Jan 6, 2022 - Real Estate

The world has discovered west central Florida

A Uhaul truck
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Five of the nation's 25 highest growth cities are in Tampa Bay or west central Florida, according to transactional data compiled for the annual U-Haul Growth Index.

  • North Port, Fort Myers-North Fort Myers, Sarasota-Bradenton, Brandon-Riverview and Ocala all made the list, calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul's entering a city versus leaving that city in a calendar year.
  • Kissimmee-St. Cloud, 30 miles south of Orlando, netted more movers than any market in America.

The big picture: Florida had the second-most inbound moves behind Texas, up 27% year-over-year.

  • Departures increased 24% from 2020 as overall moving traffic surged.

Why it matters: While it only accounts for do-it-yourself movers in U-Haul trucks, the data shows yet again that Florida's Gulf Coast remains one of the most competitive growth markets in the country.

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