What is a Snowbird? It’s that time of year!

You don’t have to live in the Phoenix area very long before you start hearing the word Snowbird. (Spoiler: Snowbirds aren’t really birds at all.)

Phoenicians all over the Valley are starting to notice the roads are a bit more crowded, restaurants are busier, and the lines at retailers are just a bit longer. ‘Tis the season for Snowbirds! Snowbird is the name affectionately used to describe our friends from colder, snowy climates who flock to our State in the winter months. They have an enormous impact on our economy and fuel the seasonal rental market. While some people have mixed feelings about the extra 300-400 thousand people in the greater Phoenix Metro area during the Winter months, We LOVE it!

“A snowbird is someone from the U.S. Northeast, U.S. Midwest, Pacific Northwest, or Canada who spends a large portion of winter in warmer locales such as California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, the Carolinas, or elsewhere along the Sun Belt of the southern and southwest United States, Mexico, and areas of the Caribbean.”

Specifically, We’re talking about our retiree friends that travel from whatever cold, miserable Winter-y location they usually call home. Snowbirds spend the winter in the Phoenix area because, as they say, you don’t have to shovel sunshine!

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