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Arizona Narrows Gap With Florida as Retirement Destination

These states are the most popular for retirees over 60

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Census Bureau data show that while Florida remains the top choice for relocating retirees, Arizona has been narrowing the gap between the two most popular states for those age 60 and older who are looking for a place to spend their golden years.

According to federal government data analyzed by SmartAsset, a financial advice firm, net migration among people 60-plus to Florida last year was just over 68,900, while the comparable figure was about 31,200 for Arizona. But that gap of nearly 38,000 was about a third smaller than the 56,000-person difference recorded the previous year. Overall, about 17 percent of Arizonans are age 65 or older; the total is 20 percent in Florida.

Both states experience generally warm weather and have lower taxes, which continue to be big draws.

Florida and Arizona are by far the most popular choices for retirees. In the next two positions are South Carolina, with net migration of 12,001 among older adults, and North Carolina, at 9,209. (The Carolinas reversed their rankings from the previous year.)

Rounding out the top 10 are Nevada (8,582), Tennessee (8,359), Texas (8,296), Washington (3,964), Idaho (2,966) and Delaware (2,605).

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