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Michigan slips two spots in U-Haul's annual Growth Index


U-Haul ranks the 50 states' migration based on what it calls “transactional data.” It counts one-way truck rentals; the number of moves coming and going. In Michigan there was plenty of activity with a 14% increase in the number of one-way arrivals to the state, but departures also climbed 15% year-over year. A net difference dropping Michigan from 40th growth state in 2020 to number 42 in 2021.

U-Haul says in Michigan the top growth cities are Grand Rapids, Walker, Southfield, Wyoming, Waterford Township, Troy, Rochester Hills and Ann Arbor. Other notable net-gain West Michigan cities include Ionia, Muskegon and Holland.

Nationally, Texas is the number one growth state followed by Florida and Tennessee. California came in last.

U-Haul annually counts more than two million one-way transactions.