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Michigan slips two spots in U-Haul's 2021 Growth Index

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The annual index is a barometer for state migration trends.

U-Haul ranks the 50 states migration based on what it calls “transactional data.” It counts one-way truck rentals; the number of moves coming and going. In Michigan there was plenty of activity with a 14% increase in the number of one-way arrivals to the state, but departures also climbed 15% year-over year. A net difference dropping Michigan from 40th growth state in 2020 to number 42 in 2021.

U-Haul says in Michigan the top growth cities are Grand Rapids, Walker, Southfield, Wyoming, Waterford Township, Troy, Rochester Hills and Ann Arbor. Other notable net-gain West Michigan cities include Ionia, Muskegon and Holland.

Nationally, Texas is the number one growth state followed by Florida and Tennessee. California came in last.

U-Haul annually counts more than two million one-way transactions.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.