Which Small Town Border, High Country Eagle Lifestyles Appeal to You?

With modest educations and incomes, these residents maintain low-key, sedentary lifestyles.

 

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One of the youngest segments in America-with ten times as many college students as the national average-these neighborhoods feature low incomes and high concentrations of Hispanics and African-Americans.

 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

But to zero in on the best place for you you’ll have to visit and schedule time to explore potential new homes in a region.

Oh, darn!

Lifestyles Segments: Urban to Rustic Density

Country Communities

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Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM  estimated that country communities represented 39.6% of United States population in 2011.

Town and Rural areas (T) have population density scores under 40.

This category includes exurbs, towns, farming communities, and a wide range of other rural areas.”

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

Let’s turn to three High Country Eagle household lifestyles:

High Country Eagles, Small Town Borders (HCESTB) – Two 20-29 year old Striving Singles and one 65+Sustaining Seniors.

We use Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM lifestyle segmentation profiles to evaluate best places for relocation to more authentic, quality-of-life communities.

And, if your community already includes the following profiles, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on in your neighbors’ lives.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 7,935,137
  • Median Household Income : $27,604
  • Wikipedia: Breaking Away Film

These three High Country Eagle residents share similar lifestyles preferences with two of our Permanent Temporaries, The Cutters (PTTC) residents.

Micro-City Blues was created via the predominantly downscale residents living in the affordable housing found throughout the nation’s smaller cities.

A diverse social group, these segments contain a mix of old and young, singles and widowers, whites, African-Americans and Hispanics.

Most of the workers hold blue-collar jobs—hence the name—and their marketplace behaviors reflect the segments’ varied lifestyles.

This is one of the few social groups where consumers have a high index for video games and bingo, aerobic exercise and fishing, BET and the Country Music Network.

Where in the West will you find those three lifestyles?

Google Maps: Palm Desert, CA

We’ve found them living in two California communities and a neighborhood in Idaho:

  • Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Eureka, CA
  • Palm Desert, CA

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

47Y3C3, City Startups, 20-29, Singles, Striving Singles, Micro-City Blues – HCESTB Small Town Borders, High Country Eagles (Eureka, CA)

Small Town Border (HCESTB): “In City Startups, young, multi-ethnic singles have settled in  neighborhoods filled with cheap apartments and a commercial base of cafes, bars, laundromats and clubs that cater to twentysomethings. 

One of the youngest segments in America-with ten times as many college students as the national average-these neighborhoods feature low incomes and high concentrations of Hispanics and African-Americans.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,525,847 (1.31%)
  • Median Household Income: $23,777

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at The Limited
  • Attended college football games
  • Read Spin
  • Watched Game Show Network
  • Drove a Suzuki Forenza”

53Y3C3, Mobility Blues, 20-29, Single, Striving Singles, Micro-City Blues – HCESTB Small Town Borders, High Country Eagles (Coeur d’Alene, ID)

Small Town Border (HCESTB): “Young singles and single parents make their way to Mobility Blues, a segment of working-class  neighborhoods in America’s satellite cities. 

Racially mixed and under 25 years old, these transient Americans tend to have modest lifestyles due to their lower-income blue-collar jobs.

Surveys show they excel in going to movies, playing basketball and shooting pool.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,522,347 (1.30%)
  • Median Household Income: $29,419

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Circuit City
  • Went whitewater rafting
  • Read WWE Magazine
  • Watched Telemundo
  • Drove a Hundai Tiburon”

60M4C3, Park Bench Seniors, 65+Sustaining Seniors,  Micro-City Blues – HCESTB Small Town Borders, High Country Eagles (Palm Desert, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,345,679 (1.15%)
  • Median Household Income: $24,290

Small Town Borders (HCESTB): Park Bench Seniors typically are retired singles living in the racially mixed neighborhoods of the nation’s satellite cities. 

With modest educations and incomes, these residents maintain low-key, sedentary lifestyles. 

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Theirs is one of the top-ranked segments for TV viewing, especially daytime soaps and game shows.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Purchased in-home housewares 
  • Bought gospel music
  • Read Jet
  • Watched The People’s Court
  • Drove a Suzuki Reno”

Will you find a 100% fit?

No.

These lifestyle descriptions are intended to paint a picture of a new neighborhood you’d enjoy, because you share some of the same traits with current residents.

If you plan to relocate, start visiting communities on your short bucket list.

Don’t have a short list yet?

Steps:

8) Sit down with your spouse, partner or friends and write-up your bucket list of places.

20) Pivot. Maybe the lists of best places don’t appeal to you. Where can you go to make a fresh, new start? Don’t limit your imagination. Think anywhere — across the globe. Where do you really, really want to live, work and play?  Why not live where it’s a vacation all year round?

21)  Spend the time to find the best place to live and invest. It will be worth your while. The great thing about living where others spend their vacation is the year round quality-of-life.

26) If you know the zip code you can discover the lifestyles living in the community. You can compare your profile with theirs to estimate your degree of fit.

27) Estimate how well suited you are for the resorts. Refer to “Profiles-at-a-Glance” comparing 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 for changes in Life Stages – Singles, Couples, Families, Midlife, Empty Nests, Baby Boomers and Seniors; Ages – 20-29, 25-54, 30-44, 45+ 45-65, 55+ and 65+; and mix of Lifestyles in neighborhoods. Does the resort still offer the age, life stage and lifestyle profiles you prefer?

Which Satellite City, High Country Eagle Lifestyles Appeal to You?

Young, single and working-class, these residents pursue active lifestyles amid sprawling apartment complexes, bars, convenience stores and laundromats.

 

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Found in second-tier cities, these mobile, twentysomethings include a disproportionate number of recent college graduates who are into athletic activities, the latest technology and nightlife entertainment.

 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

But to zero in on the best place for you you’ll have to visit and schedule time to explore potential new homes in a region.

Oh, darn!

Lifestyles Segments: Urban to Rustic Density

Country Communities

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Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM  estimated that country communities represented 39.6% of United States population in 2011.

Town and Rural areas (T) have population density scores under 40.

This category includes exurbs, towns, farming communities, and a wide range of other rural areas.”

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

Let’s turn to five High Country Eagle household lifestyles at different stages of their life.

High Country Eagles, Satellite City-zens (HCESC) – Two 25-54, Mainstream Singles25-54 Mainstream Families55+, Conservative Classics Couples, 55+ Empty Nests Couples.

We use Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM lifestyle segmentation profiles to evaluate best places for relocation to more authentic, quality-of-life communities.

And, if your community already includes the following profiles, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on in your neighbors’ lives.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 9,023,807
  • Median Household Income : $46,335

The five segments in the C2 social group consist of a mix of Americans—old and young, homeowners and renters, families and singles—who’ve settled in the nation’s satellite cities. 

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What they share is a middle-class status, some college educations and a lifestyle heavy on leisure and recreation.

The members of City Centers tend to be big fans of home-centered activities: computer surfing, video renting, TV viewing and playing games and musical instruments. 

Outside their homes, they go to movies, museums and bowling alleys at high rates.

Google Maps: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Where in the West will you find those five lifestyles?

  • Napa, CA
  • South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • San Marcos, TX
  • Aurora, CO
  • Santa Fe, NM

 

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

24Y2C2, Up-and-Comers, 25-54, Mainstream Singles, City Centers, HCESC Satellite City-zens, High Country Eagles (Napa, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,510,327 (1.29%)
  • Median Household Income: $50,556

Satellite City-zens (HCESC):  “Up-and-Comers is a stopover for young, midscale singles before they marry, have families and establish more deskbound lifestyles

Found in second-tier cities, these mobile, twentysomethings include a disproportionate number of recent college graduates who are into athletic activities, the latest technology and nightlife entertainment.

Best of Whitefish, Montana

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Ethan Allen Galleries
  • Done Karate
  • Read Maxim
  • Watched MTV
  • Drove a Nissan Xterra”

35Y2C2, Boomtown Singles, 25-54, Mainstream Singles, City Centers, HCESC Satellite City-zens, High Country Eagles (San Marcos, TX)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,617,454 (1.38%)
  • Median Household Income: $39,838

Satellite City-zens (HCESC):  Affordable housing, abundant entry-level jobs and a thriving singles scene-all have given rise to the Boomtown Singles segment in fast-growing satellite cities.

Slowly Evolving Neighborhoods

Young, single and working-class, these residents pursue active lifestyles amid sprawling apartment complexes, bars, convenience stores and laundromats.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Victoria’s Secret
  • Done Karate
  • Read Elle
  • Watched VH1
  • Drove a Suzuki SX4″

34F3C2, White Picket Fences, 25-54, Families, Mainstream Families, City Centers, HCESC Satellite City-zens, High Country Eagles (Aurora, CO)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,536,574 (1.31%)
  • Median Household Income: $51,800

Satellite City-zens (HCESC):  Midpoint on the socioeconomic ladder, residents in White Picket Fences look a lot like the stereotypical American household of a generation ago: young, middle-class, married with children. 

