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Report: Florida overtakes Texas for No. 1 state for net population growth

Posted at 12:53 PM, Jan 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 13:32:34-05

Everybody is moving to Florida – or so it seems many days on our clogged, bumper-to-bumper highways and interstates.

New data compiled by U-Haul shows that the Sunshine State was the top state for population growth in 2019, overtaking Texas for the first time in four years. Florida was No. 2 in U-Haul’s study from 2016-2018.

U-Haul says their "Growth State” data is calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state during a calendar year.

“Florida has been showing signs of growth for a decade,” said Miguel Caminos, U-Haul Company of Orlando president. “Central Florida is really booming. I can’t think of any major suburb where there aren’t home developments or new shopping centers being built."

Top states for population growth in 2019:

  • Florida
  • Texas
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Washington

So, where are people not moving to?

U-Haul says California ranked 49th, and Illinois was 50th for the fourth time in five years.