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Moving company finds Florida in good shape

Lots of U-Hauls made their way to Florida in 2018.

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  • | 4:17 p.m. January 18, 2019
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Florida, in a report on who is moving where nationally — and how often — trails Texas yet again.

At least where Texas has booming Dallas and Austin, Florida has its own rapid risers: Bradenton and Davenport in Polk County.

This latest report comes from U-Haul. The truck rental firm, in its annual migration survey, calculated net gain of one-way truck renters in states and cities versus who left that state or city during 2018. The migration trends data, according to a statement, is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions.

The Lone Star State, for the third consecutive year, is No. 1 in the survey. The Sunshine State ranked No. 2 — also for the third straight year. South Carolina moved up one spot to No. 3, while two states out west, Utah and Idaho, climbed up from No. 21 and No. 14, respectively, to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Florida has finished in the No. 2 spot behind Texas in other economic vitality and business climate surveys.  

The top cities on the U-Haul migration rankings, meanwhile, posted some mild surprises. For one, six California cities are on the top 25, including No. 1 Sacramento and No. 6 San Francisco. The latter is particularly peculiar given the sky-high cost of living there.

Florida posted five cities in the top 25, including Bradenton at No. 17 and Davenport at No. 25. Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale and Kissimmee are the other Florida cities on the top 25.

Top 10 States, U-Haul migration, 2018

State   Rank     2017 Rank

Texas        1        1

Florida     2         2

South Carolina     3    4

Utah           4         21

Idaho         5         14

Maryland    6       42

Vermont      7       10

Tennessee    8       5

New Hampshire      9       31

Maine                   10       26

Top Florida Cities, U-Haul migration, 2018

City     Ranking

Fort Lauderdale       8

Kissimmee    10

Bradenton 17

Port St. Lucie             21

Davenport     25




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