Paced by moves to Tacoma and Olympia, Washington ranked as sixth among “growth states” in data collected by national relocation company U-Haul over the past year.
Growth states, according to U-Haul, are calculated by the net gain of one-way truck rentals entering a state compared to those leaving it. Year-over-year arrivals of the company’s one-way truck rentals rose 2 percent in 2017, while departures crept up 1 percent from the Evergreen State’s 2016 numbers.
“Washington has the full season and is a beautiful place to live,” said Dan Flatten, U-Haul Company of Southern Washington president. “It's becoming a new Silicon Valley. We have tech start-ups and new industries. I would say that's the primary driver for people moving here – the job market and the fact this state is so beautiful. It's green and there is something for everyone.”
Trucks arriving in Washington accounted for 50.3 percent of all-one way U-Haul traffic involving the state, catapulting it back among leading net-gain states. Washington jumped 10 spots from its 2016 ranking, reclaiming the sixth place it also occupied in 2015.
Driving that net gain, per U-Haul, was migration to South Sound cities. The company cited Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup, Tumwater, Lakewood, Federal Way and Kent (along with Bellingham, Longview and Port Townsend) as cities record top net gains.