The Silver Tsunami Explained

By 2027, cars may be exclusively self-driving and universal health care may not just be a distant dream. Also by 2027, seniors (60+) will begin leaving millions of houses in metro areas across the United States. As baby boomers continue to age, millions of their residences will be put on the market, resulting in a large housing boom. This is all set to take place between 2027 and 2037 and it’s been dubbed the “Silver Tsunami.”

As with any tsunami—water-based or otherwise—it’s best to be prepared. First-time homebuyers may wish to be especially prepared as the Silver Tsunami is expected to put millions of homes on the market, lowering the market rate. However, some metro areas will see a heavier influx of available homes than others. Therefore, preparation for this housing boom involves knowing which metro areas will see the highest increase in houses on the market between 2027 and 2037.

View Silver Tsunami in a full screen map

The map above displays Zillow’s mortality data which is used to predict the metro areas that will see the most homes go on the market. You can manipulate the sortable categories on the map so that you too can understand the Silver Tsunami and how it will affect the housing market. Or read on for an explanation as to where the Silver Tsunami will hit the hardest when it begins in 2027.

Locations Hit Hardest by Silver Tsunami in 2027

By 2027, seven metro areas in the U.S. will see 13.5% or more of houses put on the market as a result of the Silver Tsunami. Three of the seven areas are located in the same state, as you can see on the table below or on the map when sorting by 2027 and selecting the first range (“15.2%-13.5%”).

Metro Area State By 2027
Tampa FL 15.20%
Miami FL 15.20%
Tucson AZ 14.80%
Orlando FL 14.40%
Dayton OH 14.30%
Pittsburgh PA 13.60%
Knoxville TN 13.50%
Greensboro NC 13.30%
Cleveland OH 13.20%
Buffalo NY 13.20%

It seems Florida is the place to be (or at least buy a home) in 2027. A popular retirement hub, it’s no wonder so many homes are expected to go on the market as a result of the Silver Tsunami. The metro areas most affected in the Sunshine State are Tampa, Miami, and Orlando. These three Florida cities have anticipated rates of homes released to the market by seniors above 14%. Yet Tucson, Arizona, breaks up the Floridian monopoly of the top spots. Tucson has an estimated share of homes to be released to the market by seniors just above Orlando.

Additional metro areas that can expect an influx of homes on the market after the passing of elderly folks include Dayton, Pittsburgh, and Knoxville. And while Knoxville is the last to have a rate above 13.5%, it should be noted that Greensboro, North Carolina, Cleveland, Ohio, and Buffalo, New York also have significantly higher rates than most metro areas. Greensboro will likely see 13.3% of houses go on the market while both Cleveland and Buffalo can expect 13.2%. Ohio, like Florida, has more than one metro area where plenty of current-seniors’ homes will be put on the market. So, renters in Florida and Ohio may want to start saving up for 2027 when tons of houses are sure to swarm the market.

However, those who don’t end up finding a home they love in 2027 can wait ten more years to get more than double the choices.

Ten Years Later: Where the Silver Tsunami Strikes in 2037

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Just ten years after the start of the Silver Tsunami, available houses will have more than doubled in many metro areas. While you may predict that the Silver Tsunami will benefit the same places in 2037 as in 2027, it’s not 100% the case—aside from Tampa.

In 2037 as in 2027, Tampa, Florida reigns as the #1 metro area with the most houses available from the Silver Tsunami. Tampa’s available homes will increase from 15.2% in 2027 to 33.2% in 2037—an 18% change.

However, unlike Tampa, the number of homes on the market in Miami did not increase enough from 2027 to guarantee a second-place ranking again in 2037. In fact, purchasable homes in Tucson, Arizona are expected to surpass those in Miami by 2037. In 2027, 14.8% of homes are expected to be put on the market in Tucson. In 2037? Over thirty-two percent of homes will become available—an increase of 17.8% in just ten years. This is why Tucson ends up at #2 a decade after the initial Silver Tsunami wave. In 2037, Miami will drop to #3 with an increase in homes of just 16.7% from 2027.

Orlando continues being the fourth metro area with the biggest increase in homes in 2037, as does Dayton in fifth. However, Knoxville and Pittsburgh flip in rank from 2027 to 2037. Available homes in Knoxville will have risen to 30.8% (a 17.3% change from 2027) while Pittsburgh’s purchasable houses will reside at 30.2% (a 16.6% change). While Pittsburgh may have gone from #6 to #7 in the ranks, the metro area is still notable for being the last with an available housing rate of 30% or more in 2037.

