Sociodemographic and health characteristics of Anglophone Canadian and U.S. snowbirds

J Aging Health. 1992 Nov;4(4):500-13. doi: 10.1177/089826439200400403.


Data from a survey of anglophone Canadian snowbirds wintering in Florida and one of U.S. snowbirds in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley are used to compare the two groups in terms of sociodemographics, chronic health conditions, and use of health services. The Canadians were younger and reported fewer chronic problems than did the U.S. snowbirds; Canadians aged 65 and over had a lower reported prevalence for four of five chronic conditions than did persons of the same age in the Canadian population. In contrast, the U.S. snowbirds had higher reports on four of the conditions than did U.S. Whites aged 65 and over. Hypotheses are suggested for future research, and methodological issues are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Demography
  • Florida
  • Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Status
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Population Dynamics*
  • Seasons*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Texas
  • United States / epidemiology