A tony town in Florida is the best place in America for snowbirds.
Boca Raton — known for its upscale amenities — placed first in a ranking of the Top 100 Best Cities for Snowbirds compiled by StorageCafe, a nationwide storage space marketplace.
Two nearby cities — Jupiter and West Palm Beach — ranked second and third on the list.
What makes the trio of South Florida communities so attractive to those fleeing the cold? According to StorageCafe:
“All three cities have October to March average temperatures in the mid-70s, a sizable percentage of their vacant housing inventory dedicated to seasonal use, and provide easy access to beaches, golf courses and parks.”
Boca Raton — a city about an hour north of Miami — finished first on the list because, among other things, more than half of its vacant housing stock is intended for seasonal use. It also has an average temperature of 74 degrees from October to March, and its average internet speed is good.
Florida cities dominated the rankings, taking the top four slots and six of the top 10. In compiling the ranking, StorageCafe looked at a handful of factors. The most heavily weighted factors include:
- Average temperature from October to March
- Proportion of vacant housing stock for seasonal use
- Total length of beaches within a 10-mile radius
- Park acreage per capita
- Number of golf courses
- Average cost for a 10-foot-by-10-foot storage unit (for seasonal belongings such as beach accessories, sports equipment, hobby gear and clothing)
- COVID-19 community vulnerability index, as calculated by the Surgo Foundation
- Percentage of the population with health insurance
StorageCafe notes that Florida cities dominate the list because, over the years, the Sunshine State has built up an infrastructure of “affordable rental complexes and senior communities that make it easier for snowbirds to spend the winter in the area.”
The full top 10 is:
- Boca Raton, Florida
- Jupiter, Florida
- West Palm Beach, Florida
- Fort Myers, Florida
- Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Clearwater, Florida
- Delray Beach, Florida
- Corpus Christi, Texas
- Gilbert, Arizona
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