Migration Trends: Chicago is No. 2 U-Haul Destination City

May 24, 2018

Chicago is the No. 2 U.S. Destination City according to the latest U-Haul migration trends report, maintaining its ranking on last year’s list.

The Windy City saw an 11 percent year-over-year increase in one-way U-Haul truck arrivals in 2017 to remain one of the two busiest cities for incoming traffic among do-it-yourself movers.

“Chicago is a walkable city with access to some of the best food in the country,” stated Rick Rottweiler, U-Haul Company of North Shore Chicago president. “It’s truly a destination, and the people lucky enough to live here love their city. Our neighborhoods are charming and there are giant green spaces throughout the city.

“People moving here are looking for an exciting city with family-friendly fun. We have some of the largest festivals in the U.S., and our beaches go for miles. With all of the buildings being refurbished downtown, the city is growing again. U-Haul is eager to make it easy for do-it-yourself movers to transition to Chicago.”

U-Haul has 17 Company-owned stores and 89 independent neighborhood dealers currently operating in the Chicago city limits. Find U-Haul truck and trailer sharing locations in Chicago at uhaul.com/locations.

Moving Season in Chicago

U-Haul International, headquartered in Phoenix, is counting down its top 10 U.S. Destination Cities as a prelude to Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of the summer moving season. About 45 percent of all moves each year occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The No. 1 Destination City will be announced on May 25 via Twitter @uhaul and on myuhaulstory.com.

The rest of the top 10 Destination Cities are: Columbus (10); Charlotte (9); Philadelphia (8); Austin (7); Las Vegas (6); San Antonio (5); Brooklyn (4); and Orlando (3). View Destination Cities 11-50 below. No other Illinois locales made the top 50 list based on their incoming traffic in 2017.

Rankings are based on the total number of arriving one-way U-Haul trucks into a city in the past calendar year. Destination Cities reflect the volume and regularity of do-it-yourself movers coming into a community. They do not account for departing one-way U-Haul trucks, and thus do not necessarily signify growth like U-Haul Growth Cities and Growth States rankings.

U-Haul released its top 25 U.S. Growth Cities and its complete Growth States rankings for 2017 in January.

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 is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.

U-Haul Destination Cities

2. CHICAGO, Ill.

3. ORLANDO, Fla.

4. BROOKLYN, N.Y.

5. SAN ANTONIO, Texas

6. LAS VEGAS, Nevada

7. AUSTIN, Texas

8. PHILADELPHIA, Pa.

9. CHARLOTTE, N.C.

10. COLUMBUS, Ohio

11. TAMPA, Fla.

12. SAN DIEGO, Calif.

13. PHOENIX, Ariz.

14. JACKSONVILLE, Fla.

15. SACRAMENTO, Calif.

16. DALLAS, Texas

17. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.

18. LOS ANGELES, Calif.

19. TUCSON, Ariz.

20. ATLANTA, Ga.

21. MIAMI, Fla.

22. SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.

23. BRONX, N.Y.

24. WASHINGTON, D.C.

25. FORT WORTH, Texas

26. PORTLAND, Ore.

27. NASHVILLE, Tenn.

28. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.

29. CINCINNATI, Ohio

30. BALTIMORE, Md.

31. PLANO, Texas

32. RALEIGH, N.C.

33. DENVER, Colo.

34. KNOXVILLE, Tenn.

35. COLUMBIA, S.C.

36. OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.

37. PITTSBURGH, Pa.

38. LOUISVILLE, Ky.

39. RENO, Nevada

40. SEATTLE, Wash.

41. RICHMOND, Va.

42. SAN JOSE, Calif.

43. BAKERSFIELD, Calif.

44. DURHAM, N.C.

45. MADISON, Wis.

46. JERSEY CITY, N.J.

47. ALEXANDRIA, Va.

48. FRESNO, Calif.

49. MEMPHIS, Tenn.

50. TULSA, Okla.

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