Arkansas was the No. 3 Growth State for 2017, according to U-Haul data analyzing the past year’s U.S. migration trends.
Year-over-year arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals held steady while departures dropped by 1 percent from Arkansas’s 2016 numbers.
Arriving trucks accounted for 50.9 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Arkansas to maintain its status a top-10 growth state. Arkansas secured the No. 10 growth ranking for 2016 and the No. 8 ranking for 2015.
Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.
Texas was the No. 1 Growth State for the second year in a row. Florida ranked second, South Carolina fourth, Tennessee fifth and North Carolina seventh, continuing a strong growth movement in the Southeast. California overtook Illinois on the list as the biggest net-loss state.
While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents.
Benton and Conway paced Arkansas’s net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks. Bentonville, Centerton, Fayetteville and Hot Springs Village were among other notable cities to record strong net gains. Find U-Haul stores and neighborhood dealers in Arkansas at uhaul.com/locations.
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.
What They’re Saying about Arkansas
“Arkansas has been steadily growing for the last five years. Little Rock and North Little Rock are battling for residents. The Arkansas River splits the two cities and there is a movement to revamp neighborhoods in order to get people to move to either side. There are a lot of high-rises being converted into living spaces, and the River Market District is booming.” — Andrew Hicks, U-Haul Company of Arkansas president
“I’ve seen growth across the state, but specifically in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers area. Between 2013 and 2017, there were reports that 25 people a day were moving into this market. The Walmart home office is in Bentonville and there are reports that they are building a new, modern home here. …I’m not surprised by the ranking. I’ve watched the growth firsthand over my 36-year career with U-Haul. Arkansas has so much to offer and we have people coming from all over the world to live here. It’s a diverse place to call home.” — Jim Smith, U-Haul Company of Tulsa president (serving NW Arkansas)
U-Haul Growth State Rankings for 2017
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- New Mexico
- South Dakota
- Washington D.C.
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- New York
- New Jersey
* Washington, D.C. is its own U-Haul territory and is listed among states for migration purposes. Hawaii is not included since state-to-state truck rentals are not applicable.