Each year, U-haul provides data that shows what states people are leaving and what states people are moving to based on rentals of its trucks and trailers.
In 2021, U-Haul reported that Texas, followed closely by Florida, was the number one beneficiary of people moving in from other US states.
However, the company was not able to supply completely accurate data on what states people are fleeing because it ran out of trucks in California because of the mass exodus. Even with that, California still finished first as the state people most wanted to leave in 2021, followed by Illinois.
California is 50th and Illinois 49th on the list for the second consecutive year, indicating those states once again witnessed the largest net losses of one-way U-Haul trucks. . . . California remained the top state for out-migration, but its net loss of U-Haul trucks wasn’t as severe as in 2020. That can be partially attributed to the fact that U-Haul simply ran out of inventory to meet customer demand for outbound equipment. [Emphasis added].