Tennessee leads the nation as a U-Haul move destination

Photo by Dave Flessner / U Haul trucks line one of the company's 20,000 dealer locations on Hixson Pike in Chattanooga. U-Haul is the most popular moving truck rental company in the business and last year the company said Tennessee had the most inmigration of moves of any U.S. state.

Work-from-home orders and job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted more Americans to pack up and head to other states in 2020.

Among those who rented one-way U-Hauls to relocate, Tennessee was the top destination state last year, according to a new report by America's biggest moving equipment rental company.

In Tennessee, arrivals accounted for 50.6% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Tennessee, up 12% over the previous year. Meanwhile, departures rose only 9% over 2019 in Tennessee.

"I'm seeing a lot of people from California move [to Tennessee] because they're attracted to our lifestyle