• Apr 9th 2010 at 7:58AM
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If you're moving out of state, one of the most popular ways to get your stuff to your new home is a U-Haul truck or trailer. This gives the rental company a unique perspective on where people are migrating to, and the company shares this information with the rest of us with its annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report. The report for 2009 reflects 1 million one-way truck transactions across the country to show which states are gaining the most residences.

According to U-Haul, the state with at least 20,000 families moving that saw the most growth was, somewhat surprisingly, Kentucky. The Blue Grass State managed to bring in 5.76 percent more families than it lost in 2009. Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Illinois round out the top five.

Among the states with 5,000 to 20,000 moves, Vermont had the highest percentage of growth with 16.67 percent more families coming than going. Vermont took the top spot among states with fewer than 20,000 moves after two straight years of Maine at the top. Hit the jump to read over the U-Haul press release, which includes the top 10 move destinations among states with at least 20,000 relocations and the top eight among states with fewer than 20,000 interstate moves.

[Source: U-Haul]
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PHOENIX, April 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- U-Haul International, Inc. today released the results of the annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report, reflecting the nation's top growth states for families who moved during 2009. The report, titled "2009 Top 10 U.S. Growth States," indicates that for states with more than 20,000 families moving, Kentucky had the highest percentage of growth, with 5.76 percent more families moving into the state than out. For states with 5,000 - 20,000 families moving, Vermont had the highest percentage, with a growth rate of 16.67 percent in 2009, moving Maine to second place after two years of ranking first.

"The average American moves 11 times in a lifetime," explained U-Haul President of Phoenix Operations John "J.T." Taylor. "Our customers rely on us to provide affordable services, and we are proud to be able to offer families who need moving services the increased convenience of our locations, which makes for a shorter distance to travel when moving. This not only makes their move easier but also has the positive effect of reducing the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere."

The report, reflective of growth patterns of the United States during 2009, was compiled based on nationwide trends in states with more than 5,000 families moving in or out of the area. Growth was then determined by calculating the percentage of inbound moves vs. outbound moves for each state.

The 2009 Top 10 U.S. Growth States Report was compiled from more than 1 million U-Haul one-way truck transactions occurring during a recent 12 month period.

About U-Haul

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the best choice for the do-it-yourself mover, with a network of more than 15,800 locations in all 50 United States and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers' patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to approximately 101,000 trucks, 76,000 trailers and 34,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 395,000 rooms and approximately 35 million square feet of storage space at nearly 1,091 owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the consumer's number one choice as the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. As one of the nation's largest retailers of propane, U-Haul supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard barbecues.

U-Haul was founded by a Navy veteran who grew up during the Great Depression. Tires and gas were still rationed or in short supply during the late 1940s when U-Haul began serving U.S. customers. Today, that background is central to the U-Haul Sustainability Program: "Serving the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Our commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle includes fuel efficient moving vans, neighborhood proximity, moving-box reuse, moving pads made from discarded material, and packing peanuts that are 100 percent biodegradable. Learn more about these facts and others at www.uhaul.com/sustainability.

U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth States*

January - December 2009

With More Than 20,000 Families Moving


1.KENTUCKY 5.76%

2. FLORIDA 3.79%

3. GEORGIA 3.17%

4. OKLAHOMA 2.59%

5. ILLINOIS 2.12%

6. ALABAMA 2.07%


8. LOUISIANA 1.46%


10. ARIZONA 0.52%

January - December 2009

With 5,000 - 20,000 Families Moving


1. VERMONT 16.67%

2. MAINE 14.22%

3. DELAWARE 9.48%


5. KANSAS 5.79%

6. IOWA 5.14%



9. NEBRASKA 4.02%

10. WISCONSIN 2.60%

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Chances of you getting a U-Haul truck as new as the one shown in the picture: About 1%.

      I just drove by a U-Haul lot the other day and was astounded at the number of 80's-90's vintage trucks in the fleet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Many Kentuckians moved north for factory jobs after WWII. Many of these jobs were with auto manufacturers. Now that these jobs are going away, a lot of these families are returning to Kentucky. Despite the negative comments made about the state, it is not a bad place to retire to. The cost of living is relatively low, the climate is certainly better than the northern areas (unless you like cooler weather), and many of these folks already have family in Kentucky. Being a native, I can understand the desire to return home. Family is a big part of life for us. While vacation means going somewhere for most, many Kentuckians actually just spend the vacation with their families. It is not unusual to have relatives "come in" from Ohio or Michigan every summer. Once they retire, they move "home" to stay.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Vermont - Good gun laws.
      Kentucky - Dixie.

      Anyone surprised?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If one does a google search, this story has a lot of oddities. corrections, debunkings, etc.
      Seems no one likes the idea that Kentucky is a great state to move to and live in.

      • 5 Years Ago
      So are we just going to ignore entire demographics that didn't use U-Haul? Penske Budget? Some families are a little more well off and hire larger moving companies. These statistics are meaningless.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um, it's probably called the "the annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report" for a reason...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it correlates to meth shipments personally...
      • 5 Years Ago
      While this report shows trends in moving between states, it doesn't mean these people are buying homes....no doubt many are people moving back in with family after losing jobs and homes.

      This report is good for tending, but not a perfect barometer of moving in the county unless the availability of uhaul outlets is fairly consistent state to state.

      • 5 Years Ago
      From the viewpoint of this native Vermonter:

      Oh joy, more flatlanders.
      • 5 Years Ago
      UHaul is a terrible choice for long distance moves. I remember when I left college, and moved 350 miles back home, uHaul was like a low flat rate for the truck and like 50 cents a mile after that, or something ridiculous. Would have cost $500. Rented a Penske truck for a higher flat rate, and no mileage charge, and it cost, I think, half.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL i've lost count of the times i've seen a U haul brand van or truck on the side of the road with the hood up. "make moving an adventure" um no thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I used UHaul for the first and last time a few years ago. They gave the truck to me with its "check engine" light glowing red. "Whatever!" seems to be their corporate motto.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It would be more interesting to see where they're moving from...like Michigan maybe?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup, U-Haul has the crappiest fleet of trucks on the road. I avoid them like the plague.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What they don't tell you is that the U-Hauls are used as *moving vans* in Vermont. In Kentucky, they live in them.

      (Yes, it's a joke. I'm from eastern KY, so I'm allowed :D.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's called selection bias. "More families [are using U-Haul to] migrate to Kentucky, Vermont". It means nothing.
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