U-Haul Ranks Santa Monica, Calif. as 2010 Top U.S. Growth City

PHOENIX, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- U-Haul International, Inc., today released results of the annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report that reflects the nation's top growth areas for families that moved during 2010. The 2010 Top U.S. Growth Cities Report indicates that for cities with more than with 5,000 families moving, Santa Monica, Calif., had the highest percentage of growth, with 20.67 percent.

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"The report, reflective of growth patterns in the United States during 2010, was compiled based on nationwide trends in cities of all sizes and reflects communities with more than 5,000 families moving in or out of the area," stated John "J.T." Taylor, U-Haul president of Phoenix Operations. "Growth cities were then determined by calculating the percentage of inbound moves vs. outbound moves for each area."

The 2010 Top U.S. Growth Cities Report was compiled from more than 1.4 million U-Haul one-way truck transactions occurring during a recent 12-month period. A complete copy of the U-Haul National Migration Trend Report follows.

About U-Haul

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the choice for the do-it-yourself mover, with a network of more than 16,300 locations in all 50 States and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers' patronage has enabled the Company to maintain the largest rental fleet in the do-it-yourself moving industry with approximately 104,000 trucks, 80,000 trailers and 36,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 406,000 rooms and 36 million square feet of storage space at nearly 1,100 owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the consumer's number one choice as the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. The Company supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard barbecues as one of the nation's largest retailers of propane.

U-Haul was founded by a Navy veteran who grew up during the Great Depression. Tires and gas were still rationed or in short supply during the late 1940s when U-Haul began serving U.S. customers. Today, that background is central to the U-Haul Sustainability Program: "Serving the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."  Our commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle includes fuel-efficient moving vans, neighborhood proximity, moving box reuse, moving pads made from discarded material and packing peanuts that are 100% biodegradable.  Learn more about these facts and others at uhaul.com/sustainability.

Note to editors: The annual mileage of North American U-Haul trucks, trailers and tow dollies would move a family to the moon and back again more than 9 times per day, every day of the year.  The annual mileage of North American U-Haul trucks, trailers and tow dollies would travel around the Earth more than 169 times per day, every day of the year.

U-Haul Top U.S. Growth Cities

January - December 2010

With More Than 5,000 Families Moving


RANK

CITY

%GROWTH

 1.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.

20.67%

 2.

BOISE, Idaho

10.96%

 3.

OAKLAND, Calif.

10.71%

 4.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.

8.97%

 5.

AUSTIN, Texas

8.75%

 6.

QUEENS, N.Y.

6.73%

 7.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.

6.38%

 8.

PITTSBURGH, Penn.

6.34%

 9.

BROOKLYN, N.Y.

4.00%

10.

CHICAGO, Ill.

3.99%

11.

VAN NUYS, Calif.

3.85%

12.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah

3.79%

13.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.

3.70%

14.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

2.99%

15.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

2.99%

16.

OMAHA, Neb.

2.92%

17.

EL PASO, Texas

2.72%

18.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

2.34%

19.

RENO, Nev.

2.33%

20.

JERSEY CITY, N.J.

2.22%

21.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.

2.20%

22.

TORRANCE, Calif.

2.16%

23.

TAMPA, Fla.

1.80%

24.

SHREVEPORT, La.

1.77%

25.

SPOKANE, Wash.

1.73%




Contact:

Joanne Fried, Director, Media and Public Relations

Ashleigh Wagner, Senior Media and Public Relations Specialist

U-Haul International, Inc.

(602) 263-6194

publicrelations@uhaul.com



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