U-Haul Destination City No. 10: Charlotte Appeals to Families, Businesses

May 13, 2019

North Carolina hot spot had the 10th highest inflow of moving trucks in 2018

Charlotte is the No. 10 U.S. Destination City according to the latest U-Haul migration trends report, sliding one spot from its ranking on last year’s list.

Charlotte saw a 16% year-over-year increase in one-way U-Haul truck arrivals in 2018 to remain one of the top 10 busiest cities for incoming traffic among do-it-yourself movers.

“Everybody is moving to Charlotte,” stated Kay Church, U-Haul Company of Charlotte president. “We see a lot more people coming in than moving out. Apartments are being built all over downtown. The city is just growing. We see families coming in. A lot of people are moving from Florida. We’re experiencing good business growth, too. Amazon is huge – they have a new building going up.”

U-Haul has eight Company-owned stores and 30 independent neighborhood dealers currently operating in the Charlotte city limits. Find U-Haul truck and trailer sharing locations in Charlotte at uhaul.com/locations.

Moving Season in Charlotte

Today marks the beginning of U-Haul counting down its top 10 U.S. Destination Cities as a prelude to Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer moving season. About 45% of all moves each year occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The No. 1 U.S. Destination City will be announced May 24 on Twitter @uhaul.

View U.S. Destination Cities 10-50 below. Other North Carolina cities to make the list include Raleigh (31) and Fayetteville (44), which is home to Fort Bragg.

“I like the country aspect of North Carolina, and I believe others feel the same way,” Church continued. “It’s just country living, Southern people and Southern hospitality. That’s what I enjoy.”

Rankings are based by 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 city, but do not account for departing one-way U-Haul trucks, and thus do not necessarily reflect growth like U-Haul Growth Cities and Growth States rankings do.

U-Haul released its complete Growth States rankings; its top 25 U.S. Growth Cities; and its top 25 Canadian Growth Cities for 2018 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 2 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.

2018 U-Haul Destination Cities

* Nos. 1-9 TBA May 14-24. Previous year rankings in parentheses.

10. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (9)

11. TAMPA, Fla. (11)

12. COLUMBUS, Ohio (10)

13. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (14)

14. SAN DIEGO, Calif. (12)

15. LOS ANGELES, Calif. (18)

16. DALLAS, Texas (16)

17. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (17)

18. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (15)

19. TUCSON, Ariz. (19)

20. ATLANTA, Ga. (20)

21. MIAMI, Fla. (21)

22. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (27)

23. BRONX, N.Y. (23)

24. SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (22)

25. FORT WORTH, Texas (25)

26. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (28)

27. RICHMOND, Va. (41)

28. ST. LOUIS, Mo. (NR)

29. PORTLAND, Ore. (26)

30. WASHINGTON, D.C. (24)

31. RALEIGH, N.C. (32)

32. DENVER, Colo. (33)

33. CINCINNATI, Ohio (29)

34. PLANO, Texas (31)

35. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NR)

36. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (34)

37. OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (NR)

38. OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (36)

39. PITTSBURGH, Pa. (37)

40. COLUMBIA, S.C. (35)

41. BALTIMORE, Md. (30)

42. SAN JOSE, Calif. (42)

43. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (38)

44. FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (NR)

45. TULSA, Okla. (50)

46. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (43)

47. RENO, Nev. (39)

48. SEATTLE, Wash. (40)

49. MEMPHIS, Tenn. (49)

50. FRESNO, Calif. (48)

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