COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The official "Home of the 12th Man" is home to a lot of U-Haul do-it-yourself movers.
College Station made the U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth Cities for 2015 at No. 6. Growth rankings are determined by the net gain of incoming one-way U-Haul truck rentals versus outgoing rentals for the past calendar year.
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U-Haul locations in College Station saw 53.7 percent of truck rental customers coming into the city as opposed leaving, and welcomed 1 percent more U-Haul arrivals and departures year-over-year.
Texas A&M University is the city's largest employer and centerpiece of the Bryan-College Station metro area with an enrollment of nearly 60,000 students.
"A&M continues to grow, and College Station is seeing a lot of growth in apartment and retail buildings – retail on the first floors and housing above," said Matt Merrill, president of U-Haul Company of West Houston. "The overall business market continues to grow for U-Haul there."
The housing and jobs sectors have been on the upswing in College Station, according to multiple reports, adding appeal to the area at a time when other Texas cities have been hurt by the slumping oil sector.
Texas A&M's 2012 move to the Southeastern Conference only helped College Station and the Aggies' sports profile, which translated to a massive football stadium expansion project. And based on the U-Haul trucks pulling into town, there should be plenty of people to fill those seats.
"The community is close-knit and the city is very well managed, very clean and very well kept," Merrill said. "The crime rate is very low. It's a very friendly place even though it continues to grow. Everybody comes in and says hello – and they're darn sure not Yankees."
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. All cities were considered, regardless of size.