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Texas and Florida Top U.S. Destinations for One-Way U-Haul Trailer Rentals in 2023

Jan. 7, 2024
It was the third consecutive year that Texas was the top destination for one-way trailer rentals, according to the U-Haul Growth Index.

More people moved to Texas via U-Haul one-way trailer rental than any other state in 2023. It was the third consecutive year that Texas was the top destination for one-way trailer rentals, according to the U-Haul Growth Index. Florida ranked second behind Texas among growth states for the third consecutive year, followed by North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. U-Haul ranks growth states each year based on more than 2.5 million one-way customer transactions.

IdahoWashingtonArizonaColorado and Virginia rounded out the top 10 states for growth.

 

 

 

For the fourth year in a row, California reflected the largest net loss of one-way movers. Other bottom-five states on the growth index were Michigan, New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts. New York ranked No. 43.

 

U-Haul calculates growth states by each state's net gain (or loss) of one-way equipment from customer transactions in a calendar year. The U-Haul Growth Index is compiled from more than 2.5 million one-way U-Haul truck, trailer and U-Box moving container transactions that occur annually across the U.S. and Canada.

 

"While one-way transactions in 2023 remained below the record-breaking levels we witnessed immediately following the pandemic, we continued to see many of the same geographical trends from U-Haul customers moving between states," said John "J.T." Taylor, U-Haul International president. "Migration to states in the Southeast and Southwest is still very pronounced. Demand for one-way equipment out of certain markets in the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast mirrors what we have seen during recent moving cycles."

 

Texas is the No. 1 growth state for the sixth time in eight years (2016-18 and 2021-23) and has ranked no lower than second on the U-Haul Growth Index throughout that stretch. DIY movers arriving in Texas accounted for 50.4 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in and out of Texas (49.6 percent departures) to keep it the leading growth state.

 

Florida remains equally appealing to new residents, netting almost as many one-way U-Haul customers as Texas in 2023. The Sunshine State has been a top-four growth state for nine years in a row. Florida topped the U-Haul Growth Index in 2019.

 

The biggest climbers year-over-year in the U-Haul growth rankings are Arkansas (+26 spots), Wyoming (+19), Vermont (+18), Washington (+16), Delaware (+12) and South Dakota (+12). The biggest fallers year over year are Oregon (-15 spots), Connecticut (-14), Pennsylvania (-14), Ohio (-14), Missouri (-13) and Indiana (-13).

 

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 states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents. U-Haul is an authority on migration trends thanks to its expansive network that blankets all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The geographical coverage from 23,000 U-Haul truck- and trailer-sharing locations provides a broad overview of where people are moving. Find a U-Haul location at uhaul.com/locations.

2023 U-Haul Growth States

1.

TEXAS (1)

2.

FLORIDA (2)

3.

NORTH CAROLINA (4)

4.

SOUTH CAROLINA (3)

5.

TENNESSEE (6)

6.

IDAHO (10)

7.

WASHINGTON (23)

8.

ARIZONA (7)

9.

COLORADO (11)

10.

VIRGINIA (5)

11.

NEVADA (13)

12.

VERMONT (30)

13.

UTAH (12)

14.

WYOMING (33)

15.

DELAWARE (27)

16.

NEW MEXICO (19)

17.

ARKANSAS (43)

18.

GEORGIA (8)

19.

SOUTH DAKOTA (31)

20.

MINNESOTA (17)

21.

MONTANA (18)

22.

ALABAMA (20)

23.

OHIO (9)

24.

IOWA (21)

25.

HAWAII (--)

26.

WISCONSIN (16)

27.

INDIANA (14)

28.

MISSOURI (15)

29.

KENTUCKY (26)

30.

WEST VIRGINIA (25)

31.

MAINE (29)

32.

NORTH DAKOTA (37)

33.

KANSAS (39)

34.

ALASKA (41)

35.

NEBRASKA (32)

36.

RHODE ISLAND (40)

37.

OREGON (22)

38.

PENNSYLVANIA (24)

39.

MISSISSIPPI (34)

40.

NEW HAMPSHIRE (38)

41.

OKLAHOMA (42)

42.

CONNECTICUT (28)

43.

NEW YORK (46)

44.

MARYLAND (44)

45.

LOUISIANA (35)

46.

MICHIGAN (48)

47.

NEW JERSEY (45)

48.

ILLINOIS (49)

49.

MASSACHUSETTS (47)

50.

CALIFORNIA (50)

2022 growth rankings in parentheses