High Country Cowboys and Eagles in Whitefish

And finally, for understanding the way you and the  neighbors can find the best fit for you in a new community, let’s turn to the other Rustic Eagle lifestyles.

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In the PRIZM list of lifestyles, then, Blue Highways describes lower middle-class couples and families who live in isolated towns and farmsteads.

Part One: Flocking

An excerpt from Book Three in “The Knowledge Path Series” dedicated to helping you find the place of your dreams.

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

Two of the four possible.

Rural Cowboys (HCERC), 45Y3T3.

Photo: Google Maps

The first of the two  High Country Eagles, Rural Cowboys — HCERC share the Middle America social group characteristics and the

The 2011 PRIZM statistics place them in the

“lower-mid income level (45th out of 66) with median household incomes at $43,023. Out of all US households, they account for under 2% (1.55%) for a total 1,809,961.”

Out of six segments of the Middle America social group 45Y3T3 is the younger of Whitefish’s two — and

“one of seven striving single lifestyles which as a group live in 12,665,698 households with a median household income of $33,160.”

Fifty years ago the most complex thing about maps was trying to fold them up the right way.

On folding paper maps blue highways represent two-lane roads that “wind through remote stretches of the American landscape.”

Photo: Visual Hunt

In the PRIZM list of lifestyles, then, Blue Highways describes lower middle-class couples and families who live in isolated towns and farmsteads.

Sharing the same pursuits as other Whitefish Wireless Resorters and High Country Eagles, they

“like to hunt and fish, the women enjoy sewing and crafts, and everyone looks forward to going out to a country music concert.”

Photo: Visual Hunt

And, they’re likely to:

“Read Guns & Ammo, drive a Chevrolet Colorado and shop at Wal-Mart. Getting television reception in isolated towns means they probably own a satellite dish and watch auto racing.”

And finally, for understanding the way you and the  neighbors can find the best fit for you in a new community, let’s turn to the other Rustic Eagle lifestyles.

Rustic Eagles (HCERE), 58M4T4.

The second of Whitefish’s High Country Eagles, Rustic Eagles (HCERE) are the much older (M4) neighbors of WRDE Distant Exurbans – 48Y3T4 – the young and restless striving singles living at the greatest distance from the center of town (T4).

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Rustic Eagles are the downscale demographic who are the more mature residents who live in households without children.

The 58M4T4 Rustic Eagles fit into one of PRIZM’s nine “Sustaining Seniors” segments filled with older, economically challenged Americans.

As a group sustaining seniors are:

“Racially mixed and dispersed throughout the country, they all score high for having residents who are over 65 years old and household incomes under $25,000.

Many are single or widowed, have modest educational achievement and live in older apartments or small homes.”

On their fixed incomes, they lead low-key, home-centered lifestyles.

“They’re big on watching TV, gardening, sewing and woodworking. Their social life often revolves around activities at veterans clubs and fraternal organizations.”

And as a group of all nine M4 sustaining seniors as of 2011…

  • lived in just over 12 million American households (12,101,672)
  • with median household incomes of $29,346.

As one of six PRIZM “Rustic Living” segments (and the second of ’s T4 neighbors) in 2011 …

  • they lived in slightly more US households (13,401,489) and
  • lived on more household income ($31,343).
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The  Rustic Eagles (HCERE), 58M4T4 profiles is known as Back Country Folks  in the PRIZM lifestyle categories.

They are “along way away from economic paradise.

The residents tend to be poor, over 55 years old and living in older, modest-sized homes and manufactured housing.

Typically, life in this segment is a throwback to an earlier era when farming dominated the American landscape.”

Mostly retired, these 65+ seniors have below average income producing assets, but they mostly own their own homes.

Growing up on farms in remote rural areas, they have completed some high school course.

In 2011, “they more than 2.5 million homes (2,658,532) or 2.27% of all US households. 

With a median household income of $32,207, they tend order from Publishers Clearing House, read Hunting, and watch Soapnet.

And, they more than likely drive a Ford Ranger when they attend board meetings at their local church.”

We’re going to fast forward to 2015.

Given what we now know about Whitefish’s 2008 profile and the 2010 taxing developments, would the California transplants Dudley and Arthur and the long-term locals, Charles and his brother enjoy or hate changes in Whitefish’s neighborhoods and with a mix of new residents?

Steps:

25) Compare what “life” was like in those communities before the Great Recession, how resilient each was during the economic downturn, and to what degree did each bounce back after with any “economic hangover.”

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?

28) Which lifestyles profiled in the western resort towns during 2008 – 2009 remained five years later in 2013-2014?  Which disappeared entirely? Why? Which new lifestyles emerged, grew or moved in to shift the neighborhood mix? Have longtime locals been forced out by escalating property valuations and sky high property taxes?

Flocking

“Town and Rural areas have population density scores under 40.  This category includes exurbs, towns, farming communities and a wide range of other rural areas.

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How Charles, Arthur and Dudley find new communities across the West.

An excerpt from Book Three in “The Knowledge Path Series” dedicated to helping you find the place of your dreams.

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

Birds-of-a-Feather flock together.  

Dudley flew his Woodland Hills coop in Los Angeles County and landed in Whitefish in the mid-90s.

Even before the dot-com bubble exploded and the terrorists leveled New York’s Twin Towers.

Rocky Mountain Region – WikiTravel

Arthur’s family fell in love with the pristine valley long before Arthur inherited his old-three bedroom house from his parents.  

It didn’t take much coaxing for him to decide that Flathead Lake would be where he wanted to retire roughly two decades ago in 1998.

We initiated coverage of nearby Whitefish and the surrounding region in the Summer of 2008. 

Almost two years before Kim Murphy published her article in the Los Angeles Times.   

