U-haul says Maine ranks high on its in-migration trends

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:45pm

    Maine ranks No. 6 among the U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth States. U-Haul locations in Idaho saw 51.5 percent of one-way truck rental customers coming into the state as opposed to leaving, according to a news release from the company. Maine had an 8 percent increase in one-way truck arrivals year-over-year, while departures rose 7 percent over the same span.

    Maine tiptoed up the chart three spots from its No. 9 growth ranking for 2015. Its year-over-year arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals spiked 8 percent last year. Departures rose 7 percent as overall U-Haul traffic swelled among do-it-yourself movers across the state.

    The top six include:

    10. Arkansas

    9. Vermont

    8. Louisiana

    7. Idaho

    6. Maine

    Arrivals accounted for 51.5 percent of U-Haul traffic in 2016 thanks to locations such as Auburn, Saco, Waterville and Brunswick, cities to pace Maine’s net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks. Auburn ranked 14th among U-Haul U.S. Growth Cities for locations with a population of 10,000 to 50,000.

    Growth rankings are calculated by the net gain of arriving U-Haul one-way trucks over departing one-way U-Haul trucks for the calendar year. While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well states are attracting and maintaining residents.

    U-Haul has also released its Top 25 U.S. Growth Cities, which includes three different population groups.

    Stay tuned for more migration trends news. U-Haul is unveiling the Top 10 Growth States in countdown format beginning Jan. 23 and running through Feb. 3, when the No. 1 state will be revealed. U-Haul will be releasing the Top 25 Canadian Growth Cities on Feb. 6.