PHOENIX (April 2, 2010) — U-Haul International, Inc. today released the results of the annual 2009 U-Haul National Migration Trend Report, titled “The 2009 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities.” According to moving data reflective of nationwide statistics for calendar year 2009, Houston took the No. 1 spot, moving up from second place, while Las Vegas took second place, moving up from the No. 4 rank last year. Chicago climbed to No. 3 from No. 7 last year, while San Antonio ranked No. 4, moving up from No. 8. Austin, Texas moved up to fifth place from the No. 9 rank last year, and Atlanta, Orlando, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., Kansas City, Mo. and Denver rounded out the top 10. 

“Since 1945, U-Haul has built a long and proud history of relocating Americans,” said U-Haul President of Phoenix Operations John “J.T.” Taylor. “While recent economic conditions may have played a role as to where people have moved, our customers continue to rely on us to provide affordable services at convenient locations, which makes moving easier and more economical. This has the additional positive effect of reducing the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.”

The ranking reflects destinations for movers traveling more than 50 miles, and considers every city in the country, regardless of size. However, the data is not stated as a percentage of population and is not reflective of overall growth.

The 2009 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities Report was compiled from more than 1 million U-Haul truck transactions occurring during a recent 12 month period.


U-Haul Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities

January - December 2009

  1. HOUSTON, Texas
  2. LAS VEGAS, Nev.
  3. CHICAGO, Ill. 
  4. SAN ANTONIO, Texas 
  5. AUSTIN, Texas 
  6. ATLANTA, Ga.
  7. ORLANDO, Fla. 
  8. SACRAMENTO, Calif. 
  9. KANSAS CITY, Mo. 
  10. DENVER, Colo. 
  11. SAN DIEGO, Calif. 
  13. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 
  14. PHOENIX, Ariz. 
  15. COLUMBUS, Ohio 
  16. DALLAS, Texas 
  17. TAMPA, Fla. 
  18. NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. 
  19. LOS ANGELES, Calif. 
  20. COSTA MESA, Calif.
  21. VAN NUYS, Calif. 
  22. SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.
  25. SAINT LOUIS, Mo.
  27. OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.
  28. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.
  29. TUCSON, Ariz.
  30. QUEENS, N.Y.
  31. PORTLAND, Ore.
  32. BRONX, N.Y.
  33. BALTIMORE, Md.
  34. PLANO, Texas
  35. LONG BEACH, Calif.
  36. BIRMINGHAM, Ala.
  37. SEATTLE, Wash.
  39. FULLERTON, Calif.
  40. MILWAUKEE, Wis.
  41. TULSA, Okla.
  43. SAN JOSE, Calif.
  44. FORT WORTH, Texas
  45. RICHMOND, Va.
  46. COLUMBIA, S.C.
  47. RALEIGH, N.C.
  48. MIAMI, Fla.
  49. VICTORVILLE, Calif.
  50. FRESNO, Calif.
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