"Going home" or "leaving home"? The impact of person and place ties on anticipated counterstream migration

Gerontologist. 2001 Feb;41(1):96-102. doi: 10.1093/geront/41.1.96.


Purpose: The probability of anticipated return migration in retirees is explored.

Design and methods: Survey data were analyzed from interviews with a sample of elderly European Americans who migrated to a metropolitan city on Florida's east coast following retirement.

Results: Results are consistent with the specification of the 2nd move in E. Litwak and C. F. Longino's (1987) life course model of retirement migration. Respondents were unlikely to anticipate a return move unless ties to the back home community made such a move possible.

Implications: Ties with children, both back home and in Florida, significantly influence consideration of a return move.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Education
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Family
  • Female
  • Florida
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Likelihood Functions
  • Male
  • Marital Status
  • Middle Aged
  • Probability
  • Retirement*