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Texas ranks No. 2 state in U-Haul's 2020 migration growth data

For the fifth straight year, Texas ranks as one of the top one-way trip destinations.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas population is still booming, according to a 2020 U-Haul Migration Trends report.

Texas falls behind Tennessee as the second-most visited states by one-way travelers.

U-Haul calculates the growth of the state by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state in a calendar year. Migration trends data are compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck customer transactions that occur annually.

While Tennessee takes the top spot, Texas and Florida round out second and third. U-Haul customers made Texas and Florida their top two destinations from 2016-19. Texas had the largest net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks for three consecutive years before Florida flipped the order and became No. 1 last year. 

Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina and Georgia round out the top 10 states for 2020.

A 2020 U.S. Census Bureau report found Austin ranks fifth in the nation for population increase among U.S. cities in the past decade, within increase of 177,079 people between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2019. The data also showed Austin is now the 11th most populous city in the U.S., up from 14th on April 1, 2010.

And while COVID-19 has changed so much in the past year, Austin still saw major growth. LinkedIn data from April through October of last year show for every one person who moves to San Francisco, 2.9 people move to Austin – a 3-to-1 ratio.