Other interesting data trends include the disappearance of Buffalo, New York from the top ten in 2037 as well as Albuquerque, New Mexico’s sudden appearance. Buffalo’s available homes are only set to increase by 15.8%, earning it a rank of #12 while Albuquerque should increase by 16.9%, putting it in ninth place in 2037.

Yet, not every metro area is as lucky as the ones noted above when it comes to the Silver Tsunami.

Regions Rejected by the Silver Tsunami

A decade is more than enough time for the Silver Tsunami to make its way across the nation. Yet, by 2037, several metro areas in the U.S. aren’t anticipated to see much of a housing boom.

Viewing the map with BatchGeo’s heat view feature enabled, we see seven states with metro areas notably absent from any activity. These include Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.

The heat view also makes it clear that aside from the single metro areas of Oregon (Portland) and Washington (Seattle), the Silver Tsunami pretty much skips the Northwest. Now, this doesn’t mean the children and grandchildren of baby boomers are hoarding their homes in this region. What it does mean is that there likely isn’t a huge population of older folks in these areas.

On the other hand, the entire East of the country (aside from the hole that is West Virginia) lights up like a firecracker via heat view. This means more baby boomers live in metro areas on the East Coast than the West and they’ll likely leave millions of houses on the market between 2027 and 2037.

So, you want to save big and buy a house in 2027 or 2037? Start planning now. Make an open house map or any other map today for free with BatchGeo.

How to Plan a Road Trip With Google Maps

When you have children, summer breaks can seem long and never ending. Even for those without kids, it can be nice to break up monotonous summer months—or any other time of year, really—with a fun road trip. However, it’s not all snacks and singalongs; road trips require a lot of planning.

You may know that you want to pass through specific cities or see certain attractions along the way. Maybe you’re also planning to stop somewhere for the night to recharge or to prolong your stay at your final destination. You could start your road trip plans by making a mental list of these locations or maybe you’ll save yourself a headache by writing it down somewhere.

Wouldn’t a map make more sense? You can first brainstorm your desired locations in an Excel spreadsheet, then easily make a Google Maps road trip map you’ll be able to load on your phone.

You can create your road trip map with the three steps below:

  • Determine the desired locations of your road trip
  • Compile a spreadsheet (with categories and directions)
  • Visualize the destinations of your road trip with Google Maps

As with any journey, to get started, first determine where it is you wish to go.

Determine the Desired Locations of Your Road Trip

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The first step in planning a road trip with Google Maps is perhaps the most fun: deciding where you want to go! There are millions of cool places you can navigate to by car, though you may end up focusing on just one or two desired locations and the stops you’ll make along the way.

Spontaneous road trippers may feel extensive planning takes the excitement out of a road trip. After all, you could theoretically save time by just getting in the car and going, searching for attractions and restaurants near you on your phone. However, foodies and planners know that to get the best experience out of your trip, you can’t just stop at the nearest McDonald’s. Plus, if you have kids, food allergies, or specific ways of eating, prior research is always appreciated.

So, you may know that you want to pass through specific cities or see certain attractions along the way. Maybe you’re also planning to stop somewhere for the night to recharge or to prolong your stay at your final destination. Or, if you’re struggling to come up with ideas, you can always look to popular destinations, such as:

Other than attractions, you may also want to plan stops at lodging, gas stations, family, or restaurants like the best restaurants in 25 major cities.

You could keep a mental list of all these locations, or maybe you saved yourself a headache by writing it down. But the best way to keep track of your road trip locations for mapping purposes is to first add them to a spreadsheet.

Compile a Spreadsheet (With Categories and Directions)

With a better idea about the locations you wish to visit throughout your road trip, transfer them from your mental list, Word document, or Notes app into an Excel spreadsheet or Google Sheets. This will aid you when it comes time to create a Google map.

To compile your spreadsheet, you’ll want to put the information into several different columns with headings such as:

  • Location name
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Postal code
  • Category

For some Excel tricks on how to easily separate your data into columns, see Simplify Complicated Data in Excel Spreadsheets.

The address, city, state, and postal code are fairly self-explanatory; they’ll be needed for mapping the locations later. Location name is meant to identify the place you want to visit. You may choose to name it something like “Grandma’s house” or “highest-rated restaurant in Casper, Wyoming.” A category heading and subsequent column is useful if you want to later be able to sort your map.

