2020 Migration Trends: ARIZONA is the U-Haul No. 5 Growth State

Jan 4, 2021

Arizona is the No. 5 growth state in America, according to U-Haul® data analyzing migration patterns from 2020.

Tennessee edges Texas, the leading growth state from 2016-18, and Florida, the No. 1 growth state for 2019, for top honors on the new U-Haul chart. Ohio and Arizona round out the top five states for growth.

Arizona, home to U-Haul headquarters since 1967, jumps 15 spots from its No. 20 ranking on the 2019 growth list.

Growth states are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck-sharing transactions that occur annually.

Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina and Georgia complete the top 10 growth states, amplifying a 2020 stronghold for the Southeast and Southwest regions in attracting do-it-yourself movers.

California slides one position to 50th as the state with the steepest out-migration – or the largest net loss of U-Haul trucks crossing its border. New York ranks 42nd. Illinois is 49th.

Arizona Growth Data

People coming to Arizona in one-way U-Haul trucks increased 5% during the past year, while departures rose about 3% from 2019. Arrivals accounted for 50.3% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Arizona during 2020 to make it the No. 5 state for netting DIY movers.

Arizona’s leading growth cities are Surprise, Goodyear, Tempe, the Prescott/Prescott Valley corridor, Queen Creek, Pinetop-Lakeside and Buckeye. Other notable net-gain cities include Payson, Page, Marana and Sierra Vista.

While U-Haul migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, the Company’s growth data is an effective gauge of how well cities are attracting and maintaining residents.

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 22,000 U-Haul truck- and trailer-sharing locations provides a comprehensive overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry. Find local U-Haul stores and neighborhood dealers at uhaul.com/locations.

As an essential service provider, U-Haul has remained open throughout the COVID-19 outbreak while offering contactless programs and enhanced cleaning protocols, including added steps for sanitizing equipment between customer transactions. U-Haul products are used daily by First Responders; delivery companies bringing needed supplies to people’s homes; small businesses trying to remain afloat; college students; and countless other dependent groups, in addition to the household mover. Visit uhaul.com/announcement for more information on how U-Haul keeps its customers and Team Members safe.

What They’re Saying About Arizona

“Swarms of people are moving into Arizona from California. The prices in Arizona are reasonable for the average working man. Many people who struggled in California are jumping at the chance for affordable housing. Arizona provides opportunity for growth. There are many self-employed small business owners in this state. To compete with the moving demand, we have a new South Surprise facility that is a ground-up build. And we have signed a good number of new neighborhood dealer locations to meet public demand for U-Haul services.” Jesse Ashdown, U-Haul Company of Northwest Phoenix president

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