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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Baby boomers geared up to move

 ~New survey finds one in three Boomers may move to another state~
SEE MASON-DIXON POLL RESULTS BELOW 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Where will Baby Boomers go to retire? A revealing new survey shows this massive generation of imminent retirees is looking for a place where taxes and housing costs are low, the climate is good and quality health care is readily available.

Other considerations that are important to Boomers are the availability of diverse recreational activities and supportive senior services, arts and cultural opportunities, proximity to the beach and the availability of life-long learning educational experiences.

That’s the picture painted by the first major survey in 10 years of retirement relocation preferences of the 78 million-strong Baby Boom generation, released today by the Consumer Federation of the Southeast. And it comes just as the first Boomers, born in 1946, reach the age of eligibility for full Social Security retirement benefits.

According to the survey, conducted for the Consumer Federation of the Southeast by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, a full third of Baby Boomers are open to moving across state lines to find the assets they are looking for, including a mid-size town that welcomes a diverse population.

“Already, thousands of Boomers are retiring every day nationwide,” said Walter Dartland, president of the Consumer Federation of the Southeast. “According to this survey, substantial numbers are interested in relocating in retirement. The decisions they make about where they will retire will have a huge impact not only on their families’ finances but on the communities to which they move.”

As the Boomer generation is so vast, a community need only attract three-tenths of one percent of relocating Boomers to add $1 billion per year in new income to its economy, creating jobs, new business and significant economic opportunities.

“This important survey, one of the most extensive of its kind in a decade, underscores the tremendous contribution that Americans aged 50 and older can offer to communities wherever they choose to live,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP Florida’s interim state director. “AARP Florida believes this research will help inform the efforts of many communities to better equip themselves to address issues important to a 50-plus population.”

The Consumer Federation’s survey of Boomers shows:
-       Some 96 percent say top-quality health care services are “very” or “somewhat” important to them in considering a relocation destination.

-       Affordable housing ranks second, with nearly 92 percent ranking that as a “very” or “somewhat” important criterion.

-       A warm, welcoming year-round climate is “very” or “somewhat” important to 85.5 percent – but a strong plurality of this group want their warm summers to be paired with a few cooler months.

-       Low local taxes are “very” or “somewhat” important to 81.1 percent.

-       Eight out of 10 relocating Boomers are looking for affordable recreational opportunities in a relocation destination, and about the same number seek strong local services for elder care.

Also important to relocating Boomers are the size of the community (seven in 10 prefer a mid-size city or small town); arts and cultural opportunities (very or somewhat important to three in four); beaches or ocean nearby (very or somewhat important to about six in 10), and about half are seeking access to life-long learning educational opportunities. About half say a community that welcomes diversity is very or somewhat important.

-       A large university is a plus for four in 10 Boomers willing to consider relocation.

-       And, more than half (58 percent) plan to buy a house in their retirement relocation destination.

“This survey offers important insights into what is significant to relocating Boomers,” Dartland said. “It underscores that for millions of Boomers who are considering relocating, good value, a welcoming community and thoughtful choices about their future are uppermost in their minds.”
Almost 54 percent of respondents indicated that the weak economy was not delaying their retirement plans. But, about 36 percent of respondents said that the economy had delayed retirement.

Pollsters asked respondents to name — unprompted and with no suggested options — a state they might consider relocating to for retirement. About 18 percent mentioned Florida as a top relocation destination.
The survey, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research between Nov. 14 and 22, 2011, surveyed 1,100 Americans ages 47 to 65 who said they would relocate in retirement, were considering relocation or weren’t sure. All respondents surveyed lived in the eastern half of the U.S., outside of Florida. The survey carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

BABY BOOMER POLL
1,100 adults between the ages of 47 & 65 were interviewed by telephone from November 14 through November 22, 2011 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc.  All respondents lived in the eastern half of the country (excluding Florida) and stated they were considering moving to another state when they retired.  The margin for error is +/-3%.

