If it seems like everyone is moving to Houston these days, perhaps that’s because they are. For the fourth year running, U-Haul has ranked Houston No. 1 on its list of “The U-Haul 2012 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities.”
The company bases its annual destination ranking on the number of movers renting a truck one-way — totaling more than 1.6 million transactions — and those stats are consistent with the overall pattern of recent population growth: According to census data, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land added more than 125,000 residents between July 2011 and July 2012, the second highest number in the United States behind only Dallas-Fort Worth.
Orlando, Fla. ranked No. 2 on U-Haul’s list, followed by Chicago, Las Vegas and San Antonio. Austin came in at No. 5 on the list for the second year in a row; Dallas fell from No. 15 to No. 17; and Plano and Fort Worth landed No. 25 and No. 26, respectively.