California Saw Largest Net Loss in Residents in 2021 as People Flee to Red States
Democrat-run states losing more people to Republican-led areas
California saw the biggest net loss in U-Haul migration last year as droves of residents flee to red states, according to a new report released on Monday.
The U-Haul Growth Index calculates the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering states versus leaving in a calendar year, finding that the state had the largest net losses in one-way U-Haul trucks in 2021.
California, with its restrictive leftist policies, was at the top of the list for out-migration in 2021.
But its net loss of U-Haul trucks "wasn’t as severe as 2020."
According to analysts, the reason was partly due to U-Haul running "out of inventory to meet customer demand for outbound equipment."
As for texas, the state took the top spot for growth in 2021, which was closely followed by Florida, both red states.
The report stated:
"Arrivals made up 50.2% of all one-way U-Haul traffic" last year in the Lone Star state.
The five biggest gainers were, you guessed it, red states, these include:
- South Carolina
U-Haul Area district vice president, Matt Merrill, said:
"We see a lot of growth coming from the East and West Coast.
“A lot of people moving here from California [and] New York.
"We also see a lot of people coming in from the Chicago markets.
"I think that's a lot due to the job growth — a lot of opportunity here.
"The cost of living here is much lower than those areas.
"Texas is open for business."
California experienced sluggish population growth in the past ten years, according to data from the 2020 Census.
California is also seeing a big decline in people migrating to the state, according to a California Policy Lab report.
U-Haul also noted that while migration trends are not directly correlated to population growth, "the U-Haul Growth Index is an effective gauge of how well cities are both attracting and maintaining residents."
Last year, Neon Nettle reported on a study tracking migration patterns in the United States and discovered that people are leaving states and cities run by Democrats.
It showed Americans flocked to Republican-dominant areas in a trend that appears to have been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The shift was noted in the annual study conducted by United Van Lines, the nation's largest mover of household goods.