I always like lists that come from companies that are in the trenches. The U-Haul report is especially interesting because it is counting those that are migrating without hiring the big moving companies. This captures the economic moves for families that are leaving not because of a corporate relocation or high dollar retirement, but those that are looking to find a better start.
Recent graduates, the unemployed, or those looking for a new start typically will load up the U-Haul and start again. From a real estate perspective, it may capture the foreclosed upon. From an economic perspective, it shows where people are to find a better economic situation.
Some cities that have typically done well in attracting relocations, such as Atlanta, have fallen drastically to the 33rd position. Meanwhile Houston has held the top position for 4 years straight as people are moving to the Texas city. My guess is that opportunity in Houston has not let up for the middle class.
U-Haul’s Top 10 US Destinations For 2013
LAS VEGAS, NV
SAN ANTONIO, TX
KANSAS CITY, MO
Here is the full list of the top 50 cities in the U-Haul survey. 1 HOUSTON 2 ORLANDO, Fla. 3 CHICAGO 4 LAS VEGAS 5 SAN ANTONIO 6 AUSTIN, Texas 7 BROOKLYN, N.Y. 8 PHILADELPHIA 9 KANSAS CITY, Mo. 10 SACRAMENTO, Calif. 11 COLUMBUS, Ohio 12 SAN DIEGO 13 NEW YORK CITY 14 PHOENIX 15 CHARLOTTE, N.C. 16 INDIANAPOLIS 17 DALLAS 18 TAMPA, Fla. 19 ST. LOUIS 20 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. 21 LOS ANGELES 22 TUCSON, Ariz. 23 SAN FRANCISCO 24 BRONX, N.Y. 25 PLANO, Texas 27 RALEIGH, N.C. 28 WASHINGTON, D.C. 29 BALTIMORE 30 COLUMBIA, S.C. 31 OKLAHOMA CITY 32 TULSA, Okla. 33 ATLANTA 34 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. 35 VICTORVILLE, Calif. 36 NASHVILLE, Tenn. 37 PORTLAND, Ore. 38 SAN JOSE, Calif. 39 TACOMA, Wash. 40 MIAMI, Fla. 41 RICHMOND, Va. 42 SEATTLE 43 CINCINNATI, Ohio 44 LOUISVILLE, KY 45 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. 46 RENO, Nev. 47 OAKLAND, Calif. 48 FRESNO, Calif. 49 DENVER, Colo. 50 EUGENE, Ore.