2020 Migration Trends: NEVADA is the U-Haul No. 8 Growth State

Jan 4, 2021

Nevada is the No. 8 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.

Nevada moves up 16 spots from its No. 24 growth ranking in 2019.

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, 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.

Nevada Growth Data

People coming to Nevada in one-way U-Haul trucks increased by 2% during the past year, while departures held steady compared to 2019. Arrivals accounted for more than 50.3% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Nevada during 2020 to make it the No. 8 state for netting DIY movers.

Nevada’s leading growth cities are Elko, Mesquite, Sparks, Henderson and Fernley. Pahrump, Sun Valley, Reno, Carson City and North Las Vegas are break-even markets.

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.

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What They’re Saying About Nevada

“Las Vegas is our big destination, and the gaming industry remains largely on hold. Casino workers are out of jobs and the city is at 25% capacity. However, the cost of living in Nevada is nice and there is no state income tax. We do see a lot of people moving from California. I think many people are moving here in the hopes that things will turn around (in 2021). Northern Nevada is seeing a huge influx of migration from California because we’re their closest neighbor,” added Chris Piedra, U-Haul Company of Northern Nevada president. “Silicon Valley companies are coming here because of the friendly corporate environment. The housing market is strong. People are selling their 1,200-square-foot California homes and moving into 4,000-square-foot Nevada homes for half the price. I also think there’s some in-state migration from Las Vegas. Northern Nevada industries aren’t as reliant on entertainment and gaming, so there’s still job growth here.” Steven Deutsch, U-Haul Company of Las Vegas West president

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