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Moving Company Lists Texas As No. 1 Growth State In America

January 03, 2019 - 6:23 am
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By Chris Fox, KRLD Austin Bureau Chief

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Texas registered as the U-Haul No. 1 Growth State in America for the third consecutive year, according to U-Haul data analyzing U.S. migration trends for 2018.

U-Haul Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state during a calendar year.

“North Texas is truly bursting at the seams,” stated Kevin Flanagan, U-Haul Company of Northwest Dallas president. “McKinney, Frisco and the entire Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has been growing substantially in recent years. Texas is gaining more residents than any other state. I think it is the most desirable state in which to live. Obviously, many U-Haul truck-sharing customers agree with me.”

Economist Ray Perryman says the rise in population means job growth for Texas. “It means better job opportunities for Texans. It means more opportunities for our students, who are graduating from our colleges and universities…and it means greater productivity; more spending power for our consumers.”

Texas arrivals of one-way U-Haul trucks were up 5 percent compared to the state’s 2017 numbers, while arrivals accounted for 50.2 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Texas to keep it the top state for netting do-it-yourself movers. Communities in and around the Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin-Round Rock metropolitan areas continued to see some of the largest influxes of U-Haul traffic in the Lone Star State.