BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Since 1945, U-Haul has been serving do-it-yourself movers and their households, with a network of over 21,000 locations across the U.S, and 10 Canadian provinces. According to a U-Haul migration trends report, Houston, Texas is the No. 1 U.S. destination city in America. The 'Lone Star State' has witnessed a spike in U-Haul truck arrivals, and has maintained its City's status as the busiest locale for incoming traffic among do-it-yourself movers. There are 33 U-Haul owned stores and 144 independent dealerships, currently serving do-it-yourself movers in the Houston.
Following Houston in the rankings are: 2. Chicago; 3. Orlando; 4. Brooklyn; 5. San Antonio; 6. Las Vegas; 7. Austin; 8. Philadelphia; 9. Charlotte; and 10. Columbus. See the complete top 50 Destination Cities below.
"We are an international city with a strong housing market," stated Matt Merrill, U-Haul Company of West Houston president. "The cost of living remains relatively inexpensive. The average paycheck goes further in Houston. Many companies are relocating here and bringing jobs to our communities. With U-Haul helping move people to the next chapter of their lives, I'm not surprised Houston is the top destination city again."
"Other than New York City, Houston is the most diverse city of its size in the U.S. The oil industry is growing again. We have amazing colleges. The square footage of the city is immense. You can be in the heart of the city, or you can choose to be in the suburbs to raise your family and be away from the hustle and bustle. Houstonhas something for everyone," added Robert Abidin, U-Haul Company of Northeast Houston president.
"If you drove through today, you wouldn't know Houston got destroyed by a hurricane," Merrill said. "There are a lot of people still rebuilding, but much of the damage is behind us. There are people everywhere lending a hand to help their neighbor."
Shawn W. Anderson