Kitchener secures the No. 9 spot on the leading U-Haul Canadian Destination Cities list for 2016, according to the latest U-Haul migration trends report.
Kitchener rose one spot from its 2015 ranking among the busiest Canadian cities for incoming U-Haul trucks. Arrivals were up a considerable 12.2 percent year-over-year.
U-Haul Destination Cities are ranked according to the total number of arriving one-way U-Haul truck rentals to a city in the past calendar year. Destination Cities do not account for departing traffic and thus do not necessarily reflect growth like U-Haul Growth Cities. Destination Cities reflect the volume and regularity of do-it-yourself movers coming into a community.
“Here in Kitchener, our welcoming spirit and thriving economy make us a very attractive destination,” Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic stated. “Our community offers a unique blend of heritage and high-tech. It’s a place you can find big-city amenities combined with small-town friendliness. The jump in one-way trips to Kitchener lets us know that the word is out about Kitchener and Waterloo Region’s enviable quality of life.”
U-Haul has two Company-owned stores and nine independent dealers within the city limits. It also offers many more locations to fulfill the needs of suburbs outside Kitchener. Find U-Haul truck and trailer sharing locations in Kitchener at uhaul.com/locations.
“Kitchener is my hometown. I’m proud to see it making its way up the list,” said David Anstett, U-Haul Company of Western Ontario president. “We are a tight-knit community with a strong German connection. Kitchener is a wonderful place to raise children. It’s close to the jobs and excitement of Toronto. We are also a major player in the technology industry thanks to our cutting-edge universities.”
U-Haul is the authority on migration trends thanks to its expansive network that blankets all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The geographical coverage from more than 21,000 U-Haul locations provides a comprehensive overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry. Migration trends data comes from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.
Follow the Top 10 Canadian Destination Cities countdown through June 30 on Twitter @uhaul. View all migration trends reports, including the U-Haul 2016 Canadian Growth Cities release, at myuhaulstory.com.
What They are Saying about Kitchener
“Kitchener has become the middle point for commuters. We also have affordable housing and new apartments and constantly popping up to accommodate all the students. When I started at this location in 2005, our U-Haul center was surrounded by farmland. Now there is a new rail system, shopping malls and residences galore.” — Sherry Grundstrom, GM, U-Haul Moving & Storage of Waterloo
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