U-Haul Ranks Maryland the No. 44 Growth State Of 2022

BALTIMORE — Maryland is the No. 44 growth state in America, according to the U-Haul® Growth Index analyzing customer moves during 2022. 

People arriving in Maryland in one-way U-Haul trucks fell 10% from 2021, while departures dropped almost 9% year-over-year as overall traffic slowed. 

Do-it-yourself movers arriving in Maryland accounted for 49.6% of all one-way U-Haul truck traffic in and out of the state (50.4% departures). Maryland slipped 10 spots from its No. 34 ranking among growth states in 2021. 

The U-Haul Growth Index is compiled according to the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks arriving in a city or state, versus departing from that city or state, in a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck transactions that occur annually across the U.S. and Canada. 

Texas paced the nation in growth for the fifth time since 2016. Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia round out the top five growth states. California ranks 50th and Illinois 49th for the third year in a row, indicating those states saw the largest net losses of one-way U-Haul trucks. 

Maryland’s top growth cities are Baltimore, Hagerstown, Frederick and the Berlin-Ocean City corridor. Other notable net-gain markets include Rockville, Bel Air, Catonsville, Glen Burnie, Owings Mills, Landover, Lanham and Woodlawn. 

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 and cities are both attracting and maintaining residents. Visit myuhaulstory.com to view the additional growth state releases and national releases from the U-Haul Growth Index. 

2022 U-Haul Growth States 

1. TEXAS (1) 
2. FLORIDA (2) 
5. VIRGINIA (31) 
7. ARIZONA (5) 
8. GEORGIA (23) 
9. OHIO (24) 
10. IDAHO (9) 
11.  COLORADO (7) 
12.  UTAH (28) 
13. NEVADA (29) 
14.  INDIANA (6) 
15.  MISSOURI (39) 
16.  WISCONSIN (13) 
17.  MINNESOTA (17) 
18.  MONTANA (22) 
19.  NEW MEXICO (10) 
20.  ALABAMA (46) 
21.  IOWA (27) 
22. OREGON (14) 
23. WASHINGTON (15) 
26. KENTUCKY (38) 
27. DELAWARE (30) 
29. MAINE (8) 
30. VERMONT (12) 
31. SOUTH DAKOTA (11) 
32. NEBRASKA (20) 
33. WYOMING (21) 
35. LOUISIANA (43) 
36. WASHINGTON D.C.* (35) 
37.  NORTH DAKOTA (33) 
38.  NEW HAMPSHIRE (25) 
39. KANSAS (40) 
40.  RHODE ISLAND (32) 
41.  ALASKA (16) 
42.  OKLAHOMA (44) 
43.  ARKANSAS (41) 
44.  MARYLAND (34) 
45.  NEW JERSEY (36) 
46.  NEW YORK (45) 
48. MICHIGAN (42) 
49. ILLINOIS (49) 
50. CALIFORNIA (50) 

2021 growth rankings in parentheses 

* Washington, D.C. is its own U-Haul market and is listed among growth states for migration trends purposes. Hawaii is omitted since state-to-state U-Haul truck moves do not occur. 

U-Haul is the authority on migration trends thanks to its expansive network that blankets all 10 provinces and 50 states. The geographical coverage from 23,000 U-Haul truck- and trailer-sharing locations provides a broad overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry. 

Small business owners who are interested in joining the U-Haul Dealer Network at no cost and earning commissions from U-Haul rental transactions can visit uhaul.com/dealer to learn more and submit information to be contacted by a local representative. 

About U-HAUL 

Founded in 1945, U-Haul is the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 23,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 offers secure access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day through the customer dispatch option on their smartphones and our proprietary Live Verify technology. Our customers’ patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to approximately 186,000 trucks, 128,000 trailers and 46,000 towing devices. U-Haul is the third largest self-storage operator in North America and offers 895,000 rentable storage units and 76.6 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities. U-Haul is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S., and continues to be the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. U-Haul has been recognized repeatedly as a leading “Best for Vets” employer and was recently named one of the 15 Healthiest Workplaces in America.  

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  1. Who can afford to live in Maryland? I made $70,000 a year and couldn’t afford to buy my family a home nor could I afford to rent a home
    I moved to Kentucky, make the same amount of money, bought a house for $170,000 which would have cost me at least $425,000 in Maryland, taxes are no where near as high in Maryland, my car insurance rates dropped, and fuel is cheaper

    Goodbye forever Maryland!!!

    1. And fewer kids graduate HS, there are fewer folks with post HS degrees, roughly 30% lower per capita GDP, 30% lower per capita income, KY in bottom 10 states for healthcare vs MD in Top 10…KY is in Top for poverty level and has one of the higher percentages of its population on KY….yeah…that sounds like a great place!!

      1. Kentucky is a absolute wonderful place to live, my kids are doing just fine in the public schools here. I do believe you are jealous of what I’ve done hence your absurd and rude comment but having been on this site and seeing what you and everyone go back and forth about that is definitely no surprise
        If you like Maryland then stay there, it’s definitely not for a blue collar worker like myself, if you took a moment to read my comment you would see that by moving to Kentucky I gained so much vs if I were to stay in Maryland I’d have absolutely nothing
        The healthcare here is fine, my parents are both elderly and receive excellent care, even my grandmother is 94 and has a nurse daily visit her home to take care of her and help with basic chores around her home
        I also do not know why you would comment about the income level? I make the exact same amount here as I did in Maryland and the cost of living is a fraction of what it is back in Maryland (I guess you missed that part) so why would I have even consider staying there? Maryland is only for the rich, the home prices are unaffordable along with rent
        Maryland has a average income of like $60,000 a year so why do homes cost $300,000 plus? It makes absolutely no sense and is why Maryland has almost the lowest percentage of population growth.
        If you like the high cost of living in Maryland feel free to stay there, I really don’t care but I can guarantee by your rudeness that you’re jealous that I’ve made something of myself

        1. Funny how you claim I didn’t read your post when you clearly did not read mine. Compared to MD on all the topics you mentioned, KY is far behind. But if living in a subpar state with supbar services makes you happy more power to you. MD doesn’t have “almost the lowest population growth”. If you and other would actually bother to read the piece above you will see the text that clearly states this does not represent population growth.

  2. Liberals destroy once great areas like Maryland. I can’t move do to family situation although I’m retired. I love the weather here but the politics suck!

  3. I must agree that I see more people moving out than moving in. I cannot afford to retire here at 68, so I am still working. Maybe they meant #44 for just using U-Haul. More than likely to move out.

    1. All my family left a few years ago, I’m the only schmuck still here but it won’t be long and then I’m out

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