Many retirees who usually head from cold northern climates to spend winter in the sunshine of Florida or Arizona have been waylaid by the pandemic, thanks to travel restrictions and health concerns.
This left some cities and states who depend on the influx of these migrating “snowbirds” confronted with a loss of key economic drivers. Hawaii, Nevada and Florida are the three states expected to see big revenue reductions this year, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.
The snowbird migration looks different in other ways, too. This year, more families and remote workers appear to be heading south in search of sunshine, cheaper rents, more space and lower taxes, the New York Times reports.
To find the best cities for snowbirds, StorageCafe, a national storage space search site, analyzed 392 cities across a range of metrics. These include: average temperature between October 2019 and March 2020, the percentage of seasonal homes out of the vacant housing stock, total beach length within a 10-mile radius of the city, number of golf courses and parks, crime, average internet speed, the percentage of the population with health insurance, average self-storage rates and the Covid-19 Community Vulnerability Index.
Best on StorageCafe’s study, these are the best cities for snowbirds of all ages.