CHICAGO, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago continues to safeguard its standing as the No. 2 U-Haul U.S. Destination City, according to the latest U-Haul migration trends report.
Chicago saw a 5.8 percent drop in 2016 arrivals compared to 2015, although it managed to stave off San Antonio as the second busiest U.S. market for incoming U-Haul trucks.
U-Haul Destination Cities are ranked according to the total number of arriving one-way U-Haul truck rentals to a city in the past calendar year. Destination Cities do not account for departing traffic and thus do not necessarily reflect growth like U-Haul Growth Cities. Destination Cities reflect the volume and regularity of do-it-yourself movers coming into a community.
"Chicago is growing," said Jamie Lee, U-Haul Company of North Shore Chicago president. "The city saw there was a need for more housing and upgraded facilities. Now apartments and condos are being built by reusing and refurbishing old buildings. We make it easy for do-it-yourself movers to come to a new place. We have lots of convenient locations, and U-Haul Team Members take the extra step to make everyone's move as smooth as possible."
U-Haul has 17 Company-owned stores and 96 independent neighborhood dealers within the city limits, and also offers many more locations to fulfill the needs of suburbs outside Chicago. Find U-Haul truck and trailer sharing locations in Chicago at uhaul.com/locations.
"Chicago offers a wide variety of public activities throughout the year," Lee added. "Festivals and shows are held indoors and outdoors, often with no charge."
The annual Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest free-admission air and water exhibition in the U.S. The show will celebrate its 57th anniversary in August while welcoming an estimated 2 million spectators.
Chicago is also site of the newest branch of Humble Design Fueled by U-Haul, a Detroit-born nonprofit bringing dignity to families escaping homelessness by furnishing and decorating their homes with donated items. Volunteer opportunities are available.
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 more than 21,000 U-Haul locations provides a comprehensive overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.
Follow the Top 10 U.S. Destination Cities daily countdown through May 26 on Twitter @uhaul. U-Haul Destination Cities announced so far include: 10. Charlotte 9. Kansas City 8. Philadelphia 7. Brooklyn 6. Las Vegas 5. Austin 4. Orlando 3. San Antonio. View all migration trends reports, including the U-Haul 2016 U.S. Growth Cities and Growth States, at myuhaulstory.com.
Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 21,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers' patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to more than 139,000 trucks, 108,000 trailers and 38,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 536,000 rooms and more than 47 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry and is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S. www.uhaul.com
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