Texas Still No.1 destination for those moving within U.S

As Texas continues to reign as America's No. 1 growth state, 2017 proved to be a big year for those making the move to the Lone Star State.

According to U-Haul, year-over-year arrivals of one-way trucks in Texas rose 1% in the last year while departures grew 3% compared to 2016. Despite a larger year-over-year increase in departures, arriving trucks still accounted for 50.3 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Texas, allowing it to maintain its status as the top net-gain state.

In order to conduct this annual study, U-Haul calculates the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state in a calendar year. Data is then compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way annual U-Haul truck rentals. While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents.

“We say that everything is bigger in Texas, and you’ve heard the slogan ‘Texas Strong’ during the (Hurricane Harvey) recovery. We’re not waiting for anyone to come with handouts. Everybody is helping everybody. We know that it happened and we know what we went through. But you wouldn’t be able to go through today and see that a hurricane hit. The recovery has been handled well. All throughout Texas growth is occurring, especially in the Houston Metro region. Daikin just relocated all of its corporate offices here. Amazon built a massive distribution center and is in process of building a second one right now. BP just finished a massive construction project, and plenty of other companies are moving here because the cost of living is relatively low compared to other metros. And the growth continues because of our airport – you can fly anywhere in world out of Houston, on any airline.” — Matt Merrill, U-Haul Company of West Houston president

U-Haul Growth State Rankins for 2017

  1. Texas
  2. Florida
  3. Arkansas
  4. South Carolina
  5. Tennessee
  6. Washington
  7. North Carolina
  8. Connecticut
  9. Colorado
  10. Vermont

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