Florida, the No. 1 Moving Destination in the CountryFebruary 29, 2020
The Sunshine State, one of the most loved destinations by tourists and travelers, whether for its beautiful beaches, incredible attractions, or its large amount of diversity among its people and businesses, has now beaten out Texas as the No. 1 moving destination in America, according to U-Haul.
“Florida has been showing signs of growth for a decade,” said Miguel Caminos, U-Haul Company of Orlando president. “Central Florida is really booming. I can’t think of any major suburb where there aren’t home developments or new shopping centers being built.”
“There’s an expectation of comfort for people moving here. They know there are jobs. Plus, there are tons of attractions, and our state is family-friendly. The weather is perfect, and no matter where you live, you’re less than an hour from the beach,” Caminos explained in a statement.
The data provided by U-Haul corresponds with a new Census analysis pointing that as of July 1, 2019, Florida kept it’s spot as the third most populous state, having moved ahead of New York in 2014.
Florida’s population increased by 1.1% over the past year, more than twice the United States average and ninth-highest among all states plus D.C., according to Jed Kolko, economist to Indeed.com.
The areas of Kissimmee, West Palm Beach, Ocala, Port Saint Lucie, and the Bradenton-Sarasota led Florida’s gains, according to U-Haul. Boca Raton, Pensacola, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and St. Petersburg were between the other significant cities to see a net gain of U-Haul trucks.
The state arrivals of one-way U-Haul trucks grew 1%, while departures were declining 1% compared to the state’s 2018 numbers. Arrivals were estimated for 50.6% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Florida.