U-Haul released the results of its 2005 Migration Trend Report, which identifies the nation's top growth areas and destination cities. The report was compiled from more than 1.6 million U-Haul transactions between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2005.
"The report, reflective of growth patterns of the United States during 2005, was compiled based on nationwide trends in cities of all sizes, and reflects communities with more than 5,000 families moving in or out of an area," said John "J.T." Taylor, executive vice president. "Growth cities were then determined by calculating the percentage of inbound vs. outbound moves for each area."
Report findings include:
- For states with more than 20,000 families moving, Florida had the highest percentage for growth, with 2.7 percent more families moving into the state than out.
- For states with 5,000 to 20,000 families moving, Maine had the highest percentage of growth for the fourth year in a row, with 14.6 percent more families moving in than out.
- For cities with more than 10,000 families moving, Austin, Texas, has the highest percentage of growth, with 6.5 percent more families moving in than out.
- For cities with 5,000 to 10,000 families moving, Boise, Idaho, had the highest percentage of growth for the second year in a row, with 12.9 percent more families moving in than out.
- Toronto was the top Canadian destination city for the fourth year in a row, while Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal held their respective positions for the second year. Ottawa, Vancouver, London, Hamilton, Kitchener and Halifax rounded out the top 10.
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