People Are Packing Up U-Hauls And Moving To These 7 Florida Cities
The do-it-yourself company just announced the most popular cities people moved to in 2023. 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 Palm Bay-Melbourne in one-way U-Haul trucks increased by 54.7% over 2023 compared to the 45.3% departing. Some places in this area are a lot cheaper compared to many of the northern cities people have left. Cal Conner, U-Haul Company of Eastern Florida president said one of the reasons for the large growth is “The Space Coast has many companies investing in this region and creating jobs such as Embraer, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and L3Harris Technologies.”
Lakeland is still 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 ranked second in growth states. The Sunshine State has been a top-three growth state for seven years in a row. Florida also had the most cities represented in the rankings, with 7 cities listed. Last year, only 4 cities made it into the top 25. You can check out the full list of growth states for 2023 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:
- Palm Bay – Melbourne (moved up a spot from last year)
- Kissimmee-St. Cloud
- Panama City
- North Port
- Lakeland (was number 4 in 2022)