Here are the states Americans headed to the most in 2020, according to U-Haul

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Here are the states Americans headed to the most in 2020, according to U-Haul

The findings might be surprising to us coastal types.

Did you know that no one is moving to California?

My home state, which I admittedly left like 11 years ago, has ranked as the lowest state for one-way U-Haul trips since 2016. That surpasses national Joke State New Jersey and Illinois. That hurts my soul. Sure, the state had been on fire for most of 2019 and rent in my hometown of San Francisco is friggin' insane, but that doesn't mean California is without its charms. But apparently they're headed to, of all places, Tennessee:

“I’m seeing a lot of people from California move [to Tennessee] because they’re attracted to our lifestyle,” Jeff Porter, U-Haul Company of Nashville president said in a release. Tennessee also has no income tax, plenty of jobs and is business-friendly, Porter said.

Y'all know what those phrases are? That means no taxes. People hate paying taxes, so that makes a certain amount of sense. People like deregulation until their state freezes and their power grid collapses.

Sigh. Whatever. Anyway, U-Haul creates an annual migration trends report which calculates how many one-way U-Haul vehicles enter a state versus how many leave it each calendar year. The 2020 report data was complied from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul rental customer transactions. The big winners? Tennessee, Texas, Florida and Ohio.


In 2020, Tennessee claimed the top spot for the most one-way U-Haul arrivals versus departures for the first time ever. Arrivals accounted for 50.6% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Tennessee, according to U-Haul, a 12% increase over last year. Meanwhile, departures rose only 9% over 2019.

Here are the top 10 growth states, according to U-Haul data analyzing migration patterns from 2020:

1. Tennessee


3. Florida

4. Ohio

5. Arizona

6. Colorado

7. Missouri

8. Nevada

9. North Carolina

10. Georgia

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