Colorado no longer trucking ahead in U-Haul ranking

Colorado has dropped 26 spots in the latest analysis of national migration trends based on U-Haul truck rentals.

Within Colorado, Grand Junction ranks among the cities deemed break-even markets with an equal number of trucks arriving and departing.

Colorado dropped from 16th to 42nd in the 2019 analysis conducted by U-Haul.

U-Haul bases the ranking on one-way trucks entering and leaving a state during a calendar year. Although U-Haul truck rental statistics don’t correlate directly with population or economic growth, the information offers a comparison of how states and cities attract and maintain residents.

The information is collected from more than 22,000 U-Haul truck and trailer rental locations across the United States and Canada. U-Haul handles more than 2 million one-way truck rental transactions a year.

In Colorado, arrivals accounted for 49.7 percent of one-way U-Haul traffic, down 4 percent from 2018. Departures decreased 1 percent in 2019.

That’s a change from recent years. Colorado ranked ninth among growing states in 2017, 11th in 2016 and 22nd in 2015.

Denver and Highlands Ranch led gaining cities in Colorado in 2019. Boulder, Durango, Parker and Windsor were among other cities with net increases. Grand Junction, as well as Arvada and Littleton, were considered break-even markets.

Florida topped Texas as the top growth state in the U-Haul analysis for 2019, climbing one spot after coming in second behind Texas for three years.

North Carolina jumped 21 spots to third in the 2019 rankings, followed by South Carolina and Washington.

The Southeast accounted for four of the top six growth states with Alabama in sixth. Utah and Vermont remained among the top 10 growth states.

Illinois and California ranked 50th and 49th, respectively, with the largest net losses of moving trucks crossing their borders. Michigan came in at 48th and Massachusetts at 47th.