January 8, 2020 9:30 AM, EST

Florida Is Top U-Haul Destination in Sign of Surging Migration

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Florida topped the nation in net arrivals of U-Haul trucks in 2019, providing more evidence of the rapid migration that’s fueling economic gains there.

The Sunshine State, previously No. 2 in the ranking, overtook Texas, the leader from 2016 through 2018, according to the Phoenix-based moving-equipment company.

Florida’s arrivals rose 1% from a year earlier, while departures fell 1%.

States With Most Arrivals

1. Florida

2. Texas

3. North Carolina

4. South Carolina

5. Washington

U-Haul said its data, compiled from more than 2 million truck transactions, gauges a region’s ability to lure residents, but isn’t directly correlated with population or economic growth.

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Florida, like Texas, has been booming thanks to its combination of warm weather, developing cities and lack of state income tax.

The state netted $16 billion in adjusted gross income from movers in 2018, according to Internal Revenue Service figures released last week. That also led the nation, but was short of the $17.2 billion record in 2016.

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