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U-Haul Migration Trends: FLORIDA No. 2 Growth State for 2017

Florida was the No. 2 Growth State for 2017, according to U-Haul data analyzing the past year's U.S. migration trends.

Year-over-year arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals rose 8 percent while departures rose 9 percent from Florida's 2016 numbers. Some of the state's considerable increase in overall U-Haul transactions can likely be attributed to an active hurricane season.

Despite the spike in outbound traffic, arriving trucks still accounted for 50.2 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Florida to keep it entrenched as a top growth state. Florida also held the No. 2 growth ranking for 2016 after climbing from the No. 4 ranking for 2015.

Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.

Texas was the No. 1 Growth State for the second year in a row. Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee rounded out the top five, and North Carolina ranked seventh, continuing a strong growth movement in the Southeast. California overtook Illinois on the list as the biggest net-loss state.

View the complete top 50 rankings along with more migration trends reports, including U.S. Growth Cities, at myuhaulstory.com.

While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents.

Miami, Kissimmee, Brandon, St. Cloud, Melbourne, Davenport, Boca Raton, Bradenton, Ft. Lauderdale and Panama City Beach paced Florida's net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks. Find U-Haul stores and neighborhood dealers in Florida at uhaul.com/locations.  Read More