May 19, 2022

U-Haul Growth Index: Alabama Ranks 46th for Growth in 2021 |


Alabama is America’s No.46 growth state, according to 2021 transactional data compiled for the U-Haul Annual Growth Index.

People coming to Alabama in one-way U-Haul trucks increased 17% year-over-year, while departures rose more than 20% from 2020 as overall traffic moving increased.

Inbound customers accounted for 49.6% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Alabama in 2021, ranking it 46th for self-reliant movers. Alabama has fallen 24 spots from its No.22 ranking on the U-Haul Growth Index in 2020.

Growth states are calculated as the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state in a calendar year. Migration trend data is compiled from the more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck customer transactions that occur each year.

U-Haul customers made Texas the # 1 growth state in 2021, followed by Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and Arizona. This is the second year in a row that the same three states have made the top three, with Tennessee taking the highest honors in 2020. Texas is the leading growing state for the fourth time in the past six years, and no ‘has never been lower than No.1. 2 in this interval.

California ranks 50th and Illinois 49th for the second year in a row, indicating that these states had the largest net losses of one-way U-Haul trucks.

The most important growth cities in Alabama are the Auburn-Opelika, Foley and Huntsville market.

Other notable net gain towns include Troy, Fairhope, Madison, Pelham, Enterprise, Athens, Hoover, Gadsden, Prattville, Albertville, Northport, Chelsea, Anniston and Homewood.

While U-Haul migration trends do not directly correlate with population or economic growth, the U-Haul Growth Index is an effective indicator of states’ ability to attract and retain residents.