St. Petersburg, Florida, once had the reputation of being a retirement haven - now the average age is 39.3 and it's hard to find a green bench in the city. The distorted clock seems an appropriate age for this shift in demographics.
The New York Times analyzed data from the Censur Bureau and determined that people are still moving to Florida in their 60s, but older people are reversing this move. For people 75 and older, more are leaving Florida than coming. The same is true for people over 85 - more are leaving than coming.
Much of this is due to aging and family location. Many are widowed. Some are failing in health, and no longer able to live independently. Rather than be alone here in an assisted living facility or nursing home, families are calling them home up north, where they can be closer.
We also have some younger retirees in their 50s and 60s that we call half-backs. They move half way back, so that they can be within a day's drive of their children. For those who move half or all the way back, it's often because of their (or her) grandchildren - they want to be close enough to watch them grow up. Retirees in their 20s and 30s seem to find plenty to do here (yes, some of the dot com retirees are in their 20s).
The green benches are gone, and when you walk the downtown St. Pete streets you see a great mixture of ages. Toddlers and retirees alike enjoy gelatos and ice cream, sitting at the outdoor cafes along the parks and waterfront, the arts, the entertainment, the sports. It's amazing how many choices there are of what to do and where to eat.
p.s. St. Petersburg, Florida, is known as The Sunshine City, because historically it has averaged 360 days of sunshine a year. The Evening Independent gave away newspapers any day that the sun did not shine.