People can’t escape California fast enough, but U-Haul is struggling to keep up

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.”

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.”

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.

Not everyone was pleased with the news as they blame Californians for bringing their liberal politics to their red states.


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