For millions of Americans, retirement doesn’t just involve more time to fix up the house. It involves swapping out the house itself for one in a warmer climate.
A TIME analysis of four years of Census records found that, among the 3.3 million people age 50 and over who were no longer in the work force and choose to move between states, their destinations were overwhelmingly clustered in just a few places: Florida, Arizona and the coast of South Carolina.
Of the top locations, number one is Sumter County, Fla., which is home to the infamous retirement community The Villages and has the highest median age of any county in Florida. Lake Havasu City, Arizona is a close second, following by Hilton Head Island,South Carolina.
A handful of other states have smaller clusters of retirees.
Many choose to spend their golden years in or around Las Vegas.
|TOP 25 LOCATIONS||STATE|
|1.||Sumter (North) & Lake (North) Counties||FL|
|2.||Mohave & La Paz Counties–Lake Havasu City||AZ|
|3.||Beaufort & Jasper Counties–Hilton Head Island, Bluffton Towns & Beaufort City||SC|
|6.||Lee County (South & West)–Barrier Islands Region||FL|
|7.||Lee County (Northwest)–Cape Coral City||FL|
|8.||Maricopa County–El Mirage City & Sun City||AZ|
|9.||Sarasota County (Central & Gulf Coast)||FL|
|10.||Volusia County–Port Orange, Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach (East) & Oak Hill Cities||FL|
|11.||Maricopa County–Mesa City (East)||AZ|
|12.||Brevard County (Northwest)–Titusville, Rockledge & Cocoa Cities||FL|
|13.||Horry County (Southeast)–Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach Cities & Socastee (East)||SC|
|14.||Sarasota County (East)||FL|
|15.||Marion County (South Central)||FL|
|16.||Lee County (Southeast)–Bonita Springs City & Estero (East)||FL|
|18.||Carson City, Lyon, Douglas & Storey Counties||NV|
|19.||Yuma County–Yuma City||AZ|
|20.||Southwest Heartland–Highlands (Northwest), DeSoto & Hardee Counties||FL|
|21.||Pinal County (North)–Apache Junction City||AZ|
|24.||Kootenai County (Northwest)–Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls & Hayden Cities||ID|
|25.||Clark County (Central)–Henderson City (West)||NV|