PHILADELPHIA, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia chimes in at No. 8 among the U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Destination Cities for 2016, maintaining its 2015 ranking.
The City of Brotherly Love enjoyed a 2.8 percent increase in year-over-year U-Haul arrivals.
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.
"Philly hasn't always had the best reputation, but the word is out that it is truly a destination," said Gerald Solarski, U-Haul Company of North Philadelphia president. "Businesses are moving into the city. Furthermore, I have firsthand experience seeing the business growth. Five years ago, you wouldn't even think about moving into the city. But now we have several new U-Haul facilities. Wherever the jobs go, the people follow."
There are 14 Company-owned stores and 37 independent neighborhood dealers in Philadelphia. Find U-Haul truck and trailer sharing locations in Philadelphia at uhaul.com/locations.
Philadelphia is one of many markets where U-Haul is putting its adaptive reuse initiatives to use. In addition to the former Tastykake Baking Company plant that is being repurposed for a modern self-storage facility, U-Haul also renovated the historic Pennsylvania Railroad Company cold-storage warehouse in South Philly.
"Over the past 10 years, the city has seen a dramatic influx of new residents, mainly in the communities surrounding Center City," said Pam Henshall, President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. "This is in response to new jobs, residential developments, recreational improvements, nightlife and entertainment. Philadelphia's ranking in the Top 10 is reflective of the positive developments in the city and the region."
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.
Follow the Top 10 U.S. Destination Cities daily countdown through May 26 on Twitter @uhaul. 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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