For Bucket List comparisons, here’s how we profiled it “At-A-Glance” in 2008.

Location At-A-Glance

Montana’s Travel Regions – WikiTravel

Region: Rocky Mountain Region, Western United States

State: Montana 

Travel Region: Glacier Country, Montana

County: Flathead 

Real Estate Phase: Early Growth  

Town:  Whitefish, Whitefish Mountain (formerly Big Mountain)

Population Density: Town and Country

Zip Codes: 59937

Profile At-A-Glance (Summer, 2008)

Life Stages: Singles, Couples, Families, Empty Nests, Seniors

Ages: 20-29, 45+, 55+, 65+

Community Neighbors: 

Wireless Resorters

Premier Resorts –WRPR

09M1T1, Big Fish Small Pond, 45+, Couples, Affluent Empty Nests, Accumulated Wealth, Landed Gentry WRPR Premier Resorts, Wireless Resorters (Mammoth Lakes, CA)

Distant Exurbans — WRDE

48Y3T4, Young and Rustic, 20-29, Striving Singles, Rustic Living, WRDE Distant Exurbans, Wireless Resorters (Park City, UT)

Resort Suburbans — WRRS

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

Community Neighbors: 

High Country Eagles 

Rural Cowboys — HCERC 

45Y3T3, Blue Highways, 20-29, Striving Singles, Middle America HCERC Rural Cowboy, High Country Eagles (Dillon, CO)

Rustic Eagles –HCERE

58M4T4, Back Country Folks, 65+Sustaining Seniors, Rustic Living, HCERE Rustic Eagles, High Country Eagles  (Whitefish, MT)

What does all of that mean?

Photo: Whitefish, Zip Code 59937 Google Maps

When you dig in a little deeper below the surface of Whitefish’s zip code you find what you would expect – a community whose residents reflect a mix of three Wireless Resorter lifestyles and two High Country Eagles.

Whitefish attracted a broad range of age and stage lifestyles – from the striving single 20-29 year olds to 65+ year-old sustaining seniors in older homes.  

Depending upon their circumstances, residents chose to live in Whitefish households alone or with other singles, couples, families, empty-nesters, and retired seniors.

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Using original density definitions from Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM Segmentation, Whitefish fits the “Town and Country” community description.

Just under 40% of the U.S. population (39.6%) call town and country home.

“Town and Rural areas have population density scores under 40.  

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

Using our density and lifestyle definitions most town and country residents live in either Wireless Resort or High Country Eagle communities.

Now consider that both Wireless Resorters and High Country Eagles come in four possible “flavors.”

Wireless Resort profiles

High Country Eagle profiles 

Let’s analyze the  profiles 

One at a time.

Why?

For the rest of our story, we’ll use those profiles as a way for Charles, Arthur and Dudley to find new communities across the West.

Premier Resorts (WRPR), 09M1T1. 

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WRPRs like those that flocked to Whitefish are the more wealthy of those who migrated to smaller boomtowns. 

These are what the Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM Segmentation call the “Landed Gentry” social group. 

Many of their households contain families with members of the Baby Boomer generation. 

WRPR couples already earned college degrees and work in professional jobs. 

As a social group living in expansive homes. 

They are more likely telecommuting – twice as likely as the rest of Americans.

Along with their upscale incomes and expansive homes comes the ability to afford heavy spending on expensive toys.  

They’re the prime consumers of technology – 

  • exercise equipment, 
  • electronics, 
  • wireless and computer technologies, 
  • luxury cars and 
  • powerboats.  

They’ll display the books they’ve read, the magazine subscriptions. 

And, intentionally or not, the toys they buy their children or grandchildren.

According PRIZM’s 2011 statistics …

9,812,689 US households fall within this social group with a median household income of $82,323.

The “09M1T1” code in our Knowledge Bank stands for one of the most affluent WRPR lifestyles.

Balboa Island Ferry – Getty Images
  • It means they rank within the top 10 of affluence (09), 
  • have entered their mature life stage (M1) and 
  • reside in the premier resort neighborhoods (T1) of country towns and exurbs.

And, that makes their neighborhoods a mashup of Cambria in California, Pagosa Springs in Colorado, Sedona in Arizona, Santa Fe in New Mexico, Incline Village – Crystal Bay in Nevada and Deer Valley in Utah.

The M1 upscale, empty-nesting couples enjoy the trappings of success.

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How so? By …

“belonging to country clubs, maintaining large investment portfolios and spending freely on computer technology. 

Older, upper-class, college-educated professionals, the members of PRIZM’s aptly named “Big Fish, Small Pond” are often among the leading citizens of their small-town communities. “

Which is why other Whitefish citizens had these reactions in Kim Murphy’s 2010 article.

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“Longtime residents say it’s not unusual to see three or four old houses along the lake razed and replaced with a massive private lodge. 

Wine bars, gourmet pizza bistros and boutiques now sit between the saloons at the base of the ski slopes in rustic downtown .”

The Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM Segmentation says:  

“While those on the ‘MTV side’ of fifty may debate their inclusion in M1 group, Americans in the Mature Years tend to be over 45 years old and living in houses that have empty-nested.” 

Not all empty nests are as affluent as the Affluent Empty Nests 09M1T1 “WRPRs.”

But, as we will see a little later, these are upscale couples.

The members of the M1 life stage group are college educated, hold executive and professional positions and are over 45.

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“With their children out of the house, these consumers have plenty of disposable cash to finance active lifestyles rich in travel and cultural events. 

They’re highly likely to order from L.L. Bean, contribute to PBS, read Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, watch The Triple Crown, and own a high-end vehicle like the Cadillac DTS.”

Oh, and these WRPRs are also community activists. 

