U-Haul names California as No. 50 Growth State for 2017

TEMECULA – California was the No. 50 Growth State for 2017, according to U-Haul data analyzing the past year’s U.S. migration trends.

Year-over-year arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals increased by 4 percent while departures increased by 5 percent from California’s 2016 numbers.

Arriving trucks accounted for 49.6 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in 2017 in California. By comparison, 50.6 percent of one-way U-Haul truck rentals were arrivals in 2015 when California ranked No. 5 among growth states and 49.8 percent were arrivals in 2016 when it was ranked No. 49.

Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus trucks leaving a state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.

Texas was the No. 1 Growth State for the second year in a row. Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee rounded out the top five, and North Carolina ranked seventh, continuing a strong growth movement in the southeast.

View the entire 2017 U-Haul Growth States rankings, plus other migration trends reports including the top U.S. Growth Cities, at www.myuhaulstory.com.

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.

Four California cities ranked among the nation’s top 25 for more arrivals than departures of one-way U-Haul trucks: Sacramento at No. 6; Redding at No. 13; San Francisco at No. 17 and Murrieta at No. 23. Also of note, Davis, Oceanside, Huntington Beach and Concord posted strong net gains. Los Angeles and Bakersfield were net-gain cities in 2017 after witnessing significantly more departures than arrivals in 2016. Find U-Haul stores and neighborhood dealers in California at www.uhaul.com/locations.

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 21,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 now offers customers access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day through the self-service options on their internet-connected mobile devices. U-Haul customers’ patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to more than 150,000 trucks, 112,000 trailers and 40,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 581,000 rooms and more than 51 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry and is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S.

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