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Migration Trends: Where People Moved in 2023

New Mexico is the No. 16 growth state in the U.S., climbing three spots from its previous ranking, according to the U-Haul® Growth Index analyzing one-way customer moves during 2023.

One-way U-Haul customers arriving in New Mexico fell 7% from 2022 while departures also fell 7% as overall moving traffic slowed.

Do-it-yourself movers arriving in New Mexico still accounted for almost 50.3% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in and out of the Land of Enchantment (49.7% departures) to keep it a top-20 growth state.

New Mexico’s top growth city is Taos. Other notable net-gain markets include Alamogordo, Ruidoso-Ruidoso Downs, Gallup, Las Cruces, Carlsbad, Deming, Los Lunas, Hobbs, Chaparral and Rio Rancho.

The U-Haul Growth Index is compiled according to the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks, trailers and U-Box moving containers arriving in a city or state, versus departing from that city or state, in a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2.5 million one-way U-Haul customer transactions that occur annually across the U.S. and Canada.

Texas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee account for the top five growth states. California ranks 50th for the fourth year in a row with the largest net loss of one-way U-Haul customers.

2023 U-Haul Growth States

1.TEXAS (1)
6.IDAHO (10)
11.NEVADA (13)
12. VERMONT (30)
13.UTAH (12)
14. WYOMING (33)
15.DELAWARE (27)
16. NEW MEXICO (19)
17.ARKANSAS (43)
18. GEORGIA (8)
20. MINNESOTA (17)
21.MONTANA (18)
22.ALABAMA (20)
23.OHIO (9)
24.IOWA (21)
25.HAWAII (–)
27.INDIANA (14)
28.MISSOURI (15)
29.KENTUCKY (26)
31.MAINE (29)
33.KANSAS (39)
34.ALASKA (41)
35.NEBRASKA (32)
37.OREGON (22)
41.OKLAHOMA (42)
43.NEW YORK (46)
44. MARYLAND (44)
46. MICHIGAN (48)
47.NEW JERSEY (45)
48.ILLINOIS (49)

2022 growth rankings in parentheses

While U-Haul migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, the U-Haul Growth Index is an effective gauge of how well states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents. Find the U-Haul location nearest you at uhaul.com/locations.

U-Haul is the authority on migration trends thanks to its expansive network that blankets all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The geographical coverage from 23,000 U-Haul truck- and trailer-sharing locations provides a broad overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry.

U-Haul continues to benefit the environment through its shared-use business model. Truck and trailer sharing enables communities to share moving equipment so that families and individuals don’t need to own large-capacity vehicles to transfer belongings. Sustainability initiatives like U-Haul Adaptive Reuse (the preserving and repurposing of existing buildings for new stores), truck modifications to improve fuel economy, and plastic Ready-To-Go Boxes® that are shared hundreds of times before being recycled are among the many ways U-Haul promotes green business. U-Box Load Share, the Company’s latest sustainability program, was just named the 2023 Best in Biz gold winner for the Most Environmentally Friendly Service of the Year.

About U-HAUL

Founded in 1945, U-Haul is the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers with more than 23,000 rental locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The enhanced U-Haul app makes it easier for customers to use U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 to access trucks anytime through the self-dispatch and self-return options on their smartphones through our patented Live Verify technology. Our customers’ patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to 192,200 trucks, 138,500 trailers and 44,500 towing devices. U-Haul is the third largest self-storage operator in North America with 967,000 rentable units and 83.3 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities. U-Haul is the top retailer of propane in the U.S. and the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. We were recently named one of America’s Best Large Employers (Forbes, 2023); a Best for Vets Employer (Military Times, 2022); and one of the Healthiest Workplaces in America (Healthiest Employers, 2022). Find careers at uhauljobs.com. Get the U-Haul app from the App Store or Google Play.


Jeff Lockridge

Sebastien Reyes

E-mail: publicrelations@uhaul.com

Phone: 602-760-4941

Website: uhaul.com

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