hipsters and hippies… I WANT YOU!

The Swing State Migration project was born after I read this article and after I attended this march. I originally intended for the project to focus on members of my generation. Millenials! There, I said it. I’m a millennial. I’ve learned to love my label mostly because I think we have the power to change our current political situation.

I know that a lot of millenials have less baggage like mortgages, marriages, and babies. They are in a transitional time in their life so the idea that you could try a new place in time for the 2020 election isn’t so far off. You could graduate from college and move to a swing state to start your career. You could stay in your college town in a swing state for a few extra years. You could choose a grad school in a swing state to make a difference. Targeting 20 somethings in the obvious choice. The less obvious choice is Baby Boomers!

Post election, I wasn’t too happy with the baby boomers who supported Donald Trump with 53% of their vote. With the catatonic haze of those days following the election behind me, I can see now that there is enough blame to go around. Quite coincidentally, millennials and baby boomers are actually a perfect partnership in this project. Many baby boomers are also in a time of transition. They might not be ready to “retire” but might be ready to downsize or try something new. This is a perfect time for a progressive boomer who has already put so much into helping to change our society for the better to make a political statement. Moving to a swing state will make a difference!

A baby boomer probably thinks of a millennial and sees this…

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and a millennial thinks of a baby boomer and sees this…

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But I’m hoping to bridge the gap and let both groups see that they have a lot more in common than they know and one of those things they have in common is that they both want to move to a swing state.

In the coming weeks, I will offer some perspective from a “resident boomer” and I will leave boomers with this recent Forbes list of the best places to retire in 2017.

Ironically, the two states that come to mind when I think of retirement are Florida and Arizona- two pivotal swing states. Retirement doesn’t necessarily mean shuffle board and golf carts anymore but coastal towns and college towns have always been a great place to retire and swing states top the list with nearly half of the top 25 spots.

Forbes’ Best Places to Retire 2017

  • Athens, Ga.
  • Bella Vista, Ark.
  • Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Brevard, N.C.
  • Clemson, S.C.
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Fargo, N.D.
  • Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Green Valley, Ariz.
  • Harrisonburg, Va.
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Lawrence, Kan.
  • Lewiston, Maine
  • Lincoln, Neb.
  • Maryville, Tenn.
  • Ocean Pines, Md.
  • Peoria, Ariz.
  • Port Charlotte, Fla.
  • San Marcos, Texas
  • Savannah, Ga.
  • Summerville, S.C.
  • The Villages, Fla.
  • Wenatchee, Wash.

 

 

photos by: Mascha Tace/ Shutterstock

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