Why Categorize Your Locations in a Spreadsheet

By assigning each of your desired road trip locations a “category” or “type,” you’ll be able to sort your map by the categories, filtering out the rest. This will certainly come in handy if, in the middle of your road trip, your hangry partner needs food immediately. Bypass attractions, gas stations, and lodgings when you sort the map by restaurants or fast food joints. Or, if you’re past “E”, you can narrow down gas stations without seeing the other points on your map.

To add categories, simply add a new column in your Excel spreadsheet. In the new Category column, assign each location a one or two word categorical description such as “Attraction,” “Lodging,” “Restaurant,” or “Gas.” You’ll elect if and how you want these categories to appear on your map when you start plotting your points.

Link Directions Between Places With This Excel Skill

Another useful column you may wish to add to your Excel spreadsheet are links to the Google Maps directions between your places. However, you don’t want to manually search Google Maps. Instead, make use of Excel’s CONCATENATE and knowledge of Google Maps’ links to come up with a formula like this:

=SUBSTITUTE(CONCATENATE("", B2, " ", C2, " ", D2, " ", E2, " to ",B3, " ", C3, " ", D3, " ", E3), " ", "%20")

As you likely know the order in which you’ll be visiting each location, the formula above creates a direction link from this row’s location to the next row’s location based on the columns you already created. So to work, the road trip locations need to be in a specific order. The last stop is empty because…you will have arrived! Now let’s see how to get this spreadsheet with categories and links into Google Maps.

Visualize the Destinations of Your Road Trip With Google Maps

Now that you’ve determined some of the locations of your road trip and compiled a spreadsheet complete with categories, it’s time to map your road trip with Google Maps, via BatchGeo. BatchGeo uses the Google Maps Geocoding API, known to have some of the highest quality data available. Other services require you to write code or manually geocode addresses one by one, but our service performs everything you need to do in several easy steps:

  1. Open your spreadsheet
  2. Select (Ctrl+A or Cmd+A) and copy (Ctrl+C or Cmd+C) all your data
  3. Open your web browser and navigate to
  4. Click on the location data box with the example data in it, then paste (Ctrl+V or Cmd+V) your own data
  5. Check to make sure you have the proper location data columns available by clicking “Validate and Set Options”
  6. Select the proper location column from each drop-down
  7. Click “Make Map” and watch as the geocoder performs its process

You now have a map of your road trip with Google Maps, like the one below:

View Yellowstone road trip example in a full screen map

Our example road trip map depicts travel from Cheyanne, Wyoming to the destination of Yellowstone National Park (for the geysers, of course!). With two attractions and various restaurants, gas stations, restrooms, and hotels, the map has everything you need when traveling long (or short!) distances. You even have the option to automatically number each stop along the way in a particular order.

We may be biased, but we think BatchGeo is one of the best road trip apps. Plan your own road trip with Google Maps today via BatchGeo, which uses the Google Maps API so that you can create custom maps for free to better visualize your data.

100 Best Rock Climbing Routes in the U.S. Mapped

Rock climbing is a popular sport. Whether a group pursuit with friends or a solitary activity like it is for the free solo climber Alex Hammond, people with varying athletic abilities and goals can participate. As such, different types of rock climbing have developed along with assorted difficulty levels that determine which routes you can climb.

There are also places where multiple of the best rock climbing routes are located, like Rumney, New Hampshire. Climbers who live here have access to top rock climbing routes in their own backyard while others must travel miles to access popular routes in the United States. Speaking of states, there are those like Colorado which contain more top rock climbing routes than others. You can easily determine this and more when you enable Cluster View on the map below.

View Best U.S. Rock Climbing Routes in a full screen map

We mapped‘s 100 best U.S. rock climbing routes. Identified in October 2015 thanks to Facebook users, climbers, Mountain Project’s Top 50 Classics, and route finder tools, the data also contains the difficulty grade or rating of each route. Rock climbing ratings are set by local climbers and can have additional details (such as a + or -). Now let’s take a look at places in the U.S. where multiple of the best rock climbing routes are located.

Locations with Multiple Top Rock Climbing Routes

Chalk it up to these places’ geography. If you visit one of the following locations, you’ll have at least five of the U.S.’s best rock climbing routes at your fingertips.