They write their politicians, volunteer for environmental groups and vote heavily in elections. 

What about the other Whitefish Wireless Resorters, the Distant Exurbans (WRDE) and Resort Suburbans (WRRS)?

Distant Exurbans (WRDE), 48Y3T4. 

Distant Exurbans come in three lifestyle “flavors” …

Two striving single and younger segments ages 20-29 year olds –  both Millennials.

And a third much older sustaining senior 65+ age retirement group. 

What they have in common is “rustic living” in their more remote homes (T4).

Whitefish’s Distant Exurbans – 48Y3T4 – fit the profile of “young and restless” singles.

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Unlike the older, more wealthy Wireless Resorters, they rank in the lower middle end of the income scale (48th out 66 rankings).

They haven’t made their mark in their life or career like two other younger year segments – Y2 mainstream singles who live in metropolitan areas or the older Y1 30 and 40 year olds succeeding by midlife.

PRIZM labels these “twenty-something” singles the “Young and Rustic” because they typically have low incomes—

Often under $25,000 a year—from service jobs or part-time work they take on while going to college. 

“In general,  they are high-school educated, but don’t own their own homes 

As a home-to-school-back to home and then out on their own group, they rent small apartments instead. 

Housing for the striving single group is a mix of cheap apartment complexes, dormitories and mobile homes.”

With their service industry jobs and modest incomes, the younger WRDEs still try to fashion fast-paced lifestyles centered on sports, cars and dating.

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As consumers, the residents in these segments score high for …

  • outdoor sports, 
  • movies and music, 
  • fast food and 
  • inexpensive cars. 

In their remote communities, PRIZM says …

“they spend their leisure time in traditional small-town activities as fishing and hunting, attending social  activities at the local church and veterans club, enjoying country music and car racing.”

WRDE Distant Exurbans – 48Y3T4 – lifestyles, according to Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM Segmentation are more likely to:

“Order from Columbia House, buy science fiction books, read “Car Craft”, watch WWE Wrestling, and drive a Dodge Ram Diesel”

Resort Suburbans, (WRRS) 43M3T3. 

The third of Whitefish’s Wireless Resorters, 43M3T3 … 

live closer (T3) to the premier resort neighborhoods (T1) 

than the rustic exurbs (T4) 

which is why we call them the Resort Suburbans (WRRS).

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The homes in these neighborhoods house mostly older couples without children existing on lower-mid level income rankings  (43rd / 66).  

Like the ’s fourth lifestyle, High Country Eagles, Rural Cowboys (HCERC), WRRS Resort Suburbans belong to one of six segments of a broad social group, “Middle America.” 

Middle America segments are filled with middle-class homeowners living in small towns and remote exurbs. 

They’re typically found in scenic settings throughout the nation’s heartland. 

Middle Americans tend to be white, high school educated, living as couples or larger families, and ranging in age from under 25 to over 65. 

Like many residents of remote communities, these conservative consumers tend to prefer traditional rural pursuits: 

  • fishing, 
  • hunting, 
  • making crafts, 
  • antique collecting, 
  • watching television and 
  • meeting at civic and 
  • veterans clubs for 
  • recreation and companionship. 

Friday nights are for celebrating high school sports.

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A half a century ago things were different across the U.S.

Claritas / Nielsen PRIZM Segments says …

“America was once a land of small middle class towns, which can still be found today among Heartlanders. 

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.”

What about age?

You’ll notice in our knowledge bank we borrow Nielsen’s maturity as part of our code.

First the “M” and then the “Y” portions of the lifestyle label.

Photo: Visual Hunt

M1, the WRPR 09M1T1 affluent empty nesters in premier resorts we’ve already discussed is younger.

The M3 designation refers to the third of four Mature Years segments the large group of Cautious Couples, featuring an over-55-year-old mix.

“Widely scattered throughout the nation, the residents in the Cautious Couples seven lifestyle segments typically are working-class and white, with some college education and a high rate of homeownership. of singles, couples and widows.” 

As a whole group, Cautious Couples today pursue sedate lifestyles, given their blue-collar roots.

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

We pulled all of the PRIZM classifications together (2011 Statistics) in our Knowledge Bank for the following snapshot.

43M3T3 WRRS Resort Suburbans can be found living in … 

“about 2% of US households (2,334,924) that earn median incomes of $43,485.” 

What else do we know about them?

“They tend to shop at places like Kmart, sew clothing from patterns and read “Family Handyman.” On television, they watch the CBS Early Show and would likely drive the GMC Sierra Flex Fuel.”

Fun facts.

  • M3 Cautious Couples live in roughly 6 times more homes (12,266,568), 
  • but earn roughly $2,000 less a year ($41,303), 
  • as compared to the Middle America social group, 11,533,179 households 
  • with median household incomes of $43,123.

Next up?  

Part Two:  High Country Cowboys and Eagles in Whitefish

Steps:

25) Compare what “life” was like in those communities before the Great Recession, how resilient each was during the economic downturn, and to what degree did each bounce back after with any “economic hangover.” 

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?

28) Which lifestyles profiled in the western resort towns during 2008 – 2009 remained five years later in 2013-2014?  Which disappeared entirely? Why? Which new lifestyles emerged, grew or moved in to shift the neighborhood mix? Have longtime locals been forced out by escalating property valuations and sky high property taxes?

11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve

Maybe, for this time of year you want to visit the desert instead of the mountains.  Or take a vacation along the coast. Or islands – like Catalina off the coast of Southern California or one of the Hawaiian Islands.

 

Photo: Visual Hunt
You may just decide to live there for six months and somewhere else for the other.  In the mountains for skiing and snowboarding and then at the beach for surfing and sun bathing.

 

It may begin with a vacation to a friend’s favorite destination.

