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California came in 50th on a new ranking measuring migration growth among the states based on one-way U-Haul truck traffic leaving or entering their borders last year.

California displaced Illinois as the state with the biggest net loss of U-Haul trucks in 2020, the moving company reported. And California was ranked 49th in U-Haul’s 2019 migration growth study.

Both Texas and Florida had the most net gains in U-Haul truck traffic from 2016 to 2019 before they were displaced by Tennessee in 2020, the company said. What makes Tennessee attractive is its business-friendliness and low taxes, according to U-Haul.

Those states with the most migration growth are ranked based on net gains of one-way U-Haul trucks entering the state vs. trucks leaving their borders during a calendar year. More than 2 million one-way trips are logged by U-Haul every year, the company reported.

The annual ranking tracks truck traffic moving among its 22,000 truck- and trailer-sharing locations. U-Haul sees the data as a gauge of which states are attracting residents from outside their borders.


U-Haul Ranking of Migration Growth Among States

2020 RankState2019 Rank
2Texas 2
5Arizona 20
7Missouri 13
8Nevada 24
9North Carolina3
10Georgia 16
11Arkansas 23
13Wisconsin 41
14Oklahoma 14
15South Carolina4
16West Virginia22
18Kentucky 37
19Montana 26
20Minnesota 15
21Kansas 18
22Alabama 6
23New Hampshire 31
24Iowa 30
25South Dakota 28
26Vermont 10
27Delaware 21
28Virginia 39
29Maine 33
30Idaho 11
31Mississippi 25
32Nebraska 19
33Wyoming 27
34Alaska 17
35Rhode Island 35
36Washington 5
37North Dakota 32
38Washington, D.C.38
39New Mexico 36
40Michigan 48
41Pennsylvania 46
42New York 43
43Connecticut 34
45Oregon 29
46Maryland 45
48New Jersey44
49Illinois 50
50California 49

Source: U-Haul International Inc.