January 08, 2023

AZ Business Magazine

Arizona ranks No. 7 among top growth states

TexasFlorida and the Carolinas were the preferred destinations of one-way U-Haul truck customers during 2022, ranking as the top growth states on the annual U-Haul Growth Index. Arizona ranks No. 7 among growth states, down from No. 5 among growth states a year earlier.

U-Haul transactional data confirms that migration to the Southeast and Southwest U.S. – trends that were amplified and accelerated during the pandemic – continued through last year, although overall DIY moves slowed slightly in most states from the record-breaking number of moves in 2021.

Demand for equipment out of CaliforniaIllinois and New York remained strong in 2022, as more people opted to leave areas of the West Coast, Northeast and Midwest. California and Illinois ranked 50th and 49th, respectively, on the U-Haul Growth Index for the third consecutive year, meaning those states saw the greatest net losses of one-way U-Haul trucks.


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The U-Haul Growth Index is compiled according to the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks arriving in a state or city, versus departing from that state or city, in a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck transactions that occur annually across the U.S. and Canada.

Texas is the No. 1 growth state for the second consecutive year and the fifth time since 2016. Florida, which ranks second, has been a top-three growth state seven years in a row.

South CarolinaNorth CarolinaVirginiaTennesseeArizonaGeorgiaOhio and Idaho round out the top 10 growth states. Virginia and Alabama are the biggest risers, climbing 26 spots from their respective 2021 rankings. New YorkMassachusettsMichiganIllinois and California are the bottom five states for growth in 2022.

“The 2022 trends in migration followed very similar patterns to 2021 with TexasFlorida, the Carolinas and the Southwest continuing to see solid growth,” stated John “J.T.” Taylor, U-Haul International president. “We still have areas with strong demand for one-way rentals. While overall migration in 2021 was record-breaking, we continue to experience significant customer demand to move out of some geographic areas to destinations at the top of our growth list.”

2022 U-Haul Growth States

1. TEXAS (1)

2. FLORIDA (2)

3. SOUTH CAROLINA (4)

4. NORTH CAROLINA (19)

5. VIRGINA (31)

6. TENNESSEE (3)

7. ARIZONA (5)

8. GEORGIA (23)

9. OHIO (24)

10. IDAHO (9)

11. COLORADO (7)

12. UTAH (28)

13. NEVADA (29)

14. INDIANA (6)

15. MISSOURI (39)

16. WISCONSIN (13)

17. MINNESOTA (17)

18. MONTANA (22)

19. NEW MEXICO (10)

20. ALABAMA (46)

21. IOWA (27)

22. OREGON (14)

23. WASHINGTON (15)

24. PENNSYLVANIA (48)

25. WEST VIRGINIA (26)

26. KENTUCKY (38)

27. DELAWARE (30)

28. CONNECTICUT (18)

29. MAINE (8)

30. VERMONT (12)

31. SOUTH DAKOTA (11)

32. NEBRASKA (20)

33. WYOMING (21)

34. MISSISSIPPI (37)

35. LOUISIANA (43)

36. WASHINGTON D. C. * (35)

37. NORTH DAKOTA (33)

38. NEW HAMPSHIRE (25)

39. KANSAS (40)

40. RHODE ISLAND (32)

41. ALASKA (16)

42. OKLAHOMA (44)

43. ARKANSAS (41)

44. MARYLAND (34)

45. NEW JERSEY (36)

46. NEW YORK (45)

47. MASSACHUSETTS (47)

48. MICHIGAN (42)

49. ILLINOIS (49)

50. CALIFORNIA (50)