But the current version is characterized by modest homes and ethnic diversity-including a disproportionate number of Hispanics and African-Americans.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from BMG Music
  • Rented/bought kid’s videos
  • Read People en Espanol
  • Watched Latin Grammy Awards
  • Drove a Saturn ION”

27M2C2, Middleburg Managers, 55+, Couples, Conservative Classics, City Centers, HCESC Satellite City-zens, High Country Eagles (South Lake Tahoe, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,276,009 (1.95%)
  • Median Household Income: $51,769

Satellite City-zens (HCESC): “Middleburg Managers arose when empty nesters settled in satellite communities which offered a lower cost of living and more relaxed pace.

Photo: Visual Pursuit

Today, segment residents tend to be middle-class and over 55 years old, with solid managerial jobs and comfortable retirements. 

 In their older homes, they enjoy reading, playing musical instruments, indoor gardening and refinishing furniture.” 

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Office Depot
  • Bought books on tape
  • Read VFW Magazine
  • Watched Inspiration Network
  • Drove Mercury Grand Marquis Flex Fuel”

41M3C2, Sunset City Blues, 55+ Cautious Couples, Empty Nests – City Centers, HCESC Satellite City-zens, High Country Eagles (Santa Fe, NM)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,083,443 (1.78%)
  • Median Household Income: $39,366

Satellite City-zens (HCESC): Scattered throughout the older neighborhoods of small cities, Sunset City Blues is a segment of lower-middle-class singles and couples who have retired or are getting closed to it.

These empty-nesters tend to own their homes but have modest educations and incomes.

Photo: Visual Hunt

They maintain a low-key lifestyle filled with newspapers and television by day, and family style restaurants at night.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from QVC
  • Collected coins
  • Read Ladies’ Home Journal
  • Watched One Life to Live
  • Drove a Kia Borrego”

Will you find a 100% fit?

No.

These lifestyle descriptions are intended to paint a picture of a new neighborhood you’d enjoy, because you share some of the same traits with current residents.

If you plan to relocate, start visiting communities on your short bucket list.

Don’t have a short list yet?

Steps:

8) Sit down with your spouse, partner or friends and write-up your bucket list of places.

20) Pivot. Maybe the lists of best places don’t appeal to you. Where can you go to make a fresh, new start? Don’t limit your imagination. Think anywhere — across the globe. Where do you really, really want to live, work and play?  Why not live where it’s a vacation all year round?

21)  Spend the time to find the best place to live and invest. It will be worth your while. The great thing about living where others spend their vacation is the year round quality-of-life.

26) If you know the zip code you can discover the lifestyles living in the community. You can compare your profile with theirs to estimate your degree of fit.

27) Estimate how well suited you are for the resorts. Refer to “Profiles-at-a-Glance” comparing 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 for changes in Life Stages – Singles, Couples, Families, Midlife, Empty Nests, Baby Boomers and Seniors; Ages – 20-29, 25-54, 30-44, 45+ 45-65, 55+ and 65+; and mix of Lifestyles in neighborhoods. Does the resort still offer the age, life stage and lifestyle profiles you prefer?

Which Downtown Urban, Permanently Temporary Lifestyles Appeal to You?

They include both the downtowns of major cities and surrounding neighborhoods.

 

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Urban Cores segments are characterized by relatively modest incomes, educations and rental apartments, but affordable housing is part of the allure for the group’s young singles and aging retirees.

 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

But to zero in on the best place for you you’ll have to visit and schedule time to explore potential new homes in a region.

Oh, darn!

Lifestyles Segments: Urban to Rustic Density

Urban 

Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM defines Urban areas (U) as having  population density scores between 85 and 99.

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They include both the downtowns of major cities and surrounding neighborhoods. 

These areas often extend beyond the city limits and into surrounding jurisdictions.

 

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

Let’s consider three lifestyle profiles at  opposite ends of the age spectrum:

Permanent Temporaries, Urban Trapped (PTUT) – Three household lifestyles: one 20-44 year old Sustaining Families and two 65+-year-old Sustaining Seniors.

We use Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM lifestyle segmentation profiles to evaluate best places for relocation to more authentic, quality-of-life communities.

And, if your community already includes the following profiles, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on in your neighbors’ lives.

Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM contrasts Urban Uptown with  Urban Downtown households with income at the bottom of the scale.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 5,854,297
  • Median Household Income : $27,116

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Urban Cores segments are characterized by relatively modest incomes, educations and rental apartments, but affordable housing is part of the allure for the group’s young singles and aging retirees. 

One of the least affluent social groups, U3 has a high concentration of Hispanics and African-Americans, and surveys indicate a fondness for both ethnic and mainstream media and products. 

Among the group’s preferences: TV news and daytime programming, Spanish and black radio, telephony services and pagers, cheap fast food and high-end department stores.”

Where in the West will you find those three lifestyles?

Google Maps

We’ve identified two in one community and one in a neighboring Southern California downtown area:

  • Seal Beach, CA
  • Long Beach, CA

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

65F4U3, Big City Blues, 20-44, Families, Sustaining Families, Urban Cores, Urban, PTUT Urban Trapped, Permanent Temporaries (Long Beach, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,301,418 (1.11%)
  • Median Household Income: $31,429

In 2011 Claritas described these Urban Trapped (PTUT ) household lifestyles:

“With a population that’s 50 percent Latino, Big City Blues has the highest concentration of Hispanic Americans in the nation. 

Densely Populated Urban Neighborhoods

But it’s also the multi-ethnic address for downscale Asian and African-American households occupying older inner-city apartments. 

Concentrated in a handful of major metros, these young singles and single-parent families face enormous challenges: low incomes, uncertain jobs and modest educations.

More than 40 percent haven’t finished high school.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at The Gap
  • Gone to movies
  • Read Ser Padres
  • Watched El Gordo Y La Flaca
  • Drove Toyota Yaris”

59M4U3, Urban Elders, 65+, Sustaining Seniors, Urban Cores, Urban, PTUT Urban Trapped, Permanent Temporaries (Long Beach, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,532,998 (1.31%)
  • Median Household Income: $24,864

Urban Trapped (PTUT): “For Urban Elders-a segment located in the downtown neighborhoods of such metros as New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami life is often an economic struggle. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

These communities have high concentrations of Hispanics and African-Americans, and tend to be downscale, with singles living in older apartment rentals.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Rite Aid
  • Traveled Domestically on JetBlue
  • Read Essence
  • Watched Primer Impacto
  • Drove a Ford Crown Victoria”

61M4U3, City Roots, 65+, Seniors, Sustaining Seniors, Urban Cores, Urban, PTUT Urban Trapped, Permanent Temporaries (Seal Beach, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,326,369 (1.13%)
  • Median Household Income: $28,006

Urban Trapped (PTUT): Found in urban neighborhoods, City Roots is a segment of lower-income retirees, typically living in older homes and duplexes they’ve owned for years. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

In these ethnically diverse neighborhoods-more than a third are African-American and Hispanic residents are often widows and widowers living on fixed incomes and maintaining low-key lifestyles.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from drugstore.com
  • Gambled in Reno, NV
  • Read Town & Country
  • Watched NAACP Image Awards
  • Drove a Chrysler 300″

Will you find a 100% fit?

No.

These lifestyle descriptions are intended to paint a picture of a new neighborhood you’d enjoy, because you share some of the same traits with current residents.

If you plan to relocate, start visiting communities on your short bucket list.

Don’t have a short list yet?

Steps:

8) Sit down with your spouse, partner or friends and write-up your bucket list of places.

20) Pivot. Maybe the lists of best places don’t appeal to you. Where can you go to make a fresh, new start? Don’t limit your imagination. Think anywhere — across the globe. Where do you really, really want to live, work and play?  Why not live where it’s a vacation all year round?

21)  Spend the time to find the best place to live and invest. It will be worth your while. The great thing about living where others spend their vacation is the year round quality-of-life.

26) If you know the zip code you can discover the lifestyles living in the community. You can compare your profile with theirs to estimate your degree of fit.

27) Estimate how well suited you are for the resorts. Refer to “Profiles-at-a-Glance” comparing 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 for changes in Life Stages – Singles, Couples, Families, Midlife, Empty Nests, Baby Boomers and Seniors; Ages – 20-29, 25-54, 30-44, 45+ 45-65, 55+ and 65+; and mix of Lifestyles in neighborhoods. Does the resort still offer the age, life stage and lifestyle profiles you prefer?

Which Suburban, Permanently Temporary Lifestyles Appeal to You?

Having recently left college dorms, they now live in apartment complexes surrounded by ball fields, health clubs, and casual-dining restaurants.

 

Photo: Visual Hunt
The steady rise of older, healthier Americans over the past decade has produced one important by-product: middle-class, home-owning suburbanites who are aging in place rather than moving to retirement communities.

 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

But to zero in on the best place for you you’ll have to visit and schedule time to explore potential new homes in a region.

Oh, darn!

Lifestyles Segments: Urban to Rustic Density

Suburbs

Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM ranks suburbs as having a medium density, although they may in fact be surrounded by high density urban areas.

“Population density rises as you approach the city, and decreases as you move away from it.”

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In 2011 roughly 23.4% of the population in the United States lived in the nation’s suburbs.

And Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM said:

“Suburbs have population density scores between 40 and 90, and are clearly dependent on urban areas or second cities.” 

