Reveals Top 10 Best Cities For Snowbirds And Retirees

Austin Tops the List with the Best Combination of Weather, Rental Availability and Affordability, Economic Health and Demographics

Nov 21, 2013, 05:00 ET from

CHICAGO, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As soon as snow starts to fall in the north, the snowbird set flies off in search of sunshine and relaxation. For snowbirds seeking the best place to hang their sunhats, or retirees looking for a place to settle down more permanently, it pays to find a destination that meets the needs of this new lifestyle. Realizing rental needs change as people get older, evaluated cities across the country on a variety of key lifestyle factors:

  • High inventory of affordable apartments
  • Thriving economy
  • High retirement population
  • Weather
  • Flexible leasing options for short or long stays

As a result, has released the 2013 "Top 10 Cities for Snowbirds and Retirees." Austin, Texas topped the list, making it the number one hot spot for both snowbirds waiting out winter back home and those in it for the long haul, looking for a destination to lay down their roots and enjoy their retirement.

"We wanted to look at elements that make a city attractive to both part-time residents and to today's retiree who is active and seeking a vibrant community with weather that lets them stay active," says Dick Burke, president of "There are some surprises on the list—the biggest one being that typical snowbird cities in southern Florida were edged out by cities in Arizona and Texas. This is because our list takes into account more than just sunshine. By looking at a population that would offer the opportunity for friendships, the average cost of a two-bedroom apartment so there is room for visiting family, median income as an indicator of economic health of a market and important amenities including short-team lease options and air conditioning, our list uncovers some less-than-obvious options."

The 2013 "Top 10 Best Cities for Snowbirds and Retirees" list is a resource designed to help identify some new and different options for seniors as they begin this chapter of their lives.  

Top 10 Best Cities for Snowbirds and Retirees

Average Rent for a 2 Bedroom Apartment

1.       Austin, TX


2.       Las Vegas, NV (and nearby Henderson, NV)

$829 ($977)

3.       Scottsdale, AZ


4.       San Antonio, TX


5.       Phoenix, AZ


6.       Dallas, TX


7.       Jacksonville, FL


8.       Plano, TX


9.       Overland Park, KS


10.     Mesa, AZ


Burke adds, "The fact that Overland Park, Kansas made the Top 10 indicates there are some cities with moderate climates worth considering for quality part- or full-time retirement living. It's not all about golf and beaches. While those features make for great retirement destinations, it pays to investigate some of the lesser-looked-at cities offering affordable accommodations, good weather and economic and demographic profiles that can help ensure a full and exciting lifestyle."

Methodology evaluated cities based on their inventory of available apartments, the average rent for a two bedroom apartment (, September 2013) and median income ( Cities were awarded points for having a higher median age ( and more than 60% average days of sunshine annually (  In addition, weight was given to cities with the highest concentration of apartment communities that offered short-term leases and had air conditioned units (, September 2013). Cities were penalized for having a higher concentration of student housing (, September 2013) and any city with less than 60% average days of sunshine annually was eliminated.

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