Ocala is the top growth city in America based on the net gain of one-way U-Haul® trucks during the past year, and four Florida destinations are among the top 25 on the annual U-Haul Growth Index.
It is the third consecutive year that a Florida city has topped the U-Haul growth rankings. The Kissimmee-St. Cloud corridor earned that honor in 2021. North Port was No. 1 for 2020.
U-Haul transactional data reveals Ocala saw a 6% year-over-year increase in arrivals and only a 1% increase in departures. Do-it-yourself movers arriving in Ocala accounted for more than 53% of all one-way U-Haul truck traffic in and out of the market (47% departures).
The Sacramento-Roseville (Calif.) market and Madison (Wis.) rank second and third on the 2022 growth cities list, respectively. Both have held the No. 1 ranking in recent years.
Rounding out the top 10 growth cities are Palm Bay-Melbourne (Fla.); Auburn-Opelika (Ala.); North Port, (Fla.); Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach (S.C.); Surprise (Ariz.); Huntsville (Ala.); and Charleston-North Charleston (S.C.).
St. Louis, Raleigh-Durham and Nashville are among some of the more notable growth markets to also crack the top 25.
“Florida had a number of top growth cities, Ocala being No. 1,” stated Ed Hatcher, U-Haul Area District Vice President who oversees Company operations across northern Florida. “A lot of that has to do with the small-town feel and everything being extremely close for people to get to.”
Hatcher added the Ocala market may receive U-Haul trucks from people moving to neighboring communities like The Villages, Leesburg, and Orlando suburbs such as Clermont, which reflects positively for the entire area.
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.
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 cities and states are attracting and maintaining residents. Visit myuhaulstory.com to view the U-Haul top 50 growth state rankings of 2022 and find individual press releases for the top 10 growth states.
2022 U-Haul Growth Cities
|1.||OCALA, FL (24)|
|2.||SACRAMENTO-ROSEVILLE, CA (8)|
|3.||MADISON, WI (5)|
|4.||PALM BAY-MELBOURNE, FL (3)|
|5.||AUBURN-OPELIKA, AL (23)|
|6.||NORTH PORT, FL (4)|
|7.||MYRTLE BEACH-NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (17)|
|8.||SURPRISE, AZ (18)|
|10.||CHARLESTON-NORTH CHARLESTON, SC|
|11.||ST. LOUIS, MO|
|13.||MISSOURI CITY, TX|
|14.||RALEIGH-DURHAM, NC (2)|
|15.||RICHARDSON, TX (22)|
|16.||FORT COLLINS, CO|
|20.||WEST CHESTER, OH|
|25.||SANDY SPRINGS, GA|
2021 growth rankings in parentheses, if ranked
PLUS FIVE more notable cities that just missed the cut, but posted big growth numbers in 2022:
|San Diego, CA|
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