U-Haul tracks the trucks: Where people are moving and where DC ranks

WASHINGTON — “Go South, young man” seems to be the migration mantra in the U.S. in recent years, and if U-Haul’s annual count of where Americans are moving is right, Texas is at the top of the list.

U-Haul tallied up the total number of arriving one-way, U-Haul truck rentals to each city in 2016 for its latest report. Houston remains the No. 1 U-Haul destination city for the eighth year in a row.

Three of the top five U-Haul destination cities are in Texas.

U-Haul does not factor in departing traffic, so the rankings don’t necessarily reflect growth, though the Texas migration trend is backed up by recent U.S. Census Bureau data, which this week noted five of the fastest growing cities in the nation between 2015 and 2016 were in Texas.

“Houston is growing by leaps and bounds,” said Jerry Lunn, president of U-Haul Company of Gulf Coast Texas. “In the last year, I’ve seen countless skyscrapers and condos being built. U-Haul is continuously expanding its locations and buying space for new facilities to accommodate the do-it-yourself movers and self-storage customers coming to the area.”

D.C. ranked No. 30 on the U-Haul destination city list this year, down from No. 26 last year. The Census ranked the District itself No. 15 for population growth based on the number of new residents between 2015 and 2016.

U-Haul’s Top 10 Destination Cities in 2016:

  1. Houston
  2. Chicago
  3. San Antonio
  4. Orlando
  5. Austin
  6. Las Vegas
  7. Brooklyn, New York
  8. Philadelphia
  9. Kansas City
  10. Charlotte
Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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