According to U-Haul, Which analyzed migration trends In 2020, those once-thriving areas saw massive demand for one-way rentals, indicating that large numbers of people renting themselves were looking to escape to less crowded destinations.
In search of more space amid the ongoing pandemic, a number of Americans have found themselves in neighboring countries such as Connecticut or Nevada. However, others fled further to Texas, Utah, Virginia, Maryland and Florida, according to the data.
Do-it-yourself moves began in April, during the height of the lockdown orders. The company said one-way rents for U-Haul trucks began to rise with each passing month.
From March to June, all of the 30 most populous US cities saw “more U-Haul trucks leave than they arrive,” according to the report.
The Bay Area and New York City were among the “most popular overseas immigration markets” during that three-month period as well as throughout 2020.
From March to December, the number of arrivals to the entire Gulf region decreased by 31% compared to 2019. Meanwhile, the number of departures was only 12% lower than their pace in 2019 “to create a disparity in the exit of more Trucks for arrivals, “Haul reported.
The East Coast faced a similar trend as the number of arrivals to New York City decreased by 35%.
However, the report noted that San Francisco was the “epicenter of the mass exodus of the Bay Area” as departures accounted for nearly 60% of all one-way traffic in U-Haul from March to June.
During the same three-month period, the number of arrivals to the five New York City boroughs decreased by 58% compared to 2019, while “departures were only restricted due to the limited fleet inventory as trucks left the city.”
The top ten destinations for the Gulf region’s engines included other parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Texas, Utah, Idaho and New Mexico.
However, the top ten destinations for New York City drives were New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Rhode Island and North Carolina.
U-Haul’s migration trend data was compiled from over 2 million one-way truck transactions over the past year.