Here we grow again. U-Haul has named Texas as the #1 growth state of 2021.

According to U-Haul, Texas beat out Florida to become the state where most people rented one-way U-Haul trucks in 2021. Tennessee, South Carolina, and Arizona round out the top 5 states that saw the most growth last year.

Texas is no stranger to topping this list. The Lone Star State has landed at #1 from 2016 - 2018, and finished second in 2019 to Florida and second to Tennessee in 2020.

We've heard a lot about people leaving California and New York in droves, and it seems as though most are headed to the great state of Texas.

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California finished 50th and New York landed 45th on the list, which seems to indicate more people left those states than arrived.

Matt Merrill, U-Haul Area District Vice President of the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex and West Texas, says:

"We see a lot of growth coming from the East and West Coast, a lot of people moving here from California  (and)   New York.  We also see a lot of people coming in from the Chicago markets. I think that's a lot due to the job growth – a lot of opportunity here. The cost of living here is much lower than those areas. Texas is open for business."

The numbers show that arrivals of U-Haul trucks in Texas increased in 2021 by 19%. Those heading out of the state rose 18%.

According to myuhaulstory.com, College Station-Bryan, Grapevine, Austin, Richardson, Carrollton, and Conroe saw the biggest new arrivals, with Haltom City, Mesquite, New Braunfels, among others, also seeing significate growth.

What's not to love? A strong job market, lots of entertainment options including sports, music, and family friendly activities, combined with a decent cost of living and generally low gas prices is pretty tempting. All that combined with no income tax makes Texas a prime location for families and individuals alike.

Welcome to Texas, y'all. Grab yourself some Whataburger and Dr Pepper, and remember - left lane's for passing.

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