Fewer seniors are retiring in the sun

You’ve probably heard of snowbirds before: they’re the seniors who spend most of the year living in Canada or the northern United States, but once winter approaches, they move to their homes in Sunbelt states like Florida, basking in the sun and avoiding the cold weather.

But according to a new retirement survey, and reported by Forbes, more seniors say they don’t plan to move to another location when they retire, and instead hope to live in the same place.

The survey, commissioned by Del Webb, a builder of retirement communities, found that 62 percent of respondents said they don’t plan to move in retirement. Only two years ago, that number was 42 percent.

Deborah Meyer, one of the authors of the study, told Forbes that one reason for the jump in seniors saying they don’t plan on moving in retirement is probably at least partly as a result of more retirees taking on part-time jobs and second careers after retiring.

Still, that leaves nearly 40 percent of soon-to-be retirees hoping to spend their golden years in other states, and they can be comfortable knowing that there are assisted living communities across North America, and even around the world, that fit their budget and their lifestyle, no matter where they plan on retiring.