ROSEVILLE, Calif., and SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dual downtown revitalization developments portray just part of the reason why so many U-Haul moving trucks have pulled into Sacramento and its close neighbor to the northeast, Roseville, in recent years.
Roseville-Sacramento made the U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth Cities for 2015 at No. 2. Growth rankings are determined by the net gain of incoming one-way U-Haul truck rentals versus outgoing rentals for the past calendar year. All cities in the U.S. are considered, regardless of size. Roseville and Sacramento, which each netted large arrival numbers, were packaged as one entry due to their close proximity.
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"In Sacramento, they're overhauling old neighborhoods and making them more appealing," said Aaron Anderson, president of U-Haul Company of East Sacramento. "It has become a more dynamic and more varied place to live.
"Roseville is always growing. I've been here since 1971 and Roseville was open field then. You wouldn't see a house for miles and miles. Then in the 80s and 90s, it just exploded. It expands over a series of hills and there is still a lot of open space being developed. That's the allure: nice clean neighborhoods, good schools and affordable housing, too."
U-Haul locations in Roseville-Sacramento saw 51.5 percent of truck rental customers coming in as opposed leaving, and welcomed 7 percent more U-Haul arrivals year-over-year while departures were up just 3 percent over the same span, a strong sign of growth for the market.
The downtown resurgence in both communities offers an attraction to businesses and residents alike. In Roseville, the revitalization of its century-old downtown begins with the new Vernon Street Town Square, which hosts concerts, movies, festivals, holiday events, and activities for families and children. More than 100,000 people visit the square each year.
The revitalization linchpin in Sacramento is the Golden 1 Center, a new $477 million arena that will host the NBA's Kings, concerts and more. From the adaptive reuse of old warehouses to the R Street development and creation of high-rise apartment buildings, downtown is getting a massive makeover.
While U-Haul migration trends don't correlate directly to population or economic growth, the growth cities data is a strong gauge of how well cities are attracting and keeping residents. The report was compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck transactions that occurred in 2015.