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An analysis of moving trends by truck rental company U-Haul shows Connecticut may be attracting more residents than in years past.
U-Haul’s Growth Index, released Monday, named Connecticut the 18th-most moved-to state in the country in 2021, a dramatic rise from its place at No. 43 on the list the year before.
The report, which drew its conclusions based on the number of one-way U-Haul trucks entering each state, did not say exactly how many people arrived in or left Connecticut in 2021.
The state’s new ranking places it ahead of most other Northeast states, including New Hampshire (No. 25), Rhode Island (No. 32), New York (No. 45) and Massachusetts (No. 47).
In general, the U-Haul study found that Americans are increasingly abandoning the Northeast and West Coast and moving south, especially to Texas, which came in at No. 1 on the growth index.
Connecticut’s improved showing in the U-Haul report is at odds with a similar study from United Van Lines, the country’s largest household goods mover, which calculated that 60% of moves to or from the state in 2021 were outbound.
That figure made Connecticut the fourth-most moved-from state in the U.S. last year, according to United Van Lines, behind only New Jersey, Illinois and New York.
The most authoritative source for state population data, the U.S. Census, found that Connecticut actually gained more residents than it lost from mid-2020 to mid-2021, with the state adding 5,337 people. Because the Census measured from July 2020 to July 2021, and did not include the last six months of 2021, a direct comparison with the U-Haul and United Van Lines data is not yet possible.