Californians Fleeing To Texas, U-Haul Runs Out Of Trucks To Accommodate Them

According to a new U-Haul survey, migration to southern states persisted during the pandemic, with Texas being the most popular destination.

People just carved “GTT” on trees or fence posts when they moved west from the fledgling United States because “gone to Texas” was such a well-known word during early migrations to the state. Now there’s a highway version of “GTT,” but it’s going east to west: California and Illinois were the states with the highest one-way net loss of U-Haul trucks, with almost all the traffic going to Texas and Florida.

The moving business claims it has run out of wheels for them to rent since so many Californians are fleeing the formerly Golden State, reports

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Texas ranked first in the years leading up to the epidemic, most notably from 2016 to 2018, before losing ground to Florida in 2019 and Tennessee in 2020, but the Lone Star State has recaptured the top slot.

The Texas economy is booming according to Kristina Ramos, president of U-Haul Company of South Austin.

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The net loss in California was not as large as it would have been in 2020, but here’s the kicker: According to U-Haul, this was partly due to the company’s “simply ran out of inventory to meet customer demand for outbound equipment.”

“We see a lot of growth coming from the East and West Coast,” said Matt Merrill, U-Haul Area District Vice President of the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex and West Texas. “A lot of people moving here from California (and) New York. We also see a lot of people coming in from the Chicago markets.”