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

Permanent Temporaries, Interim Middle Managers (PTIMM) – Choose from a mix of 25-54 year old Mainstream Singles25-54 year old Mainstream Families; 30-44 year old Midlife Singles;  55+ year old Cautious Couples, or 55+ year old Classic Couples.

We use Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM lifestyle segmentation profiles to evaluate best places for relocation to more authentic, quality-of-life communities.

And, if your community already includes the following profiles, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on in your neighbors’ lives.

These five segments that comprise Middleburbs share a middle-class, suburban perspective, but there the similarity ends. 

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 7,192,186
  • Median Household Income : $50,281

“Two groups are filled with very young residents, two are filled with seniors and one is middle-aged. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

In addition, S3 includes a mix of both, homeowners and renters as well as high school graduates and college alums. 

With good jobs and money in their jeans, the members of Middleburbs tend to have plenty of discretionary income to visit nightclubs and casual-dining restaurants, shop at midscale department stores, buy dance and easy listening CDs by the dozen and travel across the U.S. and Canada”

Southwest United States – Wikitravel

Where in the West will you find those three lifestyles?

We’ve identified one in Arizona, two in California and one in Colorado:

  • Tempe, AZ
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Laguna Hills, CA
  • Lakewood, CO

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

22Y2S3, Young Influentials, 25-54, Mainstream Singles, Suburbs, Middleburbs, PTIMM Interim Middle Managers, Permanent Temporaries (Tempe, AZ)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,712,614 (1.47%)
  • Median Household Income: $49,182

Interim Middle Managers (PTIMM): “Once known as the home of the nation’s yuppies, Young Influentials reflects the fading glow of acquisitive yuppiedom. 

Today, the segment is a common address for younger, middle-class singles and couples who are more preoccupied with balancing work and leisure pursuits. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

Having recently left college dorms, they now live in apartment complexes surrounded by ball fields, health clubs, and casual-dining restaurants.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from orbitz.com
  • Attended NBA games
  • Read Entrepreneur
  • Watched Family Guy
  • Drove a Subaru Outback”

36F3S3, Blue-Chip Blues, 25-54, Mainstream Families, Suburbs, Middleburbs, PTIMM Interim Middle Managers, Permanent Temporaries  (Santa Cruz, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,458,594 (1.25%)
  • Median Household Income: $50,667

Interim Middle Managers (PTIMM):  Blue-Chip Blues is known as a comfortable lifestyle for young, sprawling families with well-paying blue-collar jobs. 

Ethnically diverse-with a significant presence of Hispanics and African-Americans-the segment’s aging neighborhoods feature compact, modestly priced homes surrounded by commercial centers that cater to child-filled households

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Marshalls
  • Bought fashion dolls
  • Read Baby Talk
  • Watched Univision
  • Drove a Mitsubishi Lancer”

30Y1S3, Suburban Sprawl, 30-44, Singles Midlife, Suburbs, Middleburbs, PTIMM Interim Middle Managers (none in knowledge bank)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,529,350 (1.31%)
  • Median Household Income: $50,584

Interim Middle Managers (PTIMM):  “Suburban Sprawl is an unusual American lifestyle: a collection of midscale, middle-aged singles and couples living in the heart of suburbia. 

Typically members of the Baby Boom generation, they hold decent jobs, own older homes and condos, and pursue cocooning versions of the American Dream.

Among their favorite activities are jogging on treadmills, playing trivia games and renting videos.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at FedEx Kinkos
  • Sung karaoke
  • Read Cycle World
  • Watched Scrubs
  • Drove a Mazda 6″

21M2S3, Gray Power, 55+, Conservative Classics, Couples, Suburbs, Middleburbs, PTIMM, Interim Middle Managers, Permanent Temporaries (Laguna Hills, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,093,066 (0.94%)
  • Median Household Income: $52,784

Interim Middle Managers (PTIMM): The steady rise of older, healthier Americans over the past decade has produced one important by-product: middle-class, home-owning suburbanites who are aging in place rather than moving to retirement communities.

Photo: Visual Pursuit

Gray Power reflects this trend, a segment of older, midscale singles and couples who live in quiet comfort.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Ace Hardware
  • Belonged to a veterans club
  • Read Audubon
  • Watched Masterpiece Theatre
  • Drove a Buick Lucerne”

39M3S3, Domestic Duos, 55+, Couples, Cautious Couples, Suburbs, Middleburbs, PTIMM Interim Middle Managers, Permanent Temporaries (Lakewood, CO)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,398,562 (1.20%)
  • Median Household Income: $49,261

Interim Middle Managers (PTIMM): Domestic Duos represents a middle-class mix of mainly over 55 singles and married couples living in older suburban homes.

Photo: Visual Hunt

With their high-school educations and fixed incomes, segment residents maintain an easy-going lifestyle.

Residents like to socialize by going bowling, seeing a play, meeting at the local fraternal order or going out to eat

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Kohl’s
  • Cruised on Norwegian
  • Read Smithsonian
  • Watched Live from Lincoln Center
  • Drove a Chevrolet Impala”

Will you find a 100% fit?

No.

These lifestyle descriptions are intended to paint a picture of a new neighborhood you’d enjoy, because you share some of the same traits with current residents.

If you plan to relocate, start visiting communities on your short bucket list.

Don’t have a short list yet?

Steps:

8) Sit down with your spouse, partner or friends and write-up your bucket list of places.

20) Pivot. Maybe the lists of best places don’t appeal to you. Where can you go to make a fresh, new start? Don’t limit your imagination. Think anywhere — across the globe. Where do you really, really want to live, work and play?  Why not live where it’s a vacation all year round?

21)  Spend the time to find the best place to live and invest. It will be worth your while. The great thing about living where others spend their vacation is the year round quality-of-life.

26) If you know the zip code you can discover the lifestyles living in the community. You can compare your profile with theirs to estimate your degree of fit.

27) Estimate how well suited you are for the resorts. Refer to “Profiles-at-a-Glance” comparing 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 for changes in Life Stages – Singles, Couples, Families, Midlife, Empty Nests, Baby Boomers and Seniors; Ages – 20-29, 25-54, 30-44, 45+ 45-65, 55+ and 65+; and mix of Lifestyles in neighborhoods. Does the resort still offer the age, life stage and lifestyle profiles you prefer?

Which Urban or Second-Tier City Wealthy Influential Lifestyles Appeal To You?

The three segments in this group are dominated with married couples with children, college degrees, large homes, and executive jobs.

 

Photo: Visual Pursuit
Like roughly 18.7% of United States population living in urban centers, one of the Digitally Mobiles lifestyles lives in uptown  and three others in Midtown metropolitan areas.

 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

But to zero in on the best place for you you’ll have to visit and schedule time to explore potential new homes in a region.

Oh, darn!

Lifestyles Segments: Urban to Rustic Density

Like roughly 18.7% of United States population living in urban centers, one of the Digitally Mobiles lifestyles lives in an uptown and three others in second-tier metropolitan areas.

Urban Centers

Photo: Visual Hunt

Urban centers according to Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM   have population density scores between 85 and 99.

“They include both the downtowns of major cities and surrounding neighborhoods.

These areas often extend beyond the city limits and into surrounding jurisdictions.”

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

We use Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM lifestyle segmentation profiles to evaluate best places for relocation to more authentic, quality-of-life communities.

And, if your community already includes the following profiles, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on in your neighbors’ lives.

Wealthy Influential, Digitally Mobiles (WIDM) – 55+ year old Classics Couple.

The Urban Uptown segments are home to the nation’s wealthiest urban consumers.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 9,480,843
  • Median Household Income : $65,583

“Members of this social group tend to be affluent to middle class, college educated and ethnically diverse, with above average concentrations of Asian and Hispanic Americans.

Photo: Visual Hunt

Although this group is diverse in terms of housing styles and family sizes, residents share an upscale urban perspective that’s reflected in their marketplace choices.

Urban Uptown consumers tend to frequent the arts, shop at exclusive retailers, drive luxury imports, travel abroad and spend heavily on computer and wireless technology.”

Where in the West will you find this lifestyle?

Google Maps: Huntington Beach, CA

Let’s look at the residents in an urban center first in Southern California’s Huntington Beach. One of Orange County’s famous beach and resort towns, you’ll find it on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) just south of Seal and Sunset beaches.

 

Does this lifestyle best describe you?

26M2U1, The Cosmopolitans, 55+, Couples, Conservative Classics, Urban Uptown, WIDM Digitally Mobiles, Wealthy Influentials (Huntington Beach, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,321,917 (1.13%)
  • Median Household Income: $56,581

Digitally Mobiles (WIDM): “Educated, midscale and multi-ethnic, The Cosmopolitans are urbane couples in America’s fast-growing cities. 

Photo: Visual Pursuit

Concentrated in a handful of metros-such as Las Vegas, Miami and Albuquerque-these households feature older home-owners, empty-nesters and college graduates. 

