Newspaper Traces Evolution of Arizona's 'Snowbirds'

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December 5, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Thirty years ago, Arizona's snowbirds were a largely monolithic flock. They stowed months of supplies in their RVs and fled the cold Midwestern winters to soak up the sun at mobile-home parks in the state's East Valley.

Most were middle-class retirees who launched their migration in the fall and created their own fleeting societies, venturing into nearby communities for food and fun. By May, their trailer courts were empty, the Arizona Republic reported.

Snowbirds, also known as seasonal residents, have since evolved into a richly diverse group. They arrive in the Phoenix area at different times, live throughout the Valley and vary by age, income, state or country of origin, housing preference, political impact and social habits.

Canadians, motivated by their suddenly strong dollar, are now descending in droves, many abandoning Florida's sunny beaches for the desert landscapes and lower property taxes of the Southwest.

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