QUESTION: Within how many years are you planning to retire?
                                                 ALL       47-56     57-65
Already retired                           10%         1%        24%
Within next 2 years                    10%         3%        22%
Within 3-5 years                        16%       12%       22%
Within 6-9 years                         25%       23%       30%
10 years or more                        38%       60%        2%
Not Sure (NOT READ)            1%          1%          -

QUESTION: Is the current economy delaying your retirement, or will the economy have no significant effect on when you will retire?
                                                                        ALL       47-56     57-65
Economy delaying retirement                          36%          42%          25%
Economy not delaying retirement                     54%          50%         59%
Not Sure (NOT READ)                               10%            8%          16%

QUESTION: Please tell me how important each of the following will be in making a decision about where to retire – very important, somewhat important, or not important?
                                                   VERY IMP    SW IMP    NOT IMP    DK
- Climate                                       49%                        36%                 15%             -
- Local Taxes                                49%                      32%                 18%          1%
- Cost of Housing                         55%                       37%                7%            1%
- Recreation Activities                   34%                  46%                19%          1%
- Arts & Cultural Activities            26%                 49%                 24%           1%
- Educational Opportunities          19%                  28%                52%          1%
- Services for seniors                   45%                30%                 19%          1%
- Quality of Healthcare                66%               30%                 3%             1%
- Size of the community               20%                48%                31%            1%
- Community’s diversity               25%              38%                  37%             -
- Near the ocean & beaches       31%              28%                  40%           1%

QUESTION: What type of climate would you prefer when you retire?
                                                                               ALL       47-56     57-65
Warm & sunny year round                                         21%          24%          17%
Warm, but with some cooler months                          53%          47%          62%
A four season climate                                                  25%          28%          21%
Cooler climate                                                         1%            1%            -
QUESTION: What type of community would prefer when you retire?
                                                        ALL       47-56     57-65
A large city or metro area        10%          11%            9%
A mid-size city                            40%          37%          44%
A small town                                32%          33%          30%
A rural area                                  17%          18%          16%
Not Sure (NOT READ)             1%            1%            1%

QUESTION: Are you likely to buy a home for your retirement years?
                              ALL       47-56     57-65
Yes                          59%          60          57%
No                          25%          23%          30%
Not Sure               16%          17%          17%

QUESTION: Would you consider having a large university to be a positive factor, a negative factor, or not a factor in determining whether or not to live in a particular community?
                                  ALL       47-56     57-65 
Positive factor     41%           41%          42%
Negative factor     8%          11%            4%
Not a factor          51%           48%          54%

QUESTION: Of the following factors, which one will be most important in determining where you will retire?  What would be the second most important? (ORDER ROTATED)
                                                     1ST CHOICE     2ND CHOICE     COMBINED
Climate                                                   15%                   20%                       35%
Cost of Housing                                   19%                  11%                         30%
Quality of Healthcare                         12%                  15%                         27%
Near the Ocean & Beaches                13%                   9%                          22%
Local Taxes                                          11%                    8%                          19%
Services for Seniors                            10%                   9%                          19%
Recreation Activities                           8%                   7%                            15%
Size of the Community                          8%                  6%                           14%
Arts & Cultural Activities                     1%                   8%                            9%
Community’s Diversity                         –                       1%                            1%
Educational Opportunities                    -                      -                                 -
Not Sure (NOT READ)                   3%                       6%                         9%

QUESTION: When you retire, what will be your primary source of income?
A pension                                 17%
Money you have saved for retirement     23%
Social Security                      18%
Other/Combination (NOT READ)               36%
Not Sure (NOT READ)                         6%

QUESTION: What do you estimate your annual pension income will be?
Will not receive a pension        15%
$<25,000                           16%
$25,000-$49,999                  24%
$50,000-$74,999                  9%
$75,000-$99,999                  8%
$100,000+                          1%
Not Sure/Refused                  27%

QUESTION: Currently, how much would you estimate you have personally saved for your retirement?
<$100,000                          39%
$100,000-$249,999                 14%
$250,000-$499,999                 7%
$500,000+                          14%
Not Sure/Refused (NOT READ)          26%

DEMOGRAPHICS:
AGE:           47-56          690 (63%)         
57-65          410 (37%)

EDUCATION:
High School (or less)               200 (18%)
Some College/Technical Program     282 (26%)
College Graduate                 361 (33%)
Graduate Degree                   257 (23%)

INCOME:
<$25,000                 136 (12%)
$25,000-$49,999        151 (14%)
$50,000-$74,999        237 (22%)
$75,000-$99,999        118 (10%)
$100,000+                288 (26%)
Refused                  170 (16%)

RACE/ETHNICITY:
White/Caucasian          864 (79%)
Black/African American     154 (14%)
Hispanic/Latino          70  (6%)
Other/Refused            12  (1%)

SEX:              
Male            535 (49%)
Female         565 (51%)

REGION:  
Northeast      413 (37%)
Midwest        347 (32%)
South          340 (31%)

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