Like the mountains of California or Colorado.

Maybe it’s someplace where you’ve never been before.

Where do you find neighborhoods with similar families?

For your first time you’ll want to figure out your route and itinerary. 

Usually you have a region in mind, with some ideas where you might want to visit.  

Western United States – Texas A&M Transportation Institute

You may start with a map of a region within the West or of Hawaii.

You can start saving bookmarks about potential places, to revisit later.

Or you recall a trip you took out west a few years ago. 

From California to Nevada and Arizona. 

Up to Colorado and back through Utah and Nevada to your return to California.

A name rings a bell when you read an article in a file saved years ago that you stumble across while cleaning up your office.

It  lists the top places for retiring published by AARP – Loveland, Colorado. 

You spend a little time on the Internet and discover, it’s been singled out as a great place to retire on the water. 

In 2009 it was singled out as a best place to live.

Colorado Regions

You recall the fun you had hiking through the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. 

What were the names of some of those other places you saw on the way? 

You wonder if Loveland is right for you?

After all, US News & World Report ranked it 7th on their top 10 places to live in 2009; right ahead of San Luis Obispo, California and behind front runner Albuquerque, New Mexico, # 3 Austin, Texas and #4 Boise, Idaho.

Now you’ve got your work cut out for you.  Follow these 11 steps to turn your dreams into your dream home.  Let’s use Loveland as an example:

1.  I recommend beginning with Wikipedia and WikiTravel for a quick summary, local history some pictures and the zip code or zip codes.  You’ll see a map of the state, a subset of that map for it’s county.  WikiTravel profiles vacation attractions – directions and transportation, where to stay overnight, where you should eat and play.  It gives you ideas for visiting local attractions and doing more when you consider a broader vicinity.  So you can plan for a long weekend or a one or more week vacation.  

2.  If you aren’t interested in Loveland you can stop there and consider San Luis Obispo next.  Maybe, for this time of year you want to visit the desert instead of the mountains.  Or take a vacation along the coast. Or islands – like Catalina off the coast of Southern California or one of the Hawaiian Islands. But, if you like lakes and rivers, then Loveland may be worth further investigation. 

3.  For our purposes, we are assuming that you really want to move, invest in, work in, start a business or retire in a new community that doubles as a vacation resort and with pristine quality of lifestyle activities.  Otherwise, why bother?  

4.  So, grab the zip code and go to Google and search on the 5 digits.  You’ll find a map which will show you where this destination is in relation to its surrounding area.  You see photo slide shows and videos of the area.  You can switch to satellite views and hybrid map views.

5.  Still believe this town may be a keeper?  Jump to Claritas to check out the types of people who already live in the neighborhoods.  “Birds of a Feather Flock Together.”  Neighborhoods change slowly.  They attract the same kinds of people over time.  If you plan to move, invest, work, start a business or retire, you’ll want to see if residents match your criteria.

6.  We’ve already done the heavy lifting for you by identifying neighborhood characteristics by the age and stage of life of their residents.  Single (20-29, 25-54, Mid-Lifers (30-44).  Couple (55+ or 65+). Family (20-44, 25-54, 35-54). Empty Nests (45+ and 55+).  Baby Boomers ( 55+). Seniors ( 65+).  

7.  And, we’ve compared neighborhoods by wealth and status and by density.  From Wealthy Influentials and Wireless Resorters to High Country Eagles and Permanent Temporaries.  And from Metropolitan to Suburban to Small Cities and Country Towns.  So, if you want to narrow your focus to neighborhoods with 25-54 year old families in Wireless Resorts, then you can find a list that no other top 10 magazine list can provide (New Braunfels, TX and Park City, UT).

8.  Let’s say you’ve compared and narrowed your search for real estate investments.  Check out City-Data for in-depth demographics and regional, county and zip code statistics – including the number of registered sex offenders.

9.  If you plan to move, you should search by zip code on Weather Underground to find a wealth of weather patterns including tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters for each season, but especially for January and June to determine just how inviting your new vacation resort will be.  You may just decide to live there for six months and somewhere else for the other.  In the mountains for skiing and snowboarding and then at the beach for surfing and sun bathing.

10. Need a job?  Check the openings by zip code from two Internet sites – Indeed and Simply Hired.  You’ll want to take a couple of job hunting or house hunting trips before your final decision.  Make a vacation of it by returning to WikiTravel to line up the best accommodations, or visit My New Place for a listing, map and photos of rentals by zip code.

11.  We know that the best positions are hidden.  You find them by a chain of referrals and introductions.  How do you create a new network?  Use your zip code and key word description of the town in LinkedIn’s advanced search function and begin contacting the first few of 100 local introductions.

Which Premier, Wireless Resorter Lifestyles Appeal to You?

In their bucolic communities noted for their recently built homes on sprawling properties, the families of executives live in six-figure comfort.

 

Google Maps: Mammoth Lakes, CA
These upscale, empty-nesting couples enjoy the trappings of success, belonging to country clubs, maintaining large investment portfolios and spending freely on computer technology.

 

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

The final installment in a 16-Part Series.

Wealthy Influentials

Permanent Temporaries

High Country Eagles

Wireless Resorters

Country Communities

Photo: Visual Hunt

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 four Wireless Resorters household lifestyles:

Wireless Resorters, Premier Resorts (WRPR) – 30-44 year olds Midlife Success Couples35-54 year old Families45+ year old Families, and 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.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 9,812,689
  • Median Household Income : $82,323

“Widely scattered throughout the nation, Landed Gentry social group consist of wealthy Americans who migrated to the smaller boomtowns beyond the nation’s beltways. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

Many of the households contain Boomer families and couples with college degrees, professional jobs—they’re twice as likely as average Americans to telecommute—and expansive homes

With their upscale incomes, they can afford to spend heavily on consumer electronics, wireless and computer technology, luxury cars, powerboats, books and magazines, children’s toys and exercise equipment.”

