Florida Upsets Texas as Number One State for Relocation

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Apparently, the tides have turned in terms of the number one state to which Americans are moving. According to a recent moving survey by U-Haul, more than even Texas (the former top choice), Americans are choosing to live in Florida. Can it really be?

Texas had been the highest-ranking relocation destination for Americans the last four years running. Somehow, the Florida sunshine has reeled people in. In a statement by U-Haul Company of Orlando president, Miguel Caminos, he said, “Florida has been showing signs of growth for a decade. 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.” He added, “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.”

Florida Upsets Texas as Number One State for Relocation

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The timing of the announcement corresponds with the latest Census data that indicates Florida as the third most populous state. This information, as of July 1, 2019, also has the state’s population growth pegged at 1.1 percent from last year, which is more than double the U.S. average. According to the U-Haul survey, Florida arrivals of one-way moves increased by one percent while the state’s departures were down one percent, as compared to last year’s figures.

Florida Upsets Texas as Number One State for Relocation


Recent research, completed by STORAGECafé, revealed that 564K people moved to Texas from other states in 2018. They reported that the largest portion of that was a 15 percent from California. Even though this meant, on average, 1,545 people per day were making the move to Texas, it also seemed to corroborate U-Haul’s survey, placing our state at number two in terms of interstate relocation. The news doesn’t dampen our spirits, however, because the Lone Star State is still one of the fastest-growing in the U.S. In fact, one in 12 Americans live here, and that’s a statistic you can happily hang your hat on!