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Florida has 10 of the top 25 U.S. growth cities, including the top market in Kissimmee-St. Cloud, according to transactional data compiled by U-Haul. Growth cities are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a city or market versus leaving that same city or market in a calendar year.

“Florida remains competitive, especially during the COVID era,” says Miguel Caminos, U-Haul Company of Orlando president. “It’s not just people moving to Florida, but businesses moving because they see better opportunities there.”

In addition to Kissimmee-St. Cloud, Palm Bay-Melbourne, North Port, Fort Myers-North Fort Myers, Clermont, Sarasota-Bradenton, Daytona Beach, Port St. Lucie, Brandon-Riverview, and Ocala all rank in the top 25, according to U-Haul.

“Florida has always been a destination location for retirees, but more so (in 2021), I think a lot of people took early retirements and decided to come down,” says Mario Martinez, U-Haul area district vice president of South Florida.

The Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, market—the top growth city in 2019—and Madison, Wisconsin, also feature in the top five.

Texas has five growth cities in the top 25, including College Station-Bryan, Grapevine, Austin, Richardson, and Carrollton. According to U-Haul, Florida and Texas account for 60% of the top 25 growth cities. Additionally, Texas and Florida rank as the No. 1 and No. 2 growth states during 2021, according to U-Haul.

While California ranks last among U-Haul growth states, it features two of the top growth cities—Sacramento-Roseville and San Diego.

Tennessee, South Carolina, and Arizona round out the top five growth states while Indiana, Colorado, Maine, Idaho, and New Mexico all feature in the top 10 growth states of 2021. Similarly to growth cities, growth states are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving the state during the calendar year.

“We see a lot of growth coming from the East and West Coast,” says Matt Merrill, U-Haul area district vice president of the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex and west Texas. “A lot of people are moving here from California and New York. We also see a lot of people coming in from the Chicago markets.”

Several Northeast markets experience year-over-year migration recoveries, including Maine (up 21 spots), Vermont (up 14 spots), and Connecticut (up 25 spots). Three of the six states with the largest net losses were also in the Northeast: New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.