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Winter Texan Definition
A “Winter Texan” is someone from the U.S. Northeast, U.S. Midwest, Pacific Northwest, or Canada who spends a large portion of winter in Texas.
Winter Texans are typically retirees, and business owners who have a second home in Texas or whose business can be easily moved from place to place, such as flea market and swap meet vendors. Some “Winter Texans carry their homes with them, as campers (mounted on bus or truck frames). In the past Winter Texans were frequently wealthy persons with independent incomes who maintained several seasonal residences and shifted residence with the seasons to avail themselves of the best time to be at each location; this custom has declined considerably due to changing patterns of taxation and the relative ease of long-distance travel compared with earlier times.
Many of these Winter Texans also use their vacation time to declare permanent residency in low- or no-tax income tax states (where the tax bases are augmented by high tourism taxes), and claim lower non-resident income taxes in their home states. Canadian Winter Texans usually make sure they retain residency in Canada in order to retain health benefits. The right to vote for local office is governed by local law, so it may be possible to vote for local offices in both places if the locality permits nonresident voting based on property ownership, but representation in the United States federal Congress is for residents as enumerated by the decennial census and voting in U.S. federal elections in more than one jurisdiction is deemed to be electoral fraud.
A significant portion of the Winter Texan community is made up of recreational vehicle users (RVers). Many own a motorhome for the sole purpose of traveling south in the winter. Often they go to the same location every year and consider the other RVers that do the same a “second family”. Many RV parks have deemed themselves “Winter Texan friendly” and get the majority of their income from the influx of RVing Winter Texans. While historically Florida has been the number one RV location, South Texas is experiencing a boom from Winter Texans enjoying the southern climate “without the hurricane threat”