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DIY Movers Hauled In and Out of Denver in 2021

Denver was the No. 21 “growth city” in the U.S. last year – at least in terms of do-it-yourself movers arriving in the Mile High City with their stuff in U-Haul trucks. Colorado ranked No. 7 among all states in 2021 for growth as measured by one-way U-Haul moves.

According to U-Haul’s annual growth index, people coming to Denver in one-way U-Haul trucks in 2021 rose 50 percent year-over-year, while departures rose 47 percent.

The Kissimmee-St. Cloud (Florida) corridor was the leading growth city of 2021, according to the index. The markets of Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina), Palm Bay-Melbourne (Florida), North Port (Florida) and Madison (Wisconsin) rounded out the top five.

Make what you will of the index. Maybe southerners, or people making the move to college towns (in the case of Madison) are just more apt than others to move themselves.

Whatever can be gleaned from the U-Haul chart, Florida landed 10 markets in the top 25 of growth cities. Texas had five cities on the list, while North Carolina, Wisconsin and California had two each.

Growth cities are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a city vs. leaving that city in a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck customer transactions annually.

(Illustration by: Drew Thurston)