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Madison tops U.S. growth cities of 2016

Staff Writer |
Madison, Wisconsin, heads the list of U-Haul U.S. Growth Cities as the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage rolls out its 2016 migration trends reports.

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Madison is the No. 1 growth city for locations with a population more than 50,000, rising three spots from its 2015 ranking to trump Austin and Boise for top honors.

U-Haul Growth Cities are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck arrivals over departures for a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.

U-Haul is revealing its 2016 Growth States as part of a Top 10 countdown on Twitter @uhaul and through Feb. 3, when the No. 1 state and complete rankings will be posted. Arkansas kicks off the countdown as the No. 10 growth state.

While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well cities are attracting and maintaining residents.