California Exodus: More U-Haul Trucks Left the Golden State Than Any Other State in 2022

A study carried out by truck rental company U-Haul discovered that  more moving trucks departed from California than any other state in 2022 for the third consecutive year. In addition, more Americans are heading to red states like Florida and Texas, per the new U-Haul study published on January 3, 2023. Additionally, the Carolinas witnessed significant U-Haul truck traffic.

The way U-Haul’s Growth Index is compiled is through the calculation of the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks arriving in a given city or state, compared to those leaving that city or state each calendar year throughout the US and Canada. This index is a strong indicator of what states are economically vibrant and attract the most transplants nationwide. 

Texas is the #1 destination for U-Haul trucks for the second year in a row. It has occupied this spot 5 times since 2016, per the study’s findings. Florida came in second place, which has been in the top three fastest growing states for 7 consecutive years. Other states such as Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia experienced solid growth rates in 2022. 

In the meantime, U-Haul demand for states such as California, Illinois, and New York was high throughout 2022 as increased numbers of people have fled the Midwest, Northeast, and the West Coast, per the U-Haul study.

Katabella Roberts of The Epoch Times observed that California was ranked in 50th place on U-Haul’s Growth Index, which signified that it had experienced the largest net loss of one-way U-Haul trucks going out of the state. California was followed by Illinois (49), Michigan (48), Massachusetts (47), and New York (46) on the growth index.

The numbers don’t lie. Red states are de facto safe spaces for people who want to flee the insane policies of blue states which include high taxation, big spending, woke education curriculum, and lax criminal justice policies that favor violent criminals. The beauty of the American federal system is the presence of competitive jurisdictions that allow for people to escape such insane policies. 

Sometimes one has to recognize they can only do so much politically. Eventually, they’ll have to look for greener pastures to continue with their lives. Thankfully, the US still has many states that can function as safe havens for people fleeing blue state dumpster fires. 


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