North Carolina beat out neighboring Virginia for the top spot in U-Haul's ranking of states with the largest number of newcomers in 2015.
The Tar Heel State secured the biggest net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering the state versus the number leaving the state during the past calendar year. Ohio, Florida, and California rounded out the top five, while Illinois saw the most net departures. U-Haul says the migration trends data was compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occurred in 2015.
Washington, New York, Arkansas, Maine and Utah complete the top 10 growth states. While U-Haul migration trends don’t correlate directly to population or economic growth, the data is a strong gauge of how well states are attracting and keeping residents.