Where will you find those three lifestyles?

Google Maps: Mammoth Lakes, CA

You’ll find neighbors in New Hampshire and three in California:

  • Cornish, NH
  • Lake Arrowhead, CA
  • Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Westwood, CA

 

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

25Y1T1, Country Casuals, 30-44, Couples, Midlife Success, Landed Gentry, WRPR Premier Resorts, Wireless Resorters (Westwood, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,741,070 (1.49%)
  • Median Household Income: $71,235

Premier Resorts (WRPR):  “There’s a laid-back atmosphere in Country Casuals, a collection of middle-aged, upper middle-class households that have started to empty-nest. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

Workers here-and most households boast two earners-have well-paying blue- or white-collar jobs, or own small businesses. 

Today these Baby-Boom couples have the disposable income to enjoy traveling, owning timeshares and going out to eat.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at priceline.com
  • Did woodworking
  • Read Everyday With Rachel Ray
  • Watched Great American Country Channel
  • Drove Ford F-Series Diesels”

20F2T1, Fast-Track Families, 35-54, Families, Young Accumulators, Landed Gentry, WRPR Premier Resorts, Wireless Resorters (Cornish, NH)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,861,697 (1.59%)
  • Median Household Income: $74,201

Premier Resorts (WRPR):  “With their upper-middle-class incomes, numerous children and spacious homes, Fast-Track Families are in their prime acquisition years. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

These middle-aged parents have the disposable income and educated sensibility to want the best for their children. 

They buy the latest technology with impunity: new computers, DVD players, home theater systems and video games. 

They take advantage of their rustic locales by camping, boating and fishing. 

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from buy.com
  • Traveled for business by airplane
  • Read American Hunter
  • Watched Country Music Television
  • Drove a Chevrolet Suburban Flex Fuel”

05F1T1, Country Squires, 45+, Family, Accumulated Wealth, Landed Gentry, WRPR Premier Resorts, Wireless Resorters (Lake Arrowhead, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,011,809 (1.72%)
  • Median Household Income: $101,507

Premier Resorts (WRPR): The wealthiest residents in exurban America live in Country Squires, an oasis for affluent Baby Boomers who’ve fled the city for the charms of small-town living.

Country Squires enjoy country club sports like golf, tennis and swimming as well as skiing, boating and biking.

Photo: Visual Hunt

In their bucolic communities noted for their recently built homes on sprawling properties, the families of executives live in six-figure comfort. 

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from amazon.com
  • Went snorkeling
  • Read Family Fun
  • Watched pay-per-view movies
  • Drove a GMC Yukon Denali”

09M1T1, Big Fish Small Pond, 45+, Couples, Affluent Empty Nests, Accumulated Wealth, Landed Gentry WRPR Premier Resorts, Wireless Resorters (Mammoth Lakes, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,498,189 (2.14%)
  • Median Household Income: $82,470

Premier Resorts (WRPR) “Older, upper-class, college-educated professionals, the members of Big Fish, Small Pond are often among the leading citizens of their small-town communities.

Photo: Visual Hunt

These upscale, empty-nesting couples enjoy the trappings of success, belonging to country clubs, maintaining large investment portfolios and spending freely on computer technology.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from L.L. Bean
  • Contributed to PBS
  • Read Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • Watched The Triple Crown
  • Drove a Cadillac DTS”

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 Maturing, Wireless Resorter Lifestyles Appeal to You? 

In their placid towns and scenic bedroom communities, these Americans tend to be married, between the ages of 25 and 54, with or without children.

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

 

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

Photo: Visual Hunt

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 six Wireless Resorters household lifestyles. The first five live comfortable country lives, but are a little less affluent than the sixth. Here are the first five:

Wireless Resorters, Maturing Resorts (WRMR) – 25-54 year old Mainstream Singles, three 25-54 year old Mainstream Families and one 55+ 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.

The five segments in Country Comfort are filled with predominantly white, middle-class homeowners.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 11,851,298
  • Median Household Income : $55,843

In their placid towns and scenic bedroom communities, these Americans tend to be married, between the ages of 25 and 54, with or without children. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

They enjoy comfortable upscale lifestyles, exhibiting high indices for barbecuing, bar-hopping and playing golf as well as home-based activities such as gardening, woodworking and crafts. 

Reflecting their rural, family environment, they prefer trucks, SUVs and mini-vans to cars.” 

Where will you find those five lifestyles?

Google Maps: Aspen, CO

We’ve identified two in California, and one each in Colorado, Texas and Utah.

  • Aspen, CO
  • Park City, UT
  • Truckee, CA
  • New Braunfels, TX
  • St. Helena, CA

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

23Y2T2, Greenbelt Sports, 25-54, Mainstream Singles, Country Comfort, WRMR Maturing Resorts, Wireless Resorters (Aspen, CO)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,560,639 (1.34%)
  • Median Household Income: $57,334

Maturing Resorts (WRMR):  “A segment of middle-class exurban couples, Greenbelt Sports is known for its active lifestyle. 

Most of these middle-aged residents are married, college-educated and own new homes; about a third have children.

Summer Outdoors

And few segments have higher rates for pursuing outdoor activities such as skiing, canoeing, backpacking, boating and mountain biking.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from Lands’ End
  • Gone horseback riding
  • Read Modern Bride
  • Watched Fox Sports Net
  • Drove a Subaru Legacy

33F3T2, Big Sky Families, 25-54, Mainstream Families, Country Comfort, WRMR Maturing Resorts, Wireless Resorters (Park City, UT)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,130,960 (1.82%)
  • Median Household Income: $55,553

Maturing Resorts (WRMR): “Scattered in placid towns across the American heartland, Big Sky Families is a segment of young rural families who have turned high school educations and blue-collar jobs into busy, middle-class lifestyles. 

