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Florida is the #2 Growth State in 2021

Annual U-Haul ranking report lists Florida as the 2nd most popular moving destination in the U.S.

People continue moving to Florida, and in large numbers!  Based upon U-Haul's annual ranking report, Florida was named as the number 2 growth state in 2021, narrowly being beaten out by Texas for the accolade as the nation's top growth state.

U-Haul's ranking list, which comprises more than 2-million truck-sharing transactions that occur annually, calculates growth states by looking at the net gain of U-Haul trucks entering a given state, vs leaving it, in a single calendar year.

Miguel Caminos, U-Haul Company of Orlando President states "Central Florida is really booming. I can’t think of any major suburb where there aren’t home developments or new shopping centers being built. There’s an expectation of comfort for people moving here. They know there are jobs. Plus, there are tons of attractions, and our state is family-friendly. The weather is perfect, and no matter where you live, you’re less than an hour from the beach.”

After Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and Arizona were the #3, #4 and #5 top growth states respectively.

With an influx of people moving to the sunshine state each year, Florida is ranked as the 3rd most populated state behind California (39.5 million) and Texas (29 million). To view the size of Florida's metropolitan areas, and how they compare, visit our Florida's 10 Largest Metropolitan Areas page.

 Top Growth States (2021)

Rank State Population
1. Texas 29.0 Million
2. Florida 21.8 Million
3. Tennessee 7.0 Million
4. South Carolina 5.2 Million
5. Arizona 7.2 Million
U-Haul further examines their data of one-way destination trips (of which their trucks are being driven) to determine the top growth cities in Florida. For your convenience, we have mapped these top 10 growth cities in Florida to provide a visual of the growing cities people are moving to.

Top Growth Cities in Florida (2021)

Rank City Region
1. Kissimmee - St. Cloud
2. Palm Bay - Melbourne
3. North Port
4. Fort Myers - North Fort Myers
5. Clermont
6. Sarasota - Bradenton
7. Daytona Beach
8. Port St. Lucie
9. Brandon - Riverview
10. Ocala

Map of Florida's Top Growth Cities (2021)