Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of U-Haul Moving Season, with roughly 45 percent of all moves occurring now through Labor Day as families switch addresses in droves.
With a change in scenery on the horizon for so many, U-Haul today announced the Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities for the past calendar year.
Houston maintained the top spot in the rankings for the seventh consecutive year, receiving more one-way U-Haul truck rentals in 2015 than any other destination. Chicago, Orlando, Austin and San Antonio followed as Texas secured three of the top five destinations. Orlando climbed a pair of spots and Austin jumped three positions from their 2014 rankings, respectively.
Las Vegas, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Kansas City and Phoenix rounded out the top 10.
“Houston continues to be an extremely busy location for U-Haul equipment entering and leaving the city, especially during the summer months as families plan their moves with the kids out of school,” said Matt Merrill, U-Haul Company of West Houston president. “U-Haul is expanding and working hard to meet demand here. We now have four marketing company offices serving the Greater Houston area.”
U-Haul Destination Cities reflect the top drop-off locations for one-way U-Haul truck rentals and do not account for outgoing traffic from those cities. Every city is considered, regardless of size. Data is not stated as a percentage of population and is not necessarily reflective of growth.
The U-Haul migration trends report was compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck transactions that occurred during 2015.
“Our migration data offers a comprehensive assessment of where people are traveling, because our growing network of 20,000-plus locations across the U.S. and Canada is unmatched in the do-it-yourself moving industry,” U-Haul International, Inc. President John (J.T.) Taylor said.
U-Haul released its top U.S. Growth Cities and Growth States earlier this year. Concord, Calif., was named the No. 1 Growth City while North Carolina netted the No. 1 Growth State. Visit myuhaulstory.com for all of the individual Growth City releases and stay informed on the latest migration trends and U-Haul news in your community.
The remainder of the U-Haul Top 50 Destination Cities for 2015 includes: 11. Sacramento 12. Jacksonville 13. San Diego 14. Charlotte 15. Columbus, OH 16. Tampa 17. Dallas 18. Indianapolis 19. Bronx 20. Tucson 21. St. Louis 22. Los Angeles 23. Atlanta 24. Fort Worth 25. Miami, FL 26. Washington, D.C. 27. Baltimore 28. Columbia, SC 29. Portland 30. San Francisco 31. Colorado Springs 32. Cincinnati 33. Nashville 34. Plano 35. Knoxville 36. Reno 37. Manhattan 38. Raleigh 39. Louisville 40. Denver 41. Seattle 42. Richmond 43. San Jose 44. Oklahoma City 45. Madison, WI 46. Tulsa 47. Tacoma 48. Salt Lake City 49. Fayetteville, NC 50. Bakersfield, CA.
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