A popular measuring stick for which states shows that Oregon was a less-popular moving destination in 2023. But, two Central Oregon communities were among the top growth cities in the state.
The U-Haul Growth Index finds that Oregon ranked the 37th state in the nation for one-way U-Haul traffic destinations. That’s down 15 spots from its ranking of No. 22 in 2022. It was the largest drop of any state year-over-year.
“One-way U-Haul customers arriving in Oregon fell more than 11% from 2022 while departures fell nearly 10% as overall moving traffic slowed,” U-Haul said in its announcement.
U-Haul cautions that its migrations trends “do not correlate directly to population or economic growth.” But it says the index is a gauge of how well states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents.
The top growth cities in Oregon were Bend and Roseburg, according to U-Haul. It says other notable net-gain markets included Redmond, Beaverton, Grants Pass, Hillsboro, The Dalles, La Grande, Forest Grove, Albany and Tigard.
“The U-Haul Growth Index is compiled according to the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks, trailers and U-Box moving containers arriving in a city or state, versus departing from that city or state, in a calendar year,” U-Haul said. “Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2.5 million one-way U-Haul customer transactions that occur annually across the U.S. and Canada.”
The announcement should not be surprising. U.S. Census data shows that Oregon’s population has declined in each of the last two years. The Oregonian reports the state lost 6,029 residents overall in the 12 months ending on July 1, 2023. That’s in addition to a loss of about 16,000 the 12 months prior — which was the first time in decades that Oregon had an overall population decline.
The top 10 states on the U-Haul Growth index were:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
California ranked last at No. 50.