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U-Haul Study: More People Moved to Texas in 2021 Than Any Other State

Written by Bethany Blankley, The Center Square
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More U-Haul customers booked one-way rental trucks to Texas than any other state in 2021, supporting an ongoing trend that Texas remains the destination of choice for Americans relocating nationwide.

Overall moving traffic across Texas increased in 2021. Arrivals comprised 50.2% of all one-way U-Haul traffic last year in Texas, the U-Haul’s analysis of national migration trends found.


According to transactional data compiled for the national moving company’s annual Growth Index, Texas narrowly edged out Florida last year as the primary one-way destination for self-movers in 2021. Behind Florida, Tennessee ranked third, South Carolina fourth and Arizona fifth.


Indiana, Colorado, Maine, Idaho and New Mexico rounded out the top 10 moving destination states of 2021, with customers renting U-Haul trucks one-way, primarily heading to the Southeast, Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions.


The most one-way U-Haul customers left California last year, followed by residents leaving Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Alabama, the report found.


“We see a lot of growth coming from the East and West Coast,” said Matt Merrill, U-Haul area district vice president of the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex and West Texas. “A lot of people moving here from California [and] New York. We also see a lot of people coming in from the Chicago markets. I think that’s a lot due to the job growth---a lot of opportunity here. The cost of living here is much lower than those areas. Texas is open for business.”


Growth states are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state in a calendar year, U-Haul reports. Its migration trends data is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck customer transactions from more than 23,000 U-Haul truck- and trailer-sharing locations.


Texas previously held U-Haul’s top moving destination spot in 2016, 2017 and 2018. It ranked second to...

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