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Uhaul 2020 Report Ranks California Last on One-Way Arrivals

Tennessee, Texas and Florida are top destinations in the growth rankings

By Katy Grimes, January 19, 2021 7:20 am

When will California politicians admit that residents are fleeing the Golden State in droves, and have been for a decade?

Uhaul issued its recent 2020 Migration Trends, where the do-it-yourself mover ranks all 50 states by migration growth, and California ranks last on one-way arrivals. Tennessee claims the number-1 spot for first time, while Texas holds steady in the number-2 spot for the fifth straight year, and Florida ranks third for 2020.

Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina and Georgia round out the top 10 states for 2020 growth as self-movers continue to migrate to the Southeast, as well as markets in the Southwest, Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions.

Last year, Tennessee ranked 12th, Arizona was 20th, Colorado 42nd, moving up significantly in the survey to number-1, number-5 and number-6 respectively. Nevada jumped to number-8 from 24th place last year, and Alabama to 11th place from number-23 last year.

These are some really huge migration changes.

The biggest loser states ranked 41st through 50th are Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Louisiana, Oregon, Maryland,  Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois, and California.

Uhaul reports California has ranked 48th or lower since 2016. Illinois has been 49th or 50th since 2015, when U-Haul began ranking states based on annual net gain.

 

2020: STATES RANKED BY MIGRATION GROWTH

1. Tennessee (12)
2. Texas (2)
3. Florida (1)
4. Ohio (7)
5. Arizona (20)
6. Colorado (42)
7. Missouri (13)
8. Nevada (24)
9. North Carolina (3)
10. Georgia (16)
11. Arkansas (23)
12. Indiana (9)
13. Wisconsin (41)
14. Oklahoma (14)
15. South Carolina (4)
16. West Virginia (22)
17. Utah (8)
18. Kentucky (37)
19. Montana (26)
20. Minnesota (15)
21. Kansas (18)
22. Alabama (6)
23. New Hampshire (31)
24. Iowa (30)
25. South Dakota (28)
26. Vermont (10)
27. Delaware (21)
28. Virginia (39)
29. Maine (33)
30. Idaho (11)
31. Mississippi (25)
32. Nebraska (19)
33. Wyoming (27)
34. Alaska (17)
35. Rhode Island (35)
36. Washington (5)
37. North Dakota (32)
38. Washington, D.C. (38)*
39. New Mexico (36)
40. Michigan (48)
41. Pennsylvania (46)
42. New York (43)
43. Connecticut (34)
44. Louisiana (40)
45. Oregon (29)
46. Maryland (45)
47. Massachusetts (47)
48. New Jersey (44)
49. Illinois (50)
50. California (49)

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. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck customer transactions that occur annually.

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6 thoughts on “Uhaul 2020 Report Ranks California Last on One-Way Arrivals

    1. No kidding, ExCaliExpat. I thought of that very thing, which you have informed us about, when I read this about Colorado.

    2. Drove through CO in Sept 2020. Outside of Denver, and it’s neighboring areas, signs on private property and along the roads said it was Trump country. Definitely in the Colorado River valley wine country.

  1. Comrades
    Outside of Colorado urban centers the average resident works up to three marginal part time jobs…..Blimpies sub shop is considered a life saver job…..a $15.00 per hour minimum wage hike will close many service business doors, even Blimpies-

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