South Carolina is the No. 3 growth state in America, rising one spot from its ranking the previous year, according to the U-Haul® Growth Index analyzing customer moves during 2022.
People arriving in South Carolina in one-way U-Haul trucks increased by one percent over 2021, while departures dropped two percent.
Do-it-yourself movers arriving in the Palmetto State accounted for 50.9 percent of all one-way U-Haul truck traffic in and out of South Carolina (49.1 percent departures) to make it a top-four growth state for the fourth time since 2018.
“You still have big cities in South Carolina, but you can travel just outside those cities and be in the country. That’s appealing to a lot of people,” stated Matthew McCoy, U-Haul Company of Southern Atlantic Coast president.
“The cost of living in South Carolina is much lower than other states. I’m not surprised to see it moving up the U-Haul Growth Index. People who want to live near the beach or live in a less crowded, more rural area—while still having access to big-city amenities— are moving here.”
The U-Haul Growth Index is compiled according to the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks arriving in a city or state, versus departing from that city or state, in a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than two million one-way U-Haul truck transactions that occur annually across the U.S. and Canada.
Texas is the No. 1 growth state for the fifth time since 2016. Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia round out the top five growth states. California ranks 50th and Illinois 49th for the third year in a row, indicating those states saw the largest net losses of one-way U-Haul trucks.
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