Florida is the No. 2 growth state for the second year in a row and a top-three growth state for the seventh consecutive year, according to the U-Haul® Growth Index analyzing customer moves during 2022.
People arriving in Florida in one-way U-Haul trucks dropped 10% from 2021, but departures fell nearly 11% as overall moving traffic slowed.
Do-it-yourself movers arriving in the Sunshine State accounted for 50.7% of all one-way U-Haul truck traffic in and out of Florida (49.3% departures) to keep it a top-two growth state.
“You’re going to have a better employment rate in Florida than anywhere in the U.S.,” stated Brady Rome, U-Haul Company of Gainesville president. “There are plenty of job opportunities, and both businesses and residents find the tax benefits here very attractive.
“When you have warm weather, beaches and amusement parks, there is a lot of tourism. We see an influx of people every year from tourism. Many visitors choose to move here permanently.”
The U-Haul Growth Index is compiled according to the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks arriving in a city or state, versus departing from that city or state, in a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck transactions that occur annually across the U.S. and Canada.
Texas is the No. 1 growth state for the fifth time since 2016. South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia round out the top five growth states. California ranks 50th and Illinois 49th for the third year in a row, indicating those states saw the largest net losses of one-way U-Haul trucks.
Florida’s leading growth markets include Ocala, Palm Bay-Melbourne, North Port, Lakeland, Panama City, Daytona Beach, Miami and Fort Myers-North Fort Myers. Other notable net-gain cities are Davenport, St. Augustine, Sarasota-Bradenton, Davenport and Kissimmee-St. Cloud.
While U-Haul migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, the U-Haul Growth Index is an effective gauge of how well states and cities are both attracting and maintaining residents. Visit myuhaulstory.com to view the additional growth state releases and national releases from the U-Haul Growth Index.
2022 U-Haul Growth States
|3.||SOUTH CAROLINA (4)|
|4.||NORTH CAROLINA (19)|
|19.||NEW MEXICO (10)|
|25.||WEST VIRGINIA (26)|
|31.||SOUTH DAKOTA (11)|
|36.||WASHINGTON D.C.* (35)|
|37.||NORTH DAKOTA (33)|
|38.||NEW HAMPSHIRE (25)|
|40.||RHODE ISLAND (32)|
|45.||NEW JERSEY (36)|
|46.||NEW YORK (45)|
2021 growth rankings in parentheses
* Washington, D.C. is its own U-Haul market and is listed among growth states for migration trends purposes. Hawaii is omitted since state-to-state U-Haul truck moves do not occur.
U-Haul is the authority on migration trends thanks to its expansive network that blankets all 10 provinces and 50 states. The geographical coverage from 23,000 U-Haul truck- and trailer-sharing locations provides a broad overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry.
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