California remained the top state for out-migration in 2021, but its net loss of U-Haul trucks “wasn’t as severe as 2020.” Analysts believe this is partly because U-Haul “ran out of inventory to meet customer demand for outbound equipment.”
Texas took the top spot for growth in 2021, followed closely by Florida. According to the report, “arrivals made up 50.2% of all one-way U-Haul traffic” last year in the Lone Star state. The five biggest gainers were all red states, with Tennessee, South Carolina and Arizona rounding out the top five behind the Lone Star and Sunshine states.
“We see a lot of growth coming from the East and West Coast,” said Matt Merrill, U-Haul Area district vice president of the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex and West Texas. “A lot of people moving here from California [and] New York. We also see a lot of people coming in from the Chicago markets. I think that’s a lot due to the job growth — a lot of opportunity here. The cost of living here is much lower than those areas. Texas is open for business.”
A CNBC report confirmed that there is more outbound traffic from New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Connecticut, and California than inbound.
“People apparently can’t flee fast enough” from Democrat-run states, CNBC reports, as the top five states for residents leaving are led by Democrats.