U-Haul Canadian Destination City No. 6: London Enticing More Residents

Jun 21, 2019

London is the No. 6 Canadian Destination City according to the latest U-Haul® migration trends report, sliding one spot from its ranking on last year’s list.

London saw a 3% year-over-year increase in one-way U-Haul truck arrivals in 2018 to stay one of the busiest cities for incoming traffic among do-it-yourself movers.

“London is the hub of southwestern Ontario,” said David Anstett, U-Haul Company of Western Ontario president. “Western University is a prestigious school that has consistently brought young and highly skilled entrepreneurs to London. Students fall in love with London and make it their permanent home.”

U-Haul has two Company-owned stores and 29 independent dealers currently operating in the London city limits. Find U-Haul truck and trailer sharing locations in London at uhaul.com/locations.

Moving Season in London

U-Haul is counting down its top 10 Canadian Destination Cities leading up to “Moving Day” on July 1, one of the busiest dates for residential moves in Canada, and specifically Quebec. The No. 1 destination will be announced June 28 on Twitter @uhaul. View Canadian Destination Cities 6-50 below.

“Despite the tremendous growth in London, beautiful woodlands still surround the city,” Anstett added. “It doesn’t feel like a huge city and there’s no unattractive urban sprawl. London is a close-knit community. The city offers residents the entertainment, culture and culinary scene of a large metropolis, without the overcrowded streets.” 

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 rankings do.

U-Haul released 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.U

2018 U-Haul Canadian Destination Cities

* Nos. 1-5 TBA June 24-28. Previous year rankings in parentheses.

6. LONDON, ON (5)

7. VANCOUVER, BC (10)

8. KITCHENER, ON (9)

9. HAMILTON, ON (7)

10. VICTORIA, BC (8)

11. MISSISSAUGA, ON (12)

12. BRAMPTON, ON (11)

13. QUEBEC CITY, QC (13)

14. WINDSOR, ON (15)

15. KINGSTON, ON (16)

16. KELOWNA, BC (19)

17. SCARBOROUGH, ON (14)

18. SURREY, BC (20)

19. BARRIE, ON (17)

20. OSHAWA, ON (18)

21. ST. CATHARINES, ON (23)

22. GUELPH, ON (21)

23. DARTMOUTH, NS (32)

24. BURLINGTON, ON (24)

25. WINNIPEG, MB (22)

26. GATINEAU, QC (26)

27. MONCTON, NB (31)

28. SASKATOON, SK (28)

29. PETERBOROUGH, ON (27)

30. KAMLOOPS, BC (39)

31. NANAIMO, BC (35)

32. LETHBRIDGE, AB (34)

33. BRANTFORD, ON (30)

34. ABBOTSFORD, BC (33)

35. CAMBRIDGE, ON (29)

36. ETOBICOKE, ON (25)

37. NIAGARA FALLS, ON (40)

38. SHERBROOKE, QC (37)

39. RED DEER, AB (47)

40. REGINA, SK (38)

41. BELLEVILLE, ON (41)

42. SUDBURY, ON (42)

43. PORT MOODY, BC (NR)

44. NEWMARKET, ON (49)

45. HALIFAX, NS (NR)

46. MILTON, ON (50)

47. GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB (36)

48. FREDERICTON, NB (NR)

49. SARNIA, ON (46)

50. AIRDRIE, AB (NR)

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