. According to the study, more than 63 percent of snowbirds assessed their health as “very good” or excellent,” while people of the same demographic who stayed put for the winter reported less desirable health.
7. Many snowbirds evolve into “sunbirds”
Snowbirds live in warm climates for a few months in the winter, but return to their permanent home in the springtime. Sometimes all this moving around can be tiring, and it can be tempting to adopt the snowbird lifestyle more permanently. Many snowbirds eventually settle down in their southern home for good, or return north only for a short time in the summer.
Are you a Snowbird? Then we have great news!