A recent report by U-Haul revealed that California remained the top state for outbound one-way rentals in 2021 for the second consecutive year as many Californians escaped the former Golden State for greener pastures.
Although the west coast state topped the list for the most moved out of state last year, the numbers were not “as severe” as they were in 2020 which is due in part to the fact that they “simply ran out of inventory to meet customer demand for outbound equipment.” In some cases, Californians will reportedly drive or fly to neighboring states to pick up a truck because there simply aren’t enough available in California.
On the flip side, Texas ranked No. 1 as the top growth state, with a small edge over Florida, according to the moving giant with more than 23,000 locations across all 50 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.”
The Lone Star State earned bragging rights as the leading growth state of 2021, narrowly beating Florida for tops honors, according to transactional data compiled for the annual U-Haul Growth Index.
See where your state ranked in today’s article! https://t.co/EEIpC3aS73 pic.twitter.com/cP0MgPbeOE
— uhaul (@uhaul) January 4, 2022
A U-Haul representative from Texas explained the reason that she believes is drawing people to the Lone Star State.
“The Texas economy is growing fast,” stated Kristina Ramos, U-Haul Company of South Austin president. “With a strong job market and low cost of living, it’s a no brainer. Texas doesn’t have an income tax, so families get more for their money.”
Californians are fleeing to Texas so fast U-Haul is running out of trucks! California and Illinois ranked as the states with greatest loss of U-Haul trucks. Most of them moving to Texas or Florida. pic.twitter.com/azsBV4gj36
— SAY CHEESE! 👄🧀 (@SaycheeseDGTL) January 8, 2022
Tennessee, South Carolina, and Arizona rounded out the list of the top five growth states for last year. Indiana, Colorado, Maine, Idaho and New Mexico found themselves in the top ten destinations for self-movers.
The truck rental company calculates the growth rate by calculating the net increase of one-way trucks entering a state versus leaving a state. The vast number of trucks spread out across the country makes the statistical report an authority on migration trends, although the numbers are not tied to population or economic growth numbers.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, Tesla car maker Elon Musk and political commentator Ben Shapiro all announced in 2021 that they too would be joining the migration east and moving out of California.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay latest in trend to exit liberal California, move operations to Texas https://t.co/MxJLQbMbZP
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) December 12, 2021
Not everyone was pleased with the news as they blame Californians for bringing their liberal politics to their red states.
Dear California U-Haul dealers: please don’t rent anymore Texas bound vehicles-Austin, Texas is already looking and acting like San Francisco.
— Billy Tubbs (@TubbsBill) January 8, 2022
This should worry all Conservatives because Libtards are gonna Libtard every where they go!! They will continue to vote for Marxist and they will continue to destroy everything they touch!!
— Gunny_Mark (@Gunny_Mark) January 8, 2022
Bruuuhhh go back!!! Yall making everything expensive af down here!
— Jay (@Jay51197454) January 8, 2022
Stay in California
— Mark Hernandez Sr💈 (@MarkieTrill) January 8, 2022
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