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San Antonio tops a new list of America’s Baby Boomer Boom Towns compiled by SpareFoot, which operates the country’s largest online marketplace for self-storage.

As you might guess, the Sunbelt dominates the list, with Texas and Tennessee leading the way.

To come up with this list, SpareFoot analyzed not just Baby Boomer population growth for the country’s 100 most populated metro areas, but also per-capita growth in gross domestic product (GDP), per-capita personal income growth, housing affordability and number of health care workers per capita.

GDP and personal income data are inflation-adjusted. Housing affordability is determined by the National Association of Realtors’ Affordability Index; the higher the number, the more affordable the housing market. Two metro areas didn’t have data for this metric, so we estimated housing affordability based on numbers for similar areas nearby.

1. San Antonio, Texas

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 8 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 3.5 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 2.1 percent

Housing affordability index: 198

Total health care workers per capita: 0.035

2. Boise, Idaho

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 11.7 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.4 percent

Housing affordability index: 224.8

Total health care workers per capita: 0.036

3. Raleigh, North Carolina

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 10.9 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.9 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 0.7 percent

Housing affordability index: 224.4

Total health care workers per capita: 0.034

4. Austin, Texas

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 6.4 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 3.6 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.6 percent

Housing affordability index: 202

Total health care workers per capita: 0.028

5. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 9 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 2.1 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.2 percent

Housing affordability index (estimated): 250

Total health care workers per capita: 0.030

6. Nashville, Tennessee

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 2 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 3 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 2.4 percent

Housing affordability index: 236

Total health care workers per capita: 0.036

7. Orlando, Florida

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 10.5 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 0.07 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.6 percent

Housing affordability index: 229.3

Total health care workers per capita: 0.033

8. Phoenix, Arizona

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 11.5 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 0.5 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 0.8 percent

Housing affordability index: 231.2

Total health care workers per capita: 0.031

9. Chattanooga, Tennessee

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 2.4 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.8 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.9 percent

Housing affordability index: 230

Total health care workers per capita: 0.044

10. Charlotte, North Carolina

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 7.2 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.5 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.5 percent

Housing affordability index: 229.7

Total health care workers per capita: 0.029

11. Columbia, South Carolina

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 2.3 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 2.4 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.4 percent

Housing affordability index: 228.9

Total healthcare workers per capita: 0.042

12. Knoxville, Tennessee

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 3.4 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.4 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.6 percent

Housing affordability index: 236.4

Total health care workers per capita: 0.041

13. Houston, Texas

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 1.2 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 2.3 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 2.9 percent

Housing affordability index: 225.3

Total health care workers per capita: 0.029

14. Jacksonville, Florida

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 6.5 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 0.2 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.2 percent

Housing affordability index: 276.2

Total health care workers per capita: 0.037

15. Provo-Orem, Utah

Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 9.7 percent

Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.6 percent

Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 0.5 percent

Housing affordability index (estimated): 200

Total health care workers per capita: 0.025

For more information about SpareFoot’s list of America’s Baby Boomer Boom Towns, visit blog.sparefoot.com/4827-baby-boomer-boom-towns.

Data sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau

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