A vibrant social scene surrounds their older homes and apartments, and residents love the nightlife and enjoy leisure-intensive lifestyles.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Costco
  • Bought classical music
  • Read Harper’s Bazaar
  • Watched BBC America
  • Drove a Lexus LX”

Second Tier Urban Centers

Let’s now compare the remaining three Digitally Mobile lifestyles living in less dense urban geographical areas.  Here’s how they stack up.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 5,237,962
  • Median Household Income : $78,091

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

We use Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM lifestyle segmentation profiles to evaluate best places for relocation to more authentic, quality-of-life communities.

And, if your community already includes the following profiles, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on in your neighbors’ lives.

Wealthy Influential, Digitally Mobiles (WIDM) – two 30-44 year old  midlife couples and one Empty Nest 45+ year old couple.

“Among second-tier cities, Second City Society stands at the top of the heap, a social group consisting of the wealthiest families who live outside the nation’s metropolitan core. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

The three segments in this group are dominated with married couples with children, college degrees, large homes, and executive jobs.

Ethnically, the residents are predominantly white with above-average rates of Asian Americans.

In the marketplace, they spend big on digital and wireless technology, business and cultural media, casual dining restaurants, upscale retailers, foreign travel and luxury cars.”

Where in the will you find this lifestyle? 

Google Maps: Santa Fe, NM

Two in the Western Region of the United States and one in the South Eastern Region

  • Ft. Myers, FL
  • Louisville, CO
  • Santa Fe, NM

 

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

12Y1C1, Brite Lites Lil City, 30-44, Couples, Midlife, Second City Society, WIDM Digitally Mobiles, Wealthy Influentials (Santa Fe, NM)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,832,821 (1.57%)
  • Median Household Income: $72,461

Digitally Mobiles (WIDM): “Not all of the America’s chic sophisticates live in major metros. 

Brite Lights, Li’l City is a group of well-off, middle-aged couples settled in the nation’s satellite cities. 

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Residents of these typical DINK (double income, no kids) households have college educations, well-paying business and professional careers and swank homes filled with the latest technology. 

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Crate & Barrel
  • Participated in fantasy sports
  • Read Skiing
  • Watched Lost
  • Drove a Volkswagen CC

13F2C1, Upward Bound, 30-44, Couples, Midlife Success, Second City Society, WIDM Digitally Mobiles, Wealthy Influentials (Louisville, CO)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,955,876 (1.67%)
  • Median Household Income: $83,651

Digitally Mobiles (WIDM): “More than any other segment, Upward Bound appears to be the home of those legendary Soccer Moms and Dads. 

In these small satellite cities, upper-class families boast dual incomes, college degrees and new split-levels and colonials. 

Residents of Upward Bound tend to be kid-obsessed, with heavy purchases of computers, action figures, dolls, board games, bicycles and camping equipment. 

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from target.com
  • Bought toys by Internet
  • Read PC Gamer
  • Watched The N
  • Drove a Toyota Sequoia

10M1C1, Second City Elite, 45+, Couples, Affluent Empty Nests, Second City Society, WIDM Digitally Mobiles, Wealthy Influentials(Ft. Myers, FL)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,449,265 (1.24%)
  • Median Household Income: $77,612

Digitally Mobiles (WIDM): “There’s money to be found in the nation’s smaller cities, and you’re most likely to find it in Second City Elite.

The residents of these satellite cities tend to be prosperous executives who decorate their ($200,000 not any longer) homes with multiple computers, large screen TV sets and an impressive collection of wines. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

With more than half holding college degrees, Second City Elite residents enjoy cultural activities-from reading books to attending theater to dance productions.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Talbots
  • Belonged to a civic club
  • Read Coastal Living
  • Watched Washington Week
  • Drove a Lincoln Town Car Flex Fuel”

Will you find a 100% fit?

No.

These lifestyle descriptions are intended to paint a picture of a new neighborhood you’d enjoy, because you share some of the same traits with current residents.

If you plan to relocate, start visiting communities on your short bucket list.

Don’t have a short list yet?

Steps:

8) Sit down with your spouse, partner or friends and write up your bucket list of places.

20) Pivot. Maybe the lists of best places don’t appeal to you. Where can you go to make a fresh, new start? Don’t limit your imagination. Think anywhere — across the globe. Where do you really, really want to live, work and play?  Why not live where it’s a vacation all year round?

21)  Spend the time to find the best place to live and invest. It will be worth your while. The great thing about living where others spend their vacation is the year round quality-of-life.

26) If you know the zip code you can discover the lifestyles living in the community. You can compare your profile with theirs to estimate your degree of fit.

27) Estimate how well suited you are for the resorts. Refer to “Profiles-at-a-Glance” comparing 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 for changes in Life Stages – Singles, Couples, Families, Midlife, Empty Nests, Baby Boomers and Seniors; Ages – 20-29, 25-54, 30-44, 45+ 45-65, 55+ and 65+; and mix of Lifestyles in neighborhoods. Does the resort still offer the age, life stage and lifestyle profiles you prefer?

Which Uptown and Midtown Wealthy Influential Lifestyles Appeal To You?

They include both the downtowns of major cities and surrounding neighborhoods.

Photo: Visual Hunt
It’s the most ethnically diverse social group, besides containing a mix of singles and couples, homeowners and renters, college alumnae and high school graduates.

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

But to zero in on the best place for you you’ll have to visit and schedule time to explore potential new homes in a region.

Oh, darn!

Lifestyles Segments: Urban to Rustic Density

Urban Centers

Like roughly 18.7% of United States population, according to Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM  living in urban centers, three Portfolio Locals live in Uptown and three in Midtown metropolitan areas .

Photo: Visual Hunt

Urban centers have population density scores between 85 and 99.

They include both the downtowns of major cities and surrounding neighborhoods.

These areas often extend beyond the city limits and into surrounding jurisdictions.

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

Let’s turn to the the first set of three Wealthy Influential lifestyle profiles.

Wealthy Influential, Portfolio Locals (WIPL) -Two 25–54 year old Mainstream Singles and one 35-54 year old  Family profile.

We use Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM lifestyle segmentation profiles to evaluate best places for relocation to more authentic, quality-of-life communities.

And, if your community already includes the following profiles, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on in your neighbors’ lives.

The  Urban Uptown communities are home to the nation’s wealthiest urban consumers.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 9,480,843
  • Median Household Income : $65,583

“Members of this social group tend to be affluent to middle class, college educated and ethnically diverse, with above average concentrations of Asian and Hispanic Americans.

Photo: Visual Hunt

Although this group is diverse in terms of housing styles and family sizes, residents share an upscale urban perspective that’s reflected in their marketplace choices.

Urban Uptown consumers tend to frequent the arts, shop at exclusive retailers, drive luxury imports, travel abroad and spend heavily on computer and wireless technology.”

Where in the West will you find those three lifestyles?

Google Maps – Naples, CA

We’ve identified two in Southern California and one in Arizona:

  • Chandler, AZ
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Naples, CA

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

04Y2U1, Young Digerati, 25 – 54, Mainstream Singles, Urban Uptown, WIPL Portfolio Locals, Wealthy Influentials (Chandler, AZ)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,397,823 (1.20%)
  • Median Household Income: $85,599

Portfolio Locals (WIPL): Young Digerati are the nation’s tech-savvy singles and couples living in fashionable neighborhoods on the urban fringe.

Affluent, highly educated and ethnically mixed, Young Digerati communities are typically filled with trendy apartments and condos, fitness clubs and clothing boutiques, casual restaurants and all types of bars-from juice to coffee to microbrew.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from expedia.com
  • Gone water skiing
  • Read The Economist
  • Watched Independent Film Channel
  • Drove an Audi A3

16Y2U1, Bohemian Mix, 25 – 54, Mainstream Singles, Urban Uptown, WIPL Portfolio Locals, Wealthy Influentials (Huntington Beach, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,052,684 (1.76%)
  • Median Household Income: $54,098

Portfolio Locals (WIPL):  “A collection of young, mobile urbanites, Bohemian Mix represents the nation’s most liberal lifestyles.

Its residents are a progressive mix of young singles and couples, students and professionals, Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans and whites.  

In their funky rowhouses and apartments, Bohemian Mixers are the early adopters who are quick to check out the latest movie, nightclub, laptop and microbrew.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Express
  • Rented/bought foreign videos
  • Read Details
  • Watched soccer on TV
  • Drove a Volkswagen Rabbit”

29F2U1, American Dreams, 35-54, Families, Young Accumulators, Urban Uptown, WIPL Portfolio Locals, Wealthy Influentials (Naples, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,451,331 (2.10%)
  • Median Household Income: $55,270

Portfolio Locals (WIPL): “American Dreams is a living example of how ethnically diverse the nation has become: more than half the residents are Hispanic, Asian or African-American.

Photo: Visual Hunt

In these multilingual neighborhoods-one in ten speaks a language other than English middle-aged immigrants and their children live in middle-class comfort.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Old Navy
  • Bought motivational tapes
  • Read Black Enterprise
  • Watched TeleFutura
  • Drove a Lexus IS”

Midtown Urban Centers

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

Let’s turn to the second set of three Wealthy Influential lifestyle profiles.

Wealthy Influential, Portfolio Locals (WIPL) – One 25-54 year old  Mainstream Singles, one 25-54 year old  Mainstream Families, and one older 55+ year old Cautious Couple profile.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 5,069,419
  • Median Household Income : $36,855

Diversity is the hallmark of Midtown Mix, a group of midscale urban segments.

