Top 10 Snowbird Facts
Every year, starting in December, two million people start heading south to escape the cold winter months. Typically these people, called Snowbirds, are baby boomers born between the years 1946 – 1964. They tend to “land” in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and the most popular snowbird destination, Florida. Some snowbirds own a house at their winter getaway, others rent, and some stay in an RV. No matter how they do it, we’ve all wanted to have the title of snowbird at some point during the long winter months. I am looking forward to the day I can officially say, ” I am a snowbird!” Here are the Top 10 Snowbird Facts.
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Top 10 Snowbird Facts
1. The term “snowbird” has been around for almost 100 years. The word was first used in 1923 to describe seasonal workers who moved south for the winter months. By 1979 the term was commonly referred to the large number of retiree tourists who flocked to the south.
2. A large population of international snowbirds come from Canada. About 10% of snowbirds live in a permanent location outside of the United States. Four out of five international snowbirds come from Canada.
3. Many snowbirds will eventually become “sunbirds”. A larger number of snowbirds will evolve over time and make their southern home their permanent residence and travel back north only a couple of moths during the year.
4. Snowbird RVers create what’s called a “white city”. Some RV parks in southern locations are extremely popular snowbird destinations. The parks rely on the revenues the snowbirds bring in during the winter months. These locations are referred to as “white cities” because the view from above shows the tops of all the motor homes, which are always white.
5. Baby boomers are taking over the snowbird population. It wasn’t always this way, but today the majority of snowbirds are between the ages of 50 – 69. This generation is known to be very active and they tend to be wealthy, well educated and adapt to the snowbird lifestyle.
6. Snowbirds do more then just lay around when they temporarily relocate. Groups like the Canadian Snowbird Association have annual meeting and events in the southern states. These events often include fun activities, food, drinks and lots of socializing.
7. John D. Rockefeller was one of the very first snowbirds. Rockefeller was way ahead of his time and spent the winters in Ormond Beach, Florida beginning in 1914.
8. Many snowbirds spend up to six months in their winter escapes. What makes them different from any other tourist is that they travel south and stay for much longer. It’s not unusual for snowbirds to stay at their winter getaway for up to six months at a time.
9. Snowbirds bring their pets too. You can bet there are hundreds of “snowdogs” and “snowcats” out there because even fur babies like taking a vacation every once in awhile (see bringing your dog on vacation, for how popular this really is).
10. Snowbirds have a big impact on the economy of the southern states. Winter visitors don’t just hang out and then leave. They have a big impact on the area’s economy. The pay real estate taxes, grocery shop, buy gas, go out to eat and some work seasonal jobs or volunteer.
There are more than just these top 10 snowbird facts. Comment below if you know anymore facts, or if you are a snowbird. We’d love to hear from you! and….if you’d like to learn more about the Beaches of SWFL, you can download our free guide.