January 3, 2019

Maine among top 10 growth states in U-Haul 2018 migration report

Courtesy / U-Haul
Courtesy / U-Haul
Maine made it into U-Haul’s Top 10 growth states for 2018 — a ranking obviously limited to do-it-yourself movers.

About U-Haul

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 21,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The U-Haul fleet includes 161,000 trucks, 118,000 trailers and 42,000 towing devices.

Maine made it into U-Haul's Top 10 growth states for 2018 — a ranking obviously limited to do-it-yourself movers.

According to U-Haul's report of its data analyzing migration trends in the United States for 2018, Maine ranks 10th, moving up 16 slots from ranking 26th in 2017.

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. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck sharing transactions that occur annually.

"While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents," U-Haul stated in a news release.

Texas came in as the No. 1 growth state for the third consecutive year, followed by Florida, which has ranked second for three consecutive years. South Carolina inched up one spot to No. 3, while fast-risers Utah and Idaho rounded out the top five states for growth.

Illinois was 50th on the list for the third time in four years, outpacing No. 48 California and No. 49 Michigan for net departures among out-migration states.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 growth states, with the previous year's ranking included: 6. Maryland (42); 7. Vermont (10); 8. Tennessee (5); 9. New Hampshire (31).

Net gain in 2018

Maine arrivals of one-way U-Haul trucks were up 3%, while departures held steady from the state's 2017 numbers. Arrivals accounted for 50.5% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Maine.

Maine was a virtual break-even state in 2017, registering in the middle of the pack at No. 26, but it returned to a being a definitive net-gain state in 2018. Maine was also a top-10 growth state in 2016 (No. 6) and 2015 (No. 9), U-Haul reported.

Ellsworth, Augusta and Auburn paced Maine's net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks, with Rockland, Rumford and Brunswick being other destinations with net gains.

A different perspective from North American Moving Services

In a separate migration report, this one conducted by a company hired by people to move their possessions, North American Moving Services reported that Maine posted slightly more out-migrations in 2018: with 49% of the moves being inbound and 51% being outbound.

That's the best that Maine has done in North American Moving Services' migration analysis dating back to 2011:

  • 2017: 48% inbound, 52% outbound
  • 2016: 45% inbound, 55% outbound
  • 2015: 41% inbound, 59% outbound
  • 2014: 42% inbound, 58% outbound
  • 2013: 46% inbound, 54% outbound
  • 2012: 46% inbound, 54% outbound
  • 2011: 45% inbound, 55% outbound.

According to North American's 2018 report, the Top 5 inbound states in 2018 were: 1. Idaho (72%); 2. Arizona (67%); 3. South Carolina (63%); 4. Tennessee (62%); 5. North Carolina (61%).

The Top 5 outbound states in 2018: 1. Illinois (69%); 2. California (64%); 3. New Jersey (63%); 4. Pennsylvania (61%); 5. Maryland (56%).

  • Other key takeaways from 2018 migration report:
  • Idaho has regained the position as the leader in inbound moves for 2018. It has come in first three times out of the last four years, after falling to the second spot in 2017.
  • Illinois topped the outbound moves list for the fourth time since 2014.
  • For the last five years, the states with the highest move totals haven't changed. They are as follows: Florida, California, and Texas.
  • Tennessee made its second debut in the Top 5 most inbound states, jumping up to spot No. 4 from No. 5 in 2017.
  • Maryland made its first debut in the Top 5 most outbound states.

There is a possible correlation between state property taxes and migration, North American reported, citing tax data pulled from the personal finance website


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