Florida was the number one destination for movers, according to U-Haul data analyzing U.S. migration trends for 2019.
The Sunshine State greeted the largest number of U-Haul moving trucks entering its borders versus exiting them, establishing a new No. 1 growth state for the first time in four years.
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.
Although 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 and states are attracting and maintaining residents.
“Florida has been showing signs of growth for a decade. Central Florida is really booming. I can’t think of any major suburb where there aren’t home developments or new shopping centers being built,” said Miguel Caminos, U-Haul Company of Orlando president.
“There’s an expectation of comfort for people moving here. They know there are jobs. Plus, there are tons of attractions, and our state is family-friendly. The weather is perfect, and no matter where you live, you’re less than an hour from the beach.”
Florida arrivals of one-way U-Haul trucks increased 1% while departures were down 1% compared to the state’s 2018 numbers.
Arrivals accounted for 50.6% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in the state.
Florida boasts five of the top seven growth cities and seven of the top 25. Texas claims four cities on the list, while California has three.
Kissimmee, Ocala, West Palm Beach, Port Saint Lucie, and the Bradenton-Sarasota corridor lead Florida’s gains.
Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Pensacola, Miami, and St. Petersburg are among the other notable cities to see a net increase of U-Haul trucks.