  • Rumney, New Hampshire
  • Red River Gorge, Kentucky
  • Smith Rock, Oregon
  • Red Rock, Nevada
  • New River Gorge, West Virginia
Photo of White Mountain National Forest by Yefta Albert on Unsplash

Rumney, New Hampshire is a town located at the southern edge of the White Mountain National Forest, the only national forest in New Hampshire or Maine. It’s home to 10 of the U.S.’s best rock climbing routes, the most of any other location in the U.S. Rumney rock climbing routes include Beat Junkie, China Beach, Cold War, Crowd Pleaser, Flying Hawaiian, Junco, Lonesome Dove, Millenium Falcon, Technosurfing, and Waimea. They range in difficulty from one easy route to three elite routes, though most of Rumney’s routes are intermediate.

With eight popular rock climbing routes, Red River Gorge, Kentucky is not far behind Rumney. Red River Gorge rock climbing routes includes Amarillo Sunset, Gettin’ Lucky in Kentucky, God’s Own Stone, Jesus Wept, Mercy, the Huff (one route), The Force, To Defy the Laws of Tradition, and Ultra-Perm, lies within the Daniel Boone National Forest. These climbing routes are either intermediate (two), hard (three), or reserved for an elite few (three).

Both Smith Rock, Oregon and Red Rock, Nevada have six of the country’s best climbing routes. Smith Rock climbing routes are 5 Gallon Buckets, Cry Babies, Dreamin’, Just Do It, Moons of Pluto, and Screaming Yellow Zonkers. Red Rock climbing routes include Big Bad Wolf, Monster Skank, Mr. Choad’s Wild Ride, Sunny and Steep, The Gift, and Under the Boardwalk. Then there’s New River Gorge, West Virginia, the last city to offer five or more routes. The top New River Gorge climbing routes are Legacy, Mrs. Field’s Follies, Narcissus, Porter for Recorder, and Quinsana Plus.

Rumney and New River Gorge are located to the country’s East while Red River Gorge sits in the Midwest. If Smith Rock and Red Rock represent the West Coast of the U.S., what about Mountain West—a subregion of Western U.S.—climbing?

Mountain West’s Top Climbing Location

You already know about the many best rock climbing routes in the East, Midwest, and West Coast. The location in the Mountain West with the most highly-regarded routes is Ten Sleep, Wyoming. While you’ll want to be on the lookout for bears when climbing in Ten Sleep (Wyoming is one of the country’s fatal bear attack hotspots, you’ll have access to four excellent climbing routes like Beer Bong and Circus in the Wind, among others.

Additionally, though the Mountain West’s top climbing location only has four of the U.S.’s best rock climbing routes, it is the overall region with the most routes scattered about. The Mountain West is home to 30 of the 100 best rock climbing routes in the country, while both the West Coast and the Midwest have just 25 and the East has 20. Now, which Mountain West states have the most routes?

States with the Most Top Routes

Looking at the locations of multiple top climbing routes may lead you to think that those states have the most top routes, but that’s not 100% accurate. New Hampshire, Kentucky, Oregon, Nevada, and West Virginia are included in the top ten states with the most top routes, though none are the #1 state with the most top routes.

State # of Routes
Colorado 12
New Hampshire 10
California 9
Kentucky 8
West Virginia 7
Utah 6
South Dakota 6
Oregon 6
Nevada 6
Wyoming 5

Those who live in Colorado have access to the most top rock climbing jaunts: 12 to be exact. Across the country, New Hampshire touts 10 top rock climbing locations, the second most after Colorado. Back on the West Coast, California has nine destinations. Kentucky offers eight and West Virginia has seven of the best rock climbing routes.

Six other states have five or more top places to climb, which you can also easily see on the map when you enable Cluster View.

Use Clustering to View a Representation of Multiple Markers

With 100 of the best U.S. rock climbing routes represented as markers on the map, many of which are located in the same state and even city, it can be difficult to get a good sense of them all. While you can zoom in and out of BatchGeo maps as you please in order to better see the markers that sit atop each other, you may just want easy access to some sort of marker summary. This is what you can see with Cluster View.

Map clustering looks for markers that are near each other and replaces them with one icon that represents multiple markers. These markers, by default, are labeled with the number of markers they contain for a simple way to see just how many markers—in this case, rock climbing routes—are located in one area. As we zoom in further with Cluster View, we begin to get a sense of the states’ number of popular rock climbing routes without manually counting each individual marker.

But the default number of markers they contain is just scratching the surface of Cluster View, because you can also discover the average and sum of your data via Cluster View. Learn more about BatchGeo’s Cluster View with a cluster map markers demo and tutorial or get started with your own map today at