Golden Rush

DENVER – A  Center for Western Priorities report finds that seniors are three times more likely to move into Western counties with a higher percentage of protected public lands like national parks, monuments, and other conservation areas.

The Golden Rush: How Public Lands Draw Retirees and Create Economic Growth examines census data, migration trends, economic indicators, and the distribution of protected public lands to help determine which factors drive retirees to the West.

The economic benefits of retirees ripple across local communities. Non-labor income, in the form of investment income and aging-related payments, is one of the fastest-growing sources of income in the Western U.S. With this spending power, recent retirees moving to Western states are bringing thousands of jobs with them – an estimated 297,000 jobs over ten years – in industries like health services, construction, housing, banking, restaurants and entertainment.


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