SpareFoot Releases List of America’s Baby Boomer Boom Towns

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    San Antonio tops a new list of America’s Baby Boomer Boom Towns compiled by SpareFoot, which operates the country’s largest online marketplace for self-storage.

    To come up with this list, SpareFoot analyzed not just Baby Boomer population growth for the country’s 100 most populated metro areas, but also per-capita growth in gross domestic product (GDP), per-capita personal income growth, housing affordability and number of health care workers per capita.

    GDP and personal income data are inflation-adjusted. Housing affordability is determined by the National Association of Realtors’ Affordability Index; the higher the number, the more affordable the housing market. Two metro areas didn’t have data for this metric, so we estimated housing affordability based on numbers for similar areas nearby.

    Here is SpareFoot’s list of America’s 15 Baby Boomer Boom Towns.

    1. San Antonio, Texas

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 8 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 3.5 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 2.1 percent

    Housing affordability index: 198

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.035

    2. Boise, Idaho

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 11.7 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.4 percent

    Housing affordability index: 224.8

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.036

    3. Raleigh, North Carolina

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 10.9 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.9 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 0.7 percent

    Housing affordability index: 224.4

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.034

    4. Austin, Texas

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 6.4 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 3.6 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.6 percent

    Housing affordability index: 202

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.028

    5. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas

    The McAllen area sits just across the Rio Grande River from Mexico, and its retailers draw customers from both sides of the border. It’s attracting Baby Boomers and others at a fast clip and offers good access to health care.

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 9 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 2.1 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.2 percent

    Housing affordability index (estimated): 250

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.030

    6. Nashville, Tennessee

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 2 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 3 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 2.4 percent

    Housing affordability index: 236

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.036

    7. Orlando, Florida

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 10.5 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 0.07 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.6 percent

    Housing affordability index: 229.3

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.033

    8. Phoenix, Arizona

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 11.5 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 0.5 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 0.8 percent

    Housing affordability index: 231.2

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.031

    9. Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 2.4 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.8 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.9 percent

    Housing affordability index: 230

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.044

    10. Charlotte, North Carolina

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 7.2 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.5 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.5 percent

    Housing affordability index: 229.7

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.029

    11. Columbia, South Carolina

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 2.3 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 2.4 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.4 percent

    Housing affordability index: 228.9

    Total healthcare workers per capita: 0.042

    12. Knoxville, Tennessee

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 3.4 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.4 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.6 percent

    Housing affordability index: 236.4

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.041

    13. Houston, Texas

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 1.2 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 2.3 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 2.9 percent

    Housing affordability index: 225.3

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.029

    14. Jacksonville, Florida

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 6.5 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 0.2 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.2 percent

    Housing affordability index: 276.2

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.037

    15. Provo-Orem, Utah

    Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 9.7 percent

    Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.6 percent

    Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 0.5 percent

    Housing affordability index (estimated): 200

    Total health care workers per capita: 0.025

    For more information about SpareFoot’s list of America’s Baby Boomer Boom Towns, visit: blog.sparefoot.com/4827-baby-boomer-boom-towns.

    Data sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau

    About SpareFoot

    SpareFoot makes renting self-storage easy. Our free marketplace lets customers find and reserve storage units online. We have the largest inventory of storage units in the U.S., with a network of more than 6,500 facilities ranging from mom-and-pop to publicly traded REIT. We reach millions of people who need storage through exclusive partnerships with brands like SelfStorage.com, Apartments.com and Penske Truck Rental.

    The Austin Business Journal named SpareFoot the Best Place to Work in the Austin area for 2013, office furniture company Turnstone named SpareFoot one of the country’s Best Young Companies to Work For in 2013, and the Austin American-Statesman named SpareFoot the Top Workplace in the Austin area for 2013.

    For more information, visit SpareFoot.com.

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