Residents like to play baseball, basketball and volleyball, besides going fishing, hunting and horseback riding.

Tentertain their sprawling families, they buy virtually every piece of sporting equipment on the market.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from eBay.com
  • Attended high school sports
  • Read Field & Stream
  • Watched X Games
  • Drove a Chevrolet Silverado Diesel”

37Y1T2, Mayberry-ville, 25-54, Families, Couples, Midlife Success, Country Comfort, WRMR Maturing Resorts, Wireless Resorters (Truckee, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,756,347 (2.36%)
  • Median Household Income: $53,744

Maturing Resorts (WRMR): “Like the old Andy Griffith show set in a quaint picturesque berg, Mayberry-ville harks back to an old-fashioned way of life.

Photo: Visual Hunt

In these small towns, middle-class couples and families like to fish and hunt during the day, and stay home and watch TV at night.

With lucrative blue-collar jobs and moderately priced housing, residents use their discretionary cash to purchase boats, campers, motorcycles and pickup trucks.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Sherwin-Williams
  • Went hunting with a gun
  • Read Bassmaster
  • Watched Daytona 500
  • Drove a GMC Sierra Diesel”

32F3T2, New Homesteaders, 25-54, Mainstream Families, Country Comfort, WRMR Maturing Resorts, Wireless Resorters (New Braunfels, TX)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,102,864
  • Median Household Income: $56,181

Maturing Resorts (WRMR): “Young, middle-class families seeking to escape suburban sprawl find refuge in New Homesteaders, a collection of small rustic townships filled with new ranches and Cape Cods.

Photo: Visual Hunt

With decent-paying jobs in white-collar and service industries, these dual income couples have fashioned comfortable, child-centered lifestyles, their driveways filled with campers and powerboats, their family rooms with PlayStations and Game Boys.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Best Buy
  • Bought toys
  • Read American Baby
  • Watched Cartoon Network
  • Drove a Chevrolet Uplander 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”

Upscale Country Resorts

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

The sixth Wireless Resorter Lifestyle rounds out our Maturing Resorts bucket list:

Wireless Resorters, Maturing Resorts (WRMR) – 30-44 year old  Midlife 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: 9,812,689
  • Median Household Income : $82,323

“Widely scattered throughout the nation, Landed Gentry social group consist of wealthy Americans who migrated to the smaller boomtowns beyond the nation’s beltways. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

Many of the households contain Boomer families and couples with college degrees, professional jobs—they’re twice as likely as average Americans to telecommute—and expansive homes

With their upscale incomes, they can afford to spend heavily on consumer electronics, wireless and computer technology, luxury cars, powerboats, books and magazines, children’s toys and exercise equipment.”

Google Maps: Boulder, CO

Where will you find this lifestyle?

We identified a university town northwest of Denver, Colorado.

  • Boulder, CO

How well does this lifestyle describe you?

11Y1T1, God’s Country, 30-44, Couples, Midlife Success, Landed Gentry, WRMR, Maturing Resorts, Wireless Resorters (Boulder, CO)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,699,924 (1.45%)
  • Median Household Income: $83,935

Maturing Resorts (WRMR): When city dwellers and suburbanites began moving to the country in the 1970s, God’s Country emerged as the most affluent of the nation’s exurban lifestyles.

Today, wealthier communities exist in the hinterlands, but God’s Country remains a haven for upper income couples in spacious homes.

Typically college-educated Baby Boomers, these Americans try to maintain a balanced lifestyle between high-power jobs and laid back leisure.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from zappos.com
  • Took golf vacations
  • Read Yachting
  • Watched Bloomberg Television
  • Drove an Audi S6″

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, Wireless Resorter Lifestyles Appeal to You?

We’ve identified two former exurban towns morphing into bedroom suburbs in California and one in Arizona.

 

Photo: Visual Hunt
You can pursue a rustic lifestyle where hunting and fishing remain prime leisure activities along with cooking, sewing, camping and boating.

 

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

Photo: Visual Hunt

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 Wireless Resorters household lifestyles:

Wireless Resorters, Resort Suburbans (WRRS) – One 20-29 year old Striving Singles and two 55+ year old Cautious 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: 11,533,179
  • Median Household Income : $43,123

Joining Rural Cowboy (HCERC), Resort Suburbans (WRRS) round out the remaining three segments in Middle America filled with middle-class homeowners living in small towns and remote exurbs. 

“Typically found in scenic settings throughout the nation’s heartland, Middle Americans tend to be white, high school educated, living as couples or larger families, and ranging in age from under 25 to over 65.

Photo: Visual Hunt

Like many residents of remote communities, these conservative consumers tend to prefer traditional rural pursuits: fishing, hunting, making crafts, antique collecting, watching television and meeting at civic and veterans clubs for recreation and companionship. 

Friday nights are for celebrating high school sports.”

Where will you find those three lifestyles?

Google Maps: Healdsburg, CA

We’ve identified two former exurban towns morphing into bedroom suburbs in California and one in Arizona:

  • Prescott. AZ
  • Healdsburg, CA
  • Idyllwild, CA

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

42Y3T3, Red, White & Blues, 20-29, Striving Singles, Middle America, WRRS Resort Suburbans, Wireless Resorters (Healdsburg, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,278,769 (1.09%)
  • Median Household Income: $42,995

Resort Suburban (WRRS): “The residents in Red, White & Blues neighborhoods typically live in exurban towns rapidly morphing into bedroom suburbs.

