Vermont falls to 30th in U-Haul rank of moving destinations

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is the number 30 growth state in America, according to the U-Haul Growth Index analyzing customer moves during 2022. Vermont slipped 18 spots from its No. 12 ranking among growth states in 2021.

People arriving in Vermont in one-way U-Haul trucks rose 4% from 2021, while departures increased 6%. Overall moving traffic slowed throughout most of the US but remained busy in the Green Mountain State in 2022.

Despite a greater year-over-year jump in departures, do-it-yourself movers arriving in Vermont still accounted for 50.1% of all one-way U-Haul truck traffic in and out of the state (49.9% departures).

The U-Haul Growth Index is compiled according to the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks arriving in a city or state, versus departing from that city or state, in a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck transactions that occur annually across the U.S. and Canada.

Texas paced the nation in growth for the fifth time since 2016. Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia round out the top five growth states. California ranks 50th and Illinois 49th for the third year in a row, indicating those states saw the largest net losses of one-way U-Haul trucks.

Vermont’s top growth market is Burlington-South Burlington. Other notable net-gain markets include Rutland, Williston, Bennington, Berlin, Middlebury, Barre and Saint Johnsbury.

While U-Haul migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, the U-Haul Growth Index is an effective gauge of how well states and cities are both attracting and maintaining residents.

By contrast, Vermont was once again the top in-bound state in the United Van Lines study of in-migration in 2022.

The difference likely reflects the difference between the demographic of how do-it-yourselfers move with U-Haul versus contract movers like United. In the United study, the plurality of movers into Vermont were in the higher income and older categories.


Vermont once again tops list of Top Moving Destinations 2022

2022 U-Haul Growth States

1.

TEXAS (1)

2.

FLORIDA (2)

3.

SOUTH CAROLINA (4)

4.

NORTH CAROLINA (19)

5.

VIRGINIA (31)

6.

TENNESSEE (3)

7.

ARIZONA (5)

8.

GEORGIA (23)

9.

OHIO (24)

10.

IDAHO (9)

11.

COLORADO (7)

12.

UTAH (28)

13.

NEVADA (29)

14.

INDIANA (6)

15.

MISSOURI (39)

16.

WISCONSIN (13)

17.

MINNESOTA (17)

18.

MONTANA (22)

19.

NEW MEXICO (10)

20.

ALABAMA (46)

21.

IOWA (27)

22.

OREGON (14)

23.

WASHINGTON (15)

24.

PENNSYLVANIA (48)

25.

WEST VIRGINIA (26)

26.

KENTUCKY (38)

27.

DELAWARE (30)

28.

CONNECTICUT (18)

29.

MAINE (8)

30.

VERMONT (12)

31.

SOUTH DAKOTA (11)

32.

NEBRASKA (20)

33.

WYOMING (21)

34.

MISSISSIPPI (37)

35.

LOUISIANA (43)

36.

WASHINGTON D.C.* (35)

37.

NORTH DAKOTA (33)

38.

NEW HAMPSHIRE (25)

39.

KANSAS (40)

40.

RHODE ISLAND (32)

41.

ALASKA (16)

42.

OKLAHOMA (44)

43.

ARKANSAS (41)

44.

MARYLAND (34)

45.

NEW JERSEY (36)

46.

NEW YORK (45)

47.

MASSACHUSETTS (47)

48.

MICHIGAN (42)

49.

ILLINOIS (49)

50.

CALIFORNIA (50)

2021 growth rankings in parentheses

* Washington, D.C. is its own U-Haul market and is listed among growth states for migration trends purposes. Hawaii is omitted since state-to-state U-Haul truck moves do not occur.

U-Haul is the authority on migration trends thanks to its expansive network that blankets all 10 provinces and 50 states. The geographical coverage from 23,000 U-Haul truck- and trailer-sharing locations provides a broad overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry.

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