Idaho Grows More Than Potatoes


Idaho is the ninth-highest growth state in America, according to 2021 transactional data compiled for the annual U-Haul Growth Index. People coming to Idaho in one-way U-Haul trucks increased more than 1% year-over-year, while departures remained the same as 2020. Arriving customers accounted for nearly 50.5% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Idaho during 2021 to make it a leading state for netting do-it-yourself movers. 

Idaho has registered as a net-gain state for U-Haul trucks every year since 2015, and this marks the third time it has been a top-10 state for growth in the last six years.

While U-Haul migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, the U-Haul Growth Index is an effective gauge of how well states are both attracting and maintaining residents. Growth states are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state in a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from well over 2 million one-way U-Haul truck customer transactions that occur annually.

U-Haul customers made Texas the No. 1 growth state of 2021, followed by Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and Arizona. It is the second year in a row that the same three states comprised the top three, with Tennessee taking top honors in 2020. Idaho’s top growth cities are Moscow, Coeur d’Alene and Twin Falls. Other notable net-gain cities include Post Falls, Pocatello, Ammon, Lewiston and Nampa.

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