Starbuck’s Signal Upscale Growth

Their streets feature new fast-food restaurants, and locals have recently celebrated the arrival of chains like Wal-Mart, Radio Shack and Payless Shoes.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Lowe’s
  • Went fishing
  • Read Four Wheeler
  • Watched Speed Channel
  • Drove a Dodge Ram”

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”

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”

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 Distant Exurban, Wireless Resorter Lifestyles Appeal to You?

With their service industry jobs and modest incomes, these folks still try to fashion fast-paced lifestyles centered on sports, cars and dating.

Google Maps: Telluride, CO
We identified three resort communities where residents enjoy a more rustic quality-of-life away from population centers in Arizona, Colorado and Utah.

 

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

Photo: Visual Hunt

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 Wireless Resorters household lifestyles which share the same rustic, quality-of-life appeal of nature as it does for High Country Eagles:

Wireless Resorters, Distant Exurbans (WRDE) – Two 20-29 year old Striving Singles and one 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.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 13,401,489
  • Median Household Income : $31,343

As for High Country Eagles, Rustic Eagles, these remaining three (of the six) segments in Rustic America represent the nation’s most isolated towns and rural villages for Distant Exurbans.

“As a group, T4 residents have relatively modest incomes, low educational levels, aging homes and blue-collar occupations. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

Many of the residents, a mix of young singles and seniors, are unmarried, and they’ve watched scores of their neighbors migrate to the city.

In their remote communities, these consumers spend their leisure time in such traditional small-town activities as fishing and hunting, attending social activities at the local church and veterans club, enjoying country music and car racing.”

Google Maps: Telluride, CO

Where will you find those three lifestyles?

We identified three resort communities where residents enjoy a more rustic quality-of-life away from population centers in Arizona, Colorado and Utah.

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

48Y3T4, Young and Rustic, 20-29, Striving Singles, Rustic Living, WRDE Distant Exurbans, Wireless Resorters (Park City, UT)

Distant Exurban (WRDE): Like the soap opera that inspired its nickname, Young & Rustic is composed of young, restless singles.

Photo: Visual Hunt

Unlike the glitzy soap denizens, however, these folks tend to be lower-income, high school-educated and living in tiny apartments in the nation’s  towns.

With their service industry jobs and modest incomes, these folks still try to fashion fast-paced lifestyles centered on sports, cars and dating.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,224,366 (1.90%)
  • Median Household  Income: $32,238

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from Columbia House
  • Bought science fiction books
  • Read Car Craft
  • Watched WWE Wrestling
  • Owned a Dodge Ram Diesel

56Y3T4, Crossroads Villagers, 20-29 Striving Single, Rustic Living, WRDE Distant Exurbans, Wireless Resorters (Telluride, CO)

Distant Exurban (WRDE): Residents are high school-educated, with lower-middle incomes and modest housing; one-quarter live in mobile homes.

Photo: Visual Hunt

With a population of middle-aged, blue-collar couples and families, Crossroads Villagers is a classic  rural lifestyle.

And there’s an air of self-reliance in these households as Crossroads Villagers help put food on the table through fishing, gardening and hunting.

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,466,414 (2.11%)
  • Median Household Income: $32,084

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Wal-Mart Pharmacy
  • Owned a motor home
  • Read Motorcyclist
  • Watched The Jerry Springer Show
  • Owned a Chevrolet Aveo

55M4T4, Golden Ponds, 65+Sustaining Seniors, Couples, Rustic Living, WRDE Distant Exurbans, Wireless Resorters ( Elgin, AZ)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,985,453 (1.70%)
  • Median Household Income: $31,657

Distant Exurbans (WRDE): Golden Ponds is mostly a retirement lifestyle, dominated by downscale singles and couples over 65 years old. 

Found in small bucolic towns around the country, these high school-educated seniors live in small apartments on less than $25,000 a year; one in five resides in a nursing home.

Photo: Visual Hunt

For these elderly residents, daily life is often a succession of sedentary activities such as reading, watching TV, playing bingo and doing craft projects.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Purchased in-home vitamins 
  • Ordered garden supplies by phone
  • Read American Legion Magazine
  • Watched The Price is Right
  • Drove a Mercury Sable”

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 Rustic, High Country Eagle Lifestyles Appeal to You?

We identified three Rustic Eagle residential neighborhoods in California, Montana and New Mexico.

 

Google Maps: Whitefish, MT
Typically, life in this segment is a throwback to an earlier era when farming dominated the American landscape.

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

Photo: Visual Hunt

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 Eagle, Rustic Eagles (HCERE) – 20-44 year old Sustaining Families and two 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: 13,401,489
  • Median Household Income : $31,343

“Three of the six segments in Rustic America represent the nation’s most isolated towns and rural villages. 

As a group, T4 residents have relatively modest incomes, low educational levels, aging homes and blue-collar occupations. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

Many of the residents, a mix of young singles and seniors, are unmarried, and they’ve watched scores of their neighbors migrate to the city.

In their remote communities, these consumers spend their leisure time in such traditional small-town activities as fishing and hunting, attending social activities at the local church and veterans club, enjoying country music and car racing.”

Where in the West will you find those three lifestyles?

Google Maps: Whitefish, MT

We identified three Rustic Eagle residential neighborhoods in California, Montana and New Mexico.

 

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

64F4T4, Bedrock America, 20-44, Families, Sustaining Families, Town and Country, Rustic Living, HCERE Rustic Eagles, High Country Eagles (Palm Springs, CA)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,220,781 (1.90%)
  • Median Household  Income: $27,602

In 2011 Claritas described these Rustic Eagle (HCERE) household lifestyles:

Bedrock America consists of young, economically challenged families in small, isolated  towns, located throughout the nation’s heartland. 

