PHOENIX and ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida is the No. 2 U.S. Growth State for 2016, according to the latest U-Haul migration trends report.
Florida rose two spots from its No. 4 growth ranking for 2015. Its year-over-year arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals held steady while its departures dropped 1 percent last year.
Arrivals accounted for 50.4 percent of U-Haul traffic in Florida in 2016 thanks to locations like Kissimmee, Brandon, Miami, Melbourne, Bradenton and Boca Raton, the cities to pace the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks Kissimmee is the No. 10 U-Haul U.S. Growth City for locations with a population of more than 50,000. Brandon ranks 14th and Miami 17th.
Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.
While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well cities are attracting and maintaining residents.
"There has been a large migration into Central Florida," said Rod Baldwin, U-Haul Company of Orlando president. "Osceola County has been one of the fastest growing counties in the state. It's funny because it was pretty rundown for some time, but it's caught fire and we're running with it. We are in the process of building a 70,000-square-foot store in Kissimmee."
U-Haul has several stores under construction and intends to add more than 60 new independent businesses to its neighborhood dealer network in the Orlando area over the next two years. But that's far from the only region in Florida where do-it-yourself movers are flocking.
"I see signs of growth every day," said Rainel Gonzalez, U-Haul Company of Miami president. "The construction in downtown Miami is picking up and the Hispanic neighborhoods are growing like crazy."
"The (Metro) Tampa area has received many in-bound trucks over the past year, and many of them have been our 20- and 26-foot trucks," added Bob Magyar, U-Haul Company of Tampa president. "This usually means families are moving into the area, typically with children and from larger homes."
Find U-Haul stores and neighborhood dealers in Florida at uhaul.com/locations.
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, including neighborhood dealers and Company-owned and -operated stores, provides a comprehensive overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry.
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