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The do-it-yourself company just announced the most popular cities people moved to in 2022. No surprise that a few Florida cities made the list. U-Haul’s growth index shows that people were loading one-way trucks and moving to these Florida cities.

People arriving in Lakeland in one-way U-Haul trucks increased 8% over 2021. Lakeland is becoming such a popular city in Florida for a number of reasons. First, they’re literally right in the middle of everything. Lakeland is nestled 32 miles northeast of Tampa and 49 southwest of Orlando. And it’s much more affordable than other big cities in Florida. Lakeland is also an area where you can get a home with a little more land. There’s more bang for your buck.

Florida was actually ranked second in growth states. The Sunshine State has been a top-three growth state seven years in a row. You can check out the full list of growth states for 2022 here. How did U-Haul find this out? The U-Haul Growth Index is compiled according to the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks arriving in a city or state, versus departing from that city or state, in a calendar year.

While we are well aware that many people are moving to Florida (traffic has somehow gotten WORSE), these are the top growth cities in Florida where people are relocating:

  1. Ocala
  2. Palm Bay – Melbourne
  3. North Port
  4. Lakeland

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