With modest educations, sprawling families and blue-collar jobs, many of these residents struggle to make ends meet. 

One quarter live in mobile homes. One in three haven’t finished high school.

Rich in scenery, Bedrock America is a haven for fishing, hunting, hiking and camping.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from Avon
  • Bought toy cars
  • Read Parents Magazine
  • Watched The Young and the Restless
  • Drove a Dodge Ram Flex Fuel”

57M4T4, Old Milltown, 65+, Sustaining Seniors, Rustic Living, HCERE Rustic Eagles, High Country Eagles ( Taos, NM)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,845,943 (1.58%)
  • Median Household Income: $30,608

Rustic Eagles (HCERE):  “America’s once-thriving mining and manufacturing towns have aged-as have the residents in Old Milltowns communities

Today, the majority of residents are retired singles and couples, living on downscale incomes in pre-1960 homes and apartments.

Photo: Visual Hunt

For leisure, they enjoy gardening, sewing, socializing at veterans clubs or eating out at casual restaurants.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from Home Shopping Network
  • Did needlepoint
  • Read Good Housekeeping
  • Watched As the World Turns
  • Drove a GMC Canyon”

58M4T4, Back Country Folks, 65+Sustaining Seniors, Rustic Living, HCERE Rustic Eagles, High Country Eagles (Whitefish, MT)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 2,658,532 (2.27%)
  • Median Household Income: $32,207

Rustic Eagles (HCERE):  “Strewn among remote farm communities across the nation, Back Country Folks are a long way away from economic paradise.

The residents tend to be poor, over 55 years old and living in older, modest-sized homes and manufactured housing. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

Typically, life in this segment is a throwback to an earlier era when farming dominated the American landscape.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from Publishers Clearing House
  • Belonged to church board
  • Read Hunting
  • Watched Soapnet
  • Drove a Ford Ranger”

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 Rural, High Country Eagle Lifestyles Appeal to You?

Friday nights are for celebrating high school sports.

 

Photo: Visual Hunt
These Americans tend to be young, working-class couples with large families-more than half have two or more kids-living in small homes and manufactured housing.

 

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

Photo: Visual Hunt

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, Rural Cowboy (HCERC) – 20-29 year old Striving Singles and two 25-54 year old Mainstream 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: 11,533,179
  • Median Household Income : $43,123

Three Rural Cowboy (HCERC) and another three (of the six) segments in Middle America are filled with middle-class homeowners living in small towns and remote exurbs. 

“Typically found in scenic settings throughout the nation’s heartland, Middle Americans tend to be white, high school educated, living as couples or larger families, and ranging in age from under 25 to over 65.

Photo: Visual Hunt

Like many residents of remote communities, these conservative consumers tend to prefer traditional rural pursuits: fishing, hunting, making crafts, antique collecting, watching television and meeting at civic and veterans clubs for recreation and companionship. 

Friday nights are for celebrating high school sports.”

Where in the West will you find those three lifestyles?

Google Maps: Coeur d’Alene, ID

We find three Rural Cowboy neighborhoods, one each in Arizona, Colorado and Idaho:

  • Surprise, AZ
  • Dillon, CO
  • Coeur d’Alene, ID

 

Which of the following lifestyles best describes you?

45Y3T3, Blue Highways, 20-29 Striving Singles, Middle America HCERC Rural Cowboy, High Country Eagles (Dillon, CO)

Rural Cowboy (HCERC): On maps, blue highways are often two-lane roads that wind through remote stretches of the American landscape.

Among  lifestyles, Blue Highways is the standout for lower middle-class singles and couples who live in isolated towns and farmsteads. 

They like to hunt and fish, the women enjoy sewing and crafts, and everyone looks forward to going out to a country music concert.”

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,809,961 (1.55%)
  • Median Household Income: $43,023

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Wal-Mart
  • Owned satellite dish
  • Read Guns & Ammo
  • Watched auto racing
  • Drove Chevrolet Colorado

50F3T3, Kid Country, USA, 25-54, Mainstream Families, Middle America – HCERC  Rural Cowboy, High Country Eagles (Coeur d’Alene, ID)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,481,771 (1.27%)
  • Median Household Income: $42,166

Rural Cowboy (HCERC): “Widely scattered throughout the nation’s heartland, Kid Country, USA is a segment dominated by large families living in small towns. 

Predominantly white, with an above average concentration of Hispanics, these young, these working-class households include homeowners, renters and military personnel living in base housing; about 16 – 20 percent of residents own mobile homes.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Ordered from oldnavy.com
  • Bought infant toys
  • Read Fit Pregnancy
  • Watched Nick at Nite
  • Drove a  Nissan Titan Flex Fuel”

51F3T3, Shotguns & Pickups, 25-54, Mainstream Families, Middle America, HCERC  Rural Cowboy, High Country Eagles (Surprise, AZ)

2011 Statistics:

  • US Households: 1,873,167 (1.60%)
  • Median Household Income: $41,859

Rural Cowboy (HCERC): “The segment known as Shotguns & Pickups came by its moniker honestly: it scores near the top of all lifestyles for owning hunting rifles and pickup trucks. 

These Americans tend to be young, working-class couples with large families-more than half have two or more kids-living in small homes and manufactured housing.

Nearly a third of residents live in mobile homes, more than anywhere else in the nation.

Lifestyle & Media Traits:

  • Shopped at Sears Hardware
  • Went camping
  • Read North American Hunter
  • Watched Outdoor Channel
  • Drove Ford F-Series”

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

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

 

Photo: Visual Hunt
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

Photo: Visual Hunt

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. 

Photo: Visual Hunt

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?