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

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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 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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?