Rumors about a Bay Area exodus are still alive and well. New data from U-Haul , a moving equipment company, shows that California has seen far more trucks leave than it entered in 2020.

The state was last on the company’s list of 2020 migration growth. It fell behind Illinois which occupied the final spot for 2019. From March to June, 58% of U-Haul one-way traffic was from San Francisco. This caused limited equipment supply in the region.

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Victor Vanegas (area vice president for U-Haul), stated in a video that “for a good portion of this year, we’ve had far fewer customers than we have actually had the equipment to service these customers.” We rely on inbound equipment to service a lot these customers, so it can be a bit more difficult to serve them when the net is not in.

The Bay Area saw a 31% drop in arrivals from March 2020 to December 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

U-Haul customers who left the Bay Area in the wake of the pandemic preferred to move within the state. The most popular destinations were the Sacramento/Roseville corridor and San Diego. Out-of-state moves were most popular in Reno, Nevada, Las Vegas, Portland, Oregon, Phoenix, and Seattle.

California is not the only state where U-Haul Bay Area customers are moving to. Other than California, Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon are the top five states to which U-Haul Bay Area customers are migrating to.

Tennessee won the award for having the highest number of U-Haul trucks enter the state in 2020. This was the first ever time Tennessee has held the top spot. Florida and Texas took second and third, respectively.

Since 2016, California has been ranked 48th (or lower)U-Haul customers who left the Bay Area in the wake of the pandemic preferred to move within the state. The most popular destinations were the Sacramento/Roseville corridor and San Diego. Out-of-state moves were most popular in Reno, Nevada, Las Vegas, Portland, Oregon, Phoenix, and Seattle.

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