U-Haul Names Kentucky Top Growth State

U-Haul Truck

I admit I’m late to the party but just now, I read that Kentucky topped the U-Haul yearly survey as the state with the greatest growth rate. Amazing!

U-Haul International, Inc. today released the results of the annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report, reflecting the nation’s top growth states for families who moved during 2009. The report, titled “2009 Top 10 U.S. Growth States,” indicates that for states with more than 20,000 families moving, Kentucky had the highest percentage of growth, with 5.76 percent more families moving into the state than out. For states with 5,000 – 20,000 families moving, Vermont had the highest percentage, with a growth rate of 16.67 percent in 2009, moving Maine to second place after two years of ranking first.

I’m quite surprised by this news as my perception was that states like Arizona, Texas, and Florida received the lion’s share of incoming families. This satisfying piece of news joins the rest of the amazing accolades that Louisville, Kentucky has received lately.

Below are the results and rankings of the top growth states for 2009. It’s interesting to see that not only did Kentucky come out on top, but it was almost a two percentage point margin over the second-place state which was Florida.

  1. KENTUCKY 5.76%
  2. FLORIDA 3.79%
  3. GEORGIA 3.17%
  4. OKLAHOMA 2.59%
  5. ILLINOIS 2.12%
  6. ALABAMA 2.07%
  7. WASHINGTON 1.99%
  8. LOUISIANA 1.46%
  10. ARIZONA 0.52%

It’ll be interesting to check back and see how 2010 turned out.