Friday, April 03, 2009

People Voting With Their Feet: Atlanta Ranks #1


PHOENIX (March 31, 2009)U-Haul International today released the results of the annual 2008 U-Haul National Migration Trend Report, titled "The 2008 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities." The report was compiled from more than 1 million U-Haul truck transactions occurring between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2008.

According to moving data reflective of nationwide statistics for calendar year 2008, Atlanta takes the No. 1 spot for the second year in a row, while Houston takes second place, moving up from the No. 8 rank last year. Los Angeles climbed to No. 3 from No. 13 last year, while Las Vegas maintained at No. 4 for the second year in a row, and Denver, Colo. moved up to fifth place from the No. 9 rank last year. Portland, Ore.; Chicago, San Antonio, Austin, Texas and Orlando, Fla. rounded out the top 10 (see top 15 above).


14 Comments:

At 4/03/2009 4:31 PM, Anonymous Ralph Short said...

The question has to be why is Phila. no. 13. Perhaps, it is disaster relief people being sent there.

 
At 4/03/2009 4:39 PM, Blogger Sotosoroto said...

The Philly migrants may be from NYC, as the Portland newcomers might be from Seattle. Slightly better opportunities for those who don't want to venture far?

 
At 4/03/2009 4:45 PM, Blogger 1 said...

I can't figure out why Chicago should be #7 since the head parasite is considering extorting more from the productive instead of dumping useless socialist safety net programs...

 
At 4/03/2009 5:07 PM, Blogger OA said...

Some odd things there. They should do a mileage weighted list. Likely lots of short hauls that aren't really big moves. For example, 50. Santa Monica and 22. Van Nuys are effectively within Los Angeles. 45. Long Beach is contiguous.

I'd guess most of those trips are one part of Los Angeles to there. And moves from these same places to "Los Angeles" bump that stat.

 
At 4/03/2009 5:15 PM, Blogger 1 said...

Interesting nugget from the Detroit News:

Leaving Michigan Behind: Eight-year population exodus staggers state
Outflow of skilled, educated workers crimps Michigan's recovery


The state's net loss to outmigration -- the number of people leaving the state minus those moving in from other states -- has skyrocketed since 2001. Although the Census Bureau does not report totals moving in and out each year, Internal Revenue Service records show that the population decline is a result of two disturbing trends: The number of Michigan residents leaving the state rose 25 percent between 2001 and 2007, while the number of new residents moving in plummeted by nearly one-third.

Since 2001, migration has cost Michigan 465,000 people, the equivalent of the combined populations of Grand Rapids, Warren and Sterling Heights -- the state's second-, third- and fourth-largest cities.
...

Maybe Michigan should reconsider its sixth highest tax ranking as an incentive to help keep people there...

 
At 4/03/2009 7:26 PM, Blogger Richard Rider, Chair, San Diego Tax Fighters said...

These figures are not very helpful for two reasons.

1. It does not show the DEPARTURES from cities. A NET figure is far more meaningful.

2. It makes no allowance for the SIZE of the destination. For instance, for AUSTIN to have more arrivals than SAN DIEGO is much more impressive when one realizes that SD is 80% larger than Austin.

NET domestic migration (movement between states) is a more meaningful figure.

Consider California’s net domestic migration. From April, 2000 through June, 2008 (8 years, 2 months), California has lost a NET 1.4 million people. The departures slowed this past year only because people couldn’t sell their homes.

http://www.mdp.state.md.us/msdc/Pop_estimate/Estimate_08/table5.pdf

These are not welfare kings and queens departing. They are the young, the productive, the ambitious, the wealthy (such as Tiger Woods), and retirees seeking to make their pensions provide more bang for the buck.

The irony is that a disproportionate number of these seniors are retired state and local government employees fleeing the state that provides them with their opulent pensions – in order to avoid the high taxes that these same employees pushed so hard through their unions.

 
At 4/03/2009 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop coming to Colorado unless you are a conservative! We are sick to death of the californians moving here and turning our conservative state into a liberal cesspool!

 
At 4/03/2009 11:36 PM, Anonymous 2008 Taxes said...

Taxas is the one state that didn't get hit by the recession. I find it interesting they they are also the most Christian state in the US.

 
At 4/03/2009 11:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are the biggest markets for illegal drugs?

 
At 4/04/2009 3:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems Southern states are attracting residents.

 
At 4/04/2009 10:39 AM, Blogger marketdoc said...

A former truck driver recently told me there is an old saying that goes something like "before you die you must travel through Atlanta!"

 
At 4/04/2009 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, Obama and the Democrats have us all on the road to Detroit. While your kids were sleeping they voted to burden their futures, in a way that defies any convention of morality, by passing Obama's 3.5 trillion dollar budget.

As Sen. Judd Gregg, Obama's choice to head up the Commerce Dept. before he withdrew his nomination, put it:

"The practical implications of this is bankruptcy for the United States," said Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. "There's no other way around it. If we maintain the proposals which are in this budget over the 10-year period that this budget covers, this country will go bankrupt. People will not buy our debt; our dollar will become devalued."

Yes, the economy will recover and limp along until the weight of the fiscal burden, imposed by the Democrats, finally brings it down.

 
At 4/04/2009 11:33 AM, Blogger Sean C said...

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At 4/04/2009 11:35 AM, Blogger Sean C said...

Explain how this stat is helpful at all in terms of making your point when CA has 3 cities in Top 15. The state is bankrupt and Arnold and the Dem legislature keep raising any tax they can. Maybe it's the housing deals in these states..

 

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