Photo: Visual Hunt

 It’s the most ethnically diverse social group, besides containing a mix of singles and couples, homeowners and renters, college alumnae and high school graduates.

 In U2, the households are dominated by childless consumers who pursue active social lives—frequenting bars, health clubs and restaurants at high rates—listen to progressive music, drive small imports and acquire the latest consumer electronics.

Where in the West will you find those three lifestyles?

Google Maps: Lakewood, CO

We’ve identified one lifestyle each  in Arizona, California and Colorado:

  • Tempe, AZ
  • La Mirada, CA
  • Lakewood, CO

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

31Y2U2, Urban Achievers, 25-54, Singles, Mainstream Singles, Midtown Mix – WIPL Portfolio Locals, Wealthy Influentials (Tempe, AZ)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,794,520 (1.54%)
  • Median Household Income: $35,535

Portfolio Locals (WIPL): “Concentrated in the nation’s port cities, Urban Achievers is often the first stop for up-and-coming immigrants from Asia, South America and Europe. 

These young singles and couples are typically college educated and ethnically diverse: about a third are foreign-born, and even more speak a language other than English.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Banana Republic
  • Played soccer
  • Read Latina
  • Watched Tyra
  • Drove a Volkswagen GTI”

54F3U2, Multi-Culti Mosaic, 25-54, Families, Mainstream Families, Midtown Mix, WIPL Portfolio Locals, Wealthy Influentials(Lakewood, CO)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,947,324 (1.67%)
  • Median Household Income: $34,876

Portfolio Locals (WIPL):  An immigrant gateway community, Multi-Culti Mosaic is the urban home for a mixed populace of younger Hispanic, Asian and African-American singles and families. 

With nearly a quarter of the residents foreign-born, this segment is a mecca for first-generation Americans who are striving to improve their lower-middle-class status.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at CVS Pharmacy
  • Bought Spanish/Latin music
  • Read Seventeen
  • Watched Premio Juventud
  • Drove a Volkswagen GLI

 

40M3U2, Close-In Couples, 55+, Couples, Cautious Couples, Midtown Mix – WIPL Portfolio Locals, Wealthy Influentials (La Mirada, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,327,575 (1.14%)
  • Median Household Income: $40,860

Portfolio Locals (WIPL):  Close-In Couples is a group of predominantly older, African-American couples living in older homes in the urban neighborhoods of mid-sized metros.

Photo: Visual Hunt

High school educated and empty nesting, these 55-year-old-plus residents typically live in older city neighborhoods, enjoying secure and comfortable retirements.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Macy’s
  • Traveled domestically by railroad
  • Read The New Yorker
  • Watched The View
  • Drove a Chrysler PT Cruiser”

Will you find a 100% fit?

No.

These lifestyle descriptions are intended to paint a picture of a new neighborhood you’d enjoy, because you share some of the same traits with current residents.

If you plan to relocate, start visiting communities on your short bucket list.

Don’t have a short list yet?

Steps:

8) Sit down with your spouse, partner or friends and write-up your bucket list of places.

20) Pivot. Maybe the lists of best places don’t appeal to you. Where can you go to make a fresh, new start? Don’t limit your imagination. Think anywhere — across the globe. Where do you really, really want to live, work and play?  Why not live where it’s a vacation all year round?

21)  Spend the time to find the best place to live and invest. It will be worth your while. The great thing about living where others spend their vacation is the year round quality-of-life.

26) If you know the zip code you can discover the lifestyles living in the community. You can compare your profile with theirs to estimate your degree of fit.

27) Estimate how well suited you are for the resorts. Refer to “Profiles-at-a-Glance” comparing 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 for changes in Life Stages – Singles, Couples, Families, Midlife, Empty Nests, Baby Boomers and Seniors; Ages – 20-29, 25-54, 30-44, 45+ 45-65, 55+ and 65+; and mix of Lifestyles in neighborhoods. Does the resort still offer the age, life stage and lifestyle profiles you prefer?

Which Suburban and Exurban Wealthy Influential Lifestyles Appeal to You?

With their upscale incomes and small families, these folks have fashioned comfortable lifestyles, filling their homes with toys, TV sets and pets.

 

Photo: Visual Hunt
This segment is a haven for white-collar professionals drawn to comfortable homes and apartments within a manageable commute to downtown jobs, restaurants and entertainment.

 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

But to zero in on the best place for you you’ll have to visit and schedule time to explore potential new homes in a region.

Oh, darn!

Lifestyles Segments: Urban to Rustic Density

Suburban and Exurban Populations

Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM  ranks suburbs as having a medium density, although they may in fact be surrounded by high density urban areas.

Photo: Visual Hunt

“Population density rises as you approach the city, and decreases as you move away from it.”

In 2011 roughly 23.4% of the population in the United States lived in the nation’s suburbs.

And Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM said:

“Suburbs have population density scores between 40 and 90, and are clearly dependent on urban areas or second cities.” 

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

You’ll find them in slightly less affluent suburbs than the more elite suburbs.

Wealthy Influentials –  Seven Exurb Society segments: two 30-44 year old couples in midlife; two slightly older 35-54 year olds raising families; and two 55+ year old empty nest  couples.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 8,962,863
  • Median Household Income : $71,626

The six segments in The Affluentials are one socioeconomic rung down from the Elite Suburbs—with a 25 percent drop in median income—but their residents still enjoy comfortable, suburban lifestyles. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

The median income in S2 is nearly $60,000, the median home value is about $200,000, and the mostly couples in this social group tend to have college degrees and white-collar jobs. 

Asian Americans make up an important minority in these predominantly white segments. As consumers The Affluentials are big fans of health foods, computer equipment, consumer electronics and the full range of big-box retailers.

Where in the West will you find those seven lifestyles?

Photo: Wikitravel

We’ve identified four in California and one in the Pacific Northwest, Washington.

  • Indian Wells, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • Mission Viejo, CA
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Mukilteo, WA

How well does this lifestyle profile fit you?

08Y1S2, Executive Suites, 30-44,  Couples, Midlife Success, Affluentials, Exurb Society, WIES, Wealthy Influentials (Mission Viejo, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,068,292 (0.91%)
  • Median Household Income: $73,951

Exurb Society (WIES): “Executive Suites consists of upper middle class singles and couples typically living just beyond the nation’s beltways. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

Filled with significant numbers of Asian Americans and college graduates-both groups are represented at more than twice the national average.

This segment is a haven for white-collar professionals drawn to comfortable homes and apartments within a manageable commute to downtown jobs, restaurants and entertainment.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at IKEA
  • Played racquetball
  • Read Wired
  • Watched The Office
  • Drove an Acura TSX”

19Y1S2, Home Sweet Home, 30-44, Couples, Midlife Success, Suburbs, Affluentials, WIES Exurb Society, Wealthy Influentials, (Irvine, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,127,048 (1.82%)
  • Median Household Income: $68,185

Exurb Society (WIES): Widely scattered across the nation’s suburbs, the residents of Home Sweet Home tend to be upper-middle-class married couples living in mid-sized homes with few children. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

The adults in the segment, mostly between the ages of 25 and 54, have gone to college and hold professional and white-collar jobs.

With their upscale incomes and small families, these folks have fashioned comfortable lifestyles, filling their homes with toys, TV sets and pets.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from BarnesandNoble.com
  • Bought collectors Items online
  • Read Macworld
  • Watched Discovery Health Channel
  • Drove a Volkswagen Passat”

17F2S2, Beltway Boomers, 35-54, Families, Young Accumulators, Suburbs, Affluentials,  WIES Exurb Society, Wealthy Influentials (Santa Cruz, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,121,007 (0.96%)
  • Median Household Income: $75,635
Photo: Flipboard

Exurb Society (WIES):  “The members of the postwar Baby Boom are all grown up.

Today, these Americans are in their forties and fifties, and one segment of this huge cohort-college educated, upper-middle-class and homeowning- is found in Beltway Boomers. 

 Like many of their peers who married late, these Boomers are still raising children in comfortable suburban subdivisions, and they’re pursuing kid-centered lifestyles. 

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Bought electronic games
  • Read Scouting Magazine
  • Watched Gravity Games
  • Drove a Saturn Aura”

18F2S2, Kids & Cul-de-Sacs, 35-54, Families, Young Accumulators, Suburbs, Affluentials,  WIES Exurb Society, Wealthy Influentials, (Mukilteo, WA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,872,955 (1.60%)
  • Median Household Income: $71,926

Exurb Society (WIES): “Upscale, suburban, married couples with children-that’s the skinny on Kids & Cul-de-Sacs, an enviable lifestyle of large families in recently built subdivisions. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

With a high rate of Hispanic and Asian Americans, this segment is a refuge for college-educated, white-collar professionals with administrative jobs and upper-middleclass incomes. 

Their nexus of education, affluence and children translates into large outlays for child-centered products and services.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Disney Store
  • Bought educational toys
  • Read Parenting
  • Watched The Disney Channel
  • Drove a Volkswagen Routan”

14M2S2, New Empty Nests, 55+, Couples, Conservative Classics, Affluentials, Exurb Society, WIES, Wealthy Influentials (Indian Wells, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,242,671 (1.06%)
  • Median Household Income: $71,468

Exurb Society (WIES): “With their grown-up children recently out of the house, New Empty Nests is composed of upscale older Americans who pursue active-and activist-lifestyles.

Photo: Visual Hunt

Nearly three-quarters of residents are over 65 years old, but they show no interest in a rest home retirement. 

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Bloomingdale’s
  • Attended opera performances
  • Read Tennis
  • Watched The News Hour With Jim Lehrer
  • Drove a Buick LaCrosse”

15M2S2, Patios & Pools, 55+, Couples, Empty Nests, Conservative Classics, Affluentials, Exurb Society, WIES, Wealthy Influentials (Mukilteo, WA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,530,890 (1.31%)
  • Median Household Income: $71,900

Exurb Society (WIES): “Formed during the postwar Baby Boom, Pools & Patios has evolved from a segment of young suburban families to one for mature, empty-nesting couples. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

In these stable neighborhoods graced with backyard pools and patios-the highest proportion of homes were built in the 1960s-residents work as white-collar managers and professionals, and are now at the top of their career

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Eddie Bauer
  • Owned a timeshare
  • Read Consumer Reports
  • Watched 24
  • Drove a Subaru Forester”

Will you find a 100% fit?

No.

These lifestyle descriptions are intended to paint a picture of a new neighborhood you’d enjoy, because you share some of the same traits with current residents.

If you plan to relocate, start visiting communities on your short bucket list.

Don’t have a short list yet?

Steps:

8) Sit down with your spouse, partner or friends and write-up your bucket list of places.

20) Pivot. Maybe the lists of best places don’t appeal to you. Where can you go to make a fresh, new start? Don’t limit your imagination. Think anywhere — across the globe. Where do you really, really want to live, work and play?  Why not live where it’s a vacation all year round?

21)  Spend the time to find the best place to live and invest. It will be worth your while. The great thing about living where others spend their vacation is the year round quality-of-life.

26) If you know the zip code you can discover the lifestyles living in the community. You can compare your profile with theirs to estimate your degree of fit.

27) Estimate how well suited you are for the resorts. Refer to “Profiles-at-a-Glance” comparing 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 for changes in Life Stages – Singles, Couples, Families, Midlife, Empty Nests, Baby Boomers and Seniors; Ages – 20-29, 25-54, 30-44, 45+ 45-65, 55+ and 65+; and mix of Lifestyles in neighborhoods. Does the resort still offer the age, life stage and lifestyle profiles you prefer?

Which Urban and Suburban Wealthy Influential Lifestyles Appeal to You?

Let’s review the upscale metropolitan Wealthy Influential lifestyle and then turn to four more found in the surrounding suburban area.

 

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Blue Blood Estates is a family portrait of suburban wealth, a place of million-dollar homes and manicured lawns, high-end cars and exclusive private clubs.

 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

But to zero in on the best place for you you’ll have to visit and schedule time to explore potential new homes in a region.

Oh, darn!

Lifestyles Segments: Urban to Rustic Density

Urban  and Suburban Populations

Urban 

Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM defines Urban areas (U) as having  population density scores between 85 and 99.

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They include both the downtowns of major cities and surrounding neighborhoods. 

These areas often extend beyond the city limits and into surrounding jurisdictions.

 

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) residential lifestyles on your Bucket List?

Let’s review the upscale metropolitan Wealthy Influential lifestyle and then turn to four more found in the surrounding suburban area.

Wealthy Influential, Affluently Elite (WIAE) – 45+ year old  Empty-Nest Couples

We use Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM lifestyle segmentation profiles to evaluate best places for relocation to more authentic, quality-of-life communities.

And, if your community already includes the following profiles, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on in your neighbors’ lives.

Urban Uptown segments  are home to the nation’s wealthiest urban consumers.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 9,480,843
  • Median Household Income : $65,583

“Members of this social group tend to be affluent to middle class, college educated and ethnically diverse, with above average concentrations of Asian and Hispanic Americans.

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Although this group is diverse in terms of housing styles and family sizes, residents share an upscale urban perspective that’s reflected in their marketplace choices.

Urban Uptown consumers tend to frequent the arts, shop at exclusive retailers, drive luxury imports, travel abroad and spend heavily on computer and wireless technology.”

Where will you find this lifestyle?

Google Maps

In California on the outskirts of Long Beach near Los Angeles County, but in Orange County:

Seal Beach, CA

How well does this lifestyle profile fit you?

07M1U1, Money & Brains, 45+, Couples, Affluent Empty Nests, Urban Uptown, WIAE Affluently Elite, Wealthy Influentials (Seal Beach, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,257,088 (1.93%)
  • Median Household Income: $88,813

Affluently Elite (WIAE): The residents of Money & Brains seem to have it all: high incomes, advanced degrees, and sophisticated tastes to match their credentials. 

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Many of these city dwellers are married couples with few children who live in fashionable homes on small, manicured lots.

Lifestyle & Media Traits

  • Shop at Nordstrom
  • Contribute to NPR
  • Read Sunday newspaper
  • Watch Ebert & Roeper
  • Drive a Jaguar XJL”

Let’s now consider suburban populations.

Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM ranks suburbs as having a medium density, although they may in fact be surrounded by high density urban areas.

“Population density rises as you approach the city, and decreases as you move away from it.”

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In 2011 roughly 23.4% of the population in the United States lived in the nation’s suburbs.

And Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM said:

“Suburbs have population density scores between 40 and 90, and are clearly dependent on urban areas or second cities.” 

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

Wealthy Influential, Affluently Elite  (WIAE) – 30-44 year old  Midlife Couples, 45+ year old  Empty-Nest Couples and two 45+ year old Families

We use Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM lifestyle segmentation profiles to evaluate best places for relocation to more authentic, quality-of-life communities.

And, if your community already includes the following profiles, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on in your neighbors’ lives.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 6,061,268
  • Median Household Income : $109,636

The most affluent suburban social group, Elite Suburbs is a world of six-figure incomes, post-graduate degrees, single-family homes and managerial and professional occupations

The segments here are predominantly white with significant concentrations of well-off Asian Americans. 

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Befitting their lofty salaries, they are big consumers of large homes, expensive clothes, luxury cars and foreign travel. 

Despite representing a small portion of the U.S. population, they hold a large share of the nation’s personal net worth.

Where will you find those four lifestyles?

Google Maps

You’ll find communities in Arizona, California, Oregon and Utah.

Scottsdale, AZ

Half Moon Bay, CA

West Linn, OR

Alta, UT

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

03Y1S1, Movers & Shakers,  30-44, Couples, Midlife Success, Elite Suburbs, Affluently Elite – WIAE, Wealthy Influentials (Scottsdale, AZ)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,878,356 (1.61%)
  • Median Household Income: $103,357

Affluently Elite  (WIAE): Movers & Shakers is home to America’s up-and-coming business class: a wealthy suburban world of dual-income couples who are highly educated, typically between the ages of 35 and 54 and often with children. 

Given its high percentage of executives and white-collar professionals, there’s a decided business bent to this segment: 

Movers & Shakers rank number one for owning a small business and having a home office. 

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from J.Crew
  • Attended NHL games
  • Read Inc.
  • Watched Saturday Night Live
  • Drove a Land Rover Range Rover”

01M1S1, Upper Crust, 45+, Couple, Affluent Empty-Nests, Elite Suburbs, Affluently Elite – WIAE, Wealthy Influentials (Half Moon Bay, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,770,473 (1.52%)
  • Median Household Income: $114,402

Affluently Elite (WIAE):  “The nation’s most exclusive address, Upper Crust is the wealthiest lifestyle in America a haven for empty-nesting couples over 55 years old. 

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 No segment has a higher concentration of residents earning over $100,000 (now $200,000) a year or possessing a postgraduate degree. And none has a more opulent standard of living.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Saks Fifth Ave.
  • Belonged to a country club
  • Read Conde Nast Traveler
  • Watched Golf Channel
  • Drove a Mercedes SL Class”

02F1S1, Blue Blood Estates, 45+ Families, Elite Suburbs, Affluently Elite – WIAE, Wealthy Influentials (West Linn, OR)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,129,199 (0.97%)
  • Median Household Income: $119,314

Affluently Elite  (WIAE):  “Blue Blood Estates is a family portrait of suburban wealth, a place of million-dollar homes and manicured lawns, high-end cars and exclusive private clubs. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

The nation’s second-wealthiest lifestyle, it is characterized by married couples with children, college degrees, a significant percentage of Asian Americans and six figure incomes earned by business executives, managers and professionals.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shop at Thomasville
  • Play tennis
  • Read Architectural Digest
  • Watch video-on-demand
  • Drives an Audi A8″

06F1S1, Winner’s Circle, 45+, Families, Accumulated Wealth, Elite Suburbs, WIAE Affluently Elite , Wealthy Influentials (Alta, UT)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,283,240 (1.10%)
  • Median Household Income: $105,785

Affluently Elite (WIAE):  Among the wealthy suburban lifestyles, Winner’s Circle is the youngest, a collection of mostly 25- to 34-year-old couples with large families in new-money subdivisions.

Surrounding their homes are the signs of upscale living: recreational parks, golf courses and upscale malls. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

With a median income of nearly $90,000, Winner’s Circle residents are big spenders who like to travel, ski, go out to eat, shop at clothing boutiques and take in a show.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shop at Neiman Marcus
  • Go jogging
  • Read Wall Street Journal
  • Watch Wimbledon Tennis
  • Mercedes GL Class”

Will you find a 100% fit?

No.

These lifestyle descriptions are intended to paint a picture of a new neighborhood you’d enjoy, because you share some of the same traits with current residents.

If you plan to relocate, start visiting communities on your short bucket list.

Don’t have a short list yet?

Steps:

8) Sit down with your spouse, partner or friends and write up your bucket list of places.

20) Pivot. Maybe the lists of best places don’t appeal to you. Where can you go to make a fresh, new start? Don’t limit your imagination. Think anywhere — across the globe. Where do you really, really want to live, work and play?  Why not live where it’s a vacation all year round?

21)  Spend the time to find the best place to live and invest. It will be worth your while. The great thing about living where others spend their vacation is the year round quality-of-life.

26) If you know the zip code you can discover the lifestyles living in the community. You can compare your profile with theirs to estimate your degree of fit.

27) Estimate how well suited you are for the resorts. Refer to “Profiles-at-a-Glance” comparing 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 for changes in Life Stages – Singles, Couples, Families, Midlife, Empty Nests, Baby Boomers and Seniors; Ages – 20-29, 25-54, 30-44, 45+ 45-65, 55+ and 65+; and mix of Lifestyles in neighborhoods. Does the resort still offer the age, life stage and lifestyle profiles you prefer?

Which of These 7 Mature 55+ Year Old Lifestyles Describes You?

The second over 55 age group splinters into 7 lifestyle segments stretching across the midlevel of status and influence.

 

Photo: Visual Hunt
They have high rates for reading, travel, eating out at family restaurants and pursuing home-based hobbies like coin collecting and gardening.

 

Part One:  Which Classic 55+ Year Old Lifestyle Describes You Best?

Lifestyles Segments by Ages

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

But to zero in on the best place for you you’ll have to visit and schedule time to explore potential new homes in a region.

Oh, darn!

50-Somethings

Gail Sheehy called this time of life the “Fearless or Flaming 50s”.

And, we’re about halfway through Erik Erikson’s Adulthood.

Existential Question:  Can I make my life count?

 

55+ Year Old Singles, Couples and Widows

By the time you’re in your mid-fifties your generation’s cohort splinters into 13 lifestyle segments stretching across the midlevel of status and influence.

Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM groups the more affluent seven segments into what they call Conservative Classics.

Another large group of Mature Years segments is Cautious Couples, featuring an over-55-year-old mix of singles, couples and widows.

We know the number of households and income levels for comparison purposes based upon Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM 2011 Statistics:

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 12,266,568
  • Median Household Income : $41,303
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Widely scattered throughout the nation, the residents in these seven segments typically are working-class and white, with some college education and a high rate of homeownership. 

Given their blue-collar roots, Cautious Couples today pursue sedate lifestyles. 

They have high rates for reading, travel, eating out at family restaurants and pursuing home-based hobbies like coin collecting and gardening.”

Where are you likely to these more cautious seven  lifestyles?

Southwest United States – Wikitravel

Here’s a sample of lifestyles and communities where you can find neighbors in the 55+ age group in the West.

  • Arizona: Prescott and Surprise
  • California: La Mirada and Idyllwild
  • Colorado: Lakewood
  • New Mexico: Santa Fe

The second over 55 age group splinters into 7 lifestyle segments stretching across the midlevel of status and influence.

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

  • Wealthy Influentials – Portfolio Locals (WIPL)
  • Wireless Resorters –  Two Resort Suburbans (WRRS)
  • High Country Eagles – Satellite City-zens (HCESC)
  • Permanent Temporaries – Interim Middle Managers (PTIMM) and Two Start Overs (PTSO)

Which of the following lifestyle profiles describes you best?

38M3T3, Simple Pleasures, 55+, Couples, Cautious Couples, Middle America, WRRS Resort Suburbans, Wireless Resorters (Idyllwild, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,754,587 (2.36%)
  • Median Household Income: $43,257

Resort Suburbans (WRRS): With more than two-thirds of its residents over 65 years old, Simple Pleasures is mostly a retirement lifestyle: a neighborhood of lower-middle-class singles and couples living in modestly priced homes.

Photo: Visual Hunt

Many are high school-educated seniors who held blue-collar jobs before their retirement.

And a disproportionate number served in the military; no segment has more members of veterans clubs.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at True Value
  • Belonged to a fraternal order
  • Read fraternal magazines
  • Watched Wheel of Fortune
  • Drove Ford Taurus”

39M3S3, Domestic Duos, 55+, Couples, Cautious Couples, Suburbs, Middleburbs, PTIMM Interim Middle Managers, Permanent Temporaries (Lakewood, CO)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,398,562 (1.20%)
  • Median Household Income: $49,261

Interim Middle Managers (PTIMM): Domestic Duos represents a middle-class mix of mainly over 55 singles and married couples living in older suburban homes.

Photo: Visual Hunt

With their high-school educations and fixed incomes, segment residents maintain an easy-going lifestyle.

Residents like to socialize by going bowling, seeing a play, meeting at the local fraternal order or going out to eat

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Kohl’s
  • Cruised on Norwegian
  • Read Smithsonian
  • Watched Live from Lincoln Center
  • Drove a Chevrolet Impala”

40M3U2, Close-In Couples, 55+, Couples, Cautious Couples, Midtown Mix – WIPL Portfolio Locals, Wealthy Influentials (La Mirada, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,327,575 (1.14%)
  • Median Household Income: $40,860

Portfolio Locals (WIPL):  Close-In Couples is a group of predominantly older, African-American couples living in older homes in the urban neighborhoods of mid-sized metros.

Photo: Visual Hunt

High school educated and empty nesting, these 55-year-old-plus residents typically live in older city neighborhoods, enjoying secure and comfortable retirements.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Macy’s
  • Traveled domestically by railroad
  • Read The New Yorker
  • Watched The View
  • Drove a Chrysler PT Cruiser”

41M3C2, Sunset City Blues, 55+ Couples, Cautious Couples, Empty Nests – City Centers, HCESC Satellite City-zens, High Country Eagles (Santa Fe, NM)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,083,443 (1.78%)
  • Median Household Income: $39,366

Satellite City-zens (HCESC): Scattered throughout the older neighborhoods of small cities, Sunset City Blues is a segment of lower-middle-class singles and couples who have retired or are getting closed to it.

These empty-nesters tend to own their homes but have modest educations and incomes.

Photo: Visual Hunt

They maintain a low-key lifestyle filled with newspapers and television by day, and family-style restaurants at night.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from QVC
  • Collected coins
  • Read Ladies’ Home Journal
  • Watched One Life to Live
  • Drove a Kia Borrego”

43M3T3, Heartlanders, 55+, Couples, Cautious Couples, Middle America – WRRS Resort Suburbans , Wireless Resorters (Prescott. AZ)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,334,924 (2.00%)
  • Median Household Income: $43,485

Resort Suburbans (WRRS): America was once a land of small middleclass towns, which can still be found today among Heartlanders.

Photo: Visual Hunt

This widespread segment consists of middle-aged couples with working-class jobs living in sturdy, unpretentious homes.

In these communities of small families and empty-nesting couples, Heartlanders pursue a rustic lifestyle where hunting and fishing remain prime leisure activities along with cooking, sewing, camping and boating.

Lifestyle & Media Traits

  • Shopped at Kmart
  • Sewed clothing from patterns
  • Read Family Handyman
  • Watched CBS Early Show
  • Drove a GMC Sierra Flex Fuel”

46M3S4, Old Glories, 55+, Cautious Couples, Suburbs, Inner Suburbs, PTSO Start Overs, Permanent Temporaries (none in Knowledge Bank)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,155,944 (0.99%)
  • Median Household Income: $31,162

Start Overs (PTSO): Old Glories are the nation’s downscale suburban retirees, Americans aging in place in older apartment complexes.

These racially mixed households often contain widows and widowers living on fixed incomes, and they tend to lead home-centered lifestyles.

Photo: Visual Hunt

They’re among the nation’s most ardent television fans, watching game shows, soaps, talk shows and newsmagazines at high rates.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Purchased Clothing In-Home
  • Played bingo
  • Read Saturday Evening Post
  • Watched Jeopardy!
  • Drove a Kia Rio”

49M3S4, American Classics, 55+, Cautious Couples, Suburbs, Inner Suburbs, PTSO Start Overs, Permanent Temporaries (Surprise, AZ)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,211,533 (1.04%)
  • Median Household Income: $34,680

Start Overs (PTSO): “They may be older, lower-middle class and retired, but the residents of American Classics are still living the American Dream of home ownership.

Photo: Visual Hunt

Few segments rank higher in their percentage of home owners, and that fact alone reflects a more comfortable lifestyle for these predominantly white singles and couples with deep ties.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from Reader’s Digest
  • Gambled in Atlantic City, NJ
  • Read American Woodworker
  • Watched The Dr. Phil Show
  • Drove a Chevrolet Monte Carlo”

Will you find a 100% fit?

No.

These lifestyle descriptions are intended to paint a picture of a new neighborhood you’d enjoy, because you share some of the same traits with current residents.

If you plan to relocate, start visiting communities on your short bucket list.

Don’t have a short list yet?

Steps:

26) If you know the zip code you can discover the lifestyles living in the community. You can compare your profile with theirs to estimate your degree of fit.

27) Estimate how well suited you are for the resorts. Refer to “Profiles-at-a-Glance” comparing 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 for changes in Life Stages – Singles, Couples, Families, Midlife, Empty Nests, Baby Boomers and Seniors; Ages – 20-29, 25-54, 30-44, 45+ 45-65, 55+ and 65+; and mix of Lifestyles in neighborhoods. Does the resort still offer the age, life stage and lifestyle profiles you prefer?

Which Classic 55+ Year Old Lifestyle Describes You Best?

These childless singles and couples live in older suburban homes with two cars in the driveway and a wooden deck out back.

 

Photo: Visual Pursuit
With their grown-up children recently out of the house, New Empty Nests is composed of upscale older Americans who pursue active-and activist-lifestyles.

Lifestyles Segments by Ages

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

But to zero in on the best place for you you’ll have to visit and schedule time to explore potential new homes in a region.

Oh, darn!

50-Somethings

Gail Sheehy called this time of life the “Fearless or Flaming 50s”.

And, we’re about halfway through Erik Erikson’s Adulthood.

Existential Question:  Can I make my life count?

 

55+ Empty Nest Couples and Families

Where are you likely to find these seven more affluent single and couple lifestyles?

Here’s a sample of lifestyles and communities  in the 55+ age group living primarily in California and in Washington  (Pacific Northwest) regions.

Photo: Wikitravel
  • Indian Wells, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Laguna Hills, CA
  • South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • St. Helena, CA
  • Ukiah, CA
  • Mukilteo, WA

We use Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM lifestyle segmentation profiles to evaluate best places for relocation to more authentic, quality-of-life communities.

And, if your community already includes the following profiles, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on in your neighbors’ lives.

By the time you’re in your mid-fifties your generation’s cohort splinters into 13 lifestyle segments stretching across the midlevel of status and influence.

Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM groups the more affluent seven segments into what they call Conservative Classics.

We’ll profile the second six segments in part two.

We know the number of households and income levels for comparison purposes based upon Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM 2011 Statistics:

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 10,765,041
  • Median Household Income : $58,658

“College educated, over 55 years old and upper-middle-class, the  segments in Conservative Classics offer a portrait of quiet comfort.

Photo: Visual Hunt

These childless singles and couples live in older suburban homes with two cars in the driveway and a wooden deck out back.

For leisure at home, they enjoy gardening, reading books, watching public television and entertaining neighbors over barbecues. 

When they go out, it’s often to a local museum, the theater or a casual-dining restaurant like the Olive Garden or Lone Star Steakhouse.”

Should you include these Birds-of-a Feather (BOF) lifestyles on your Bucket List?

  • Wealthy Influentials – Digitally Mobiles (WIDM) and Two Exurb Society (WIES)
  • Wireless Resorters –  Two Maturing Resorts (WRMR)
  • High Country Eagles – Satellite City-zens (HCESC)
  • Permanent Temporaries – Interim Middle Managers (PTIMM)

Which of the following 55 + Lifestyles  describes you best?

14M2S2, New Empty Nests, 55+, Couples, Conservative Classics, Affluentials, Exurb Society, WIES, Wealthy Influentials (Indian Wells, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,242,671 (1.06%)
  • Median Household Income: $71,468

Exurb Society (WIES): “With their grown-up children recently out of the house, New Empty Nests is composed of upscale older Americans who pursue active-and activist-lifestyles.

Photo: Visual Pursuit

Nearly three-quarters of residents are over 65 years old, but they show no interest in a rest home retirement. 

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Bloomingdale’s
  • Attended opera performances
  • Read Tennis
  • Watched The News Hour With Jim Lehrer
  • Drove a Buick LaCrosse”

15M2S2, Patios & Pools, 55+, Couples, Empty Nests, Conservative Classics, Affluentials, Exurb Society, WIES, Wealthy Influentials (Mukilteo, WA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,530,890 (1.31%)
  • Median Household Income: $71,900

Exurb Society (WIES): “Formed during the postwar Baby Boom, Pools & Patios has evolved from a segment of young suburban families to one for mature, empty-nesting couples. 

Photo: Visual Pursuit

In these stable neighborhoods graced with backyard pools and patios-the highest proportion of homes were built in the 1960s-residents work as white-collar managers and professionals, and are now at the top of their career

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Eddie Bauer
  • Owned a timeshare
  • Read Consumer Reports
  • Watched 24
  • Drove a Subaru Forester”

21M2S3, Gray Power, 55+, Conservative Classics, Couples, Suburbs, Middleburbs, PTIMM, Interim Middle Managers, Permanent Temporaries (Laguna Hills, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,093,066 (0.94%)
  • Median Household Income: $52,784

Interim Middle Managers (PTIMM): “The steady rise of older, healthier Americans over the past decade has produced one important by-product: middle-class, home-owning suburbanites who are aging in place rather than moving to retirement communities.

Photo: Visual Pursuit

Gray Power reflects this trend, a segment of older, midscale singles and couples who live in quiet comfort.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Ace Hardware
  • Belonged to a veterans club
  • Read Audubon
  • Watched Masterpiece Theatre
  • Drove a Buick Lucerne”

26M2U1, The Cosmopolitans, 55+, Couples, Conservative Classics, Urban Uptown, WIDM Digitally Mobiles, Wealthy Influentials (Huntington Beach, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,321,917 (1.13%)
  • Median Household Income: $56,581

Digitally Mobiles (WIDM): “Educated, midscale and multi-ethnic, The Cosmopolitans are urbane couples in America’s fast-growing cities. 

Photo: Visual Pursuit

Concentrated in a handful of metros-such as Las Vegas, Miami and Albuquerque-these households feature older home-owners, empty-nesters and college graduates. 

A vibrant social scene surrounds their older homes and apartments, and residents love the nightlife and enjoy leisure-intensive lifestyles.

Lifestyle & Media Traits

  • Shopped at Costco
  • Bought classical music
  • Read Harper’s Bazaar
  • Watched BBC America
  • Drove a Lexus LX”

27M2C2, Middleburg Managers, Couples, 55+, Couples, Conservative Classics, City Centers, HCESC Satellite City-zens, High Country Eagles (South Lake Tahoe, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,276,009 (1.95%)
  • Median Household Income: $51,769

Satellite City-zens (HCESC): “Middleburg Managers arose when empty nesters settled in satellite communities which offered a lower cost of living and more relaxed pace.

Photo: Visual Pursuit

Today, segment residents tend to be middle-class and over 55 years old, with solid managerial jobs and comfortable retirements. 

 In their older homes, they enjoy reading, playing musical instruments, indoor gardening and refinishing furniture.” 

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Office Depot
  • Bought books on tape
  • Read VFW Magazine
  • Watched Inspiration Network
  • Drove Mercury Grand Marquis Flex Fuel”

28M2T2, Traditional Times, Empty Nests, 55+, Couples, Conservative Classics, Country Comfort, WRMR Maturing Resorts, Wireless Resorters (St. Helena, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 3,300,488 (2.82%)
  • Median Household Income: $55,175

Maturing Resorts (WRMR): Traditional Times is the kind of lifestyle where small-town couples nearing retirement are beginning to enjoy their first empty-nest years. 

Typically in their fifties and sixties, these middle-class Americans pursue a kind of granola-and-grits lifestyle.

On their coffee tables are magazines with titles ranging from Country Living and Country Home to Gourmet and Forbes. 

Photo: Visual Pursuit

But they’re big travelers, especially in recreational vehicles and campers.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from Gevalia Kaffe
  • Traveled domestically by motor home
  • Read AARP The Magazine
  • Watched Antiques Roadshow
  • Drove a Chevrolet Impala Flex Fuel”

Will you find a 100% fit?

No.

These lifestyle descriptions are intended to paint a picture of a new neighborhood you’d enjoy, because you share some of the same traits with current residents.

If you plan to relocate, start visiting communities on your short bucket list.

Don’t have a short list yet?

Part Two:  Which of These 7 Mature 55+ Year Old Lifestyles Describes You?

Steps:

26) If you know the zip code you can discover the lifestyles living in the community. You can compare your profile with theirs to estimate your degree of fit.

27) Estimate how well suited you are for the resorts. Refer to “Profiles-at-a-Glance” comparing 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 for changes in Life Stages – Singles, Couples, Families, Midlife, Empty Nests, Baby Boomers and Seniors; Ages – 20-29, 25-54, 30-44, 45+ 45-65, 55+ and 65+; and mix of Lifestyles in neighborhoods. Does the resort still offer the age, life stage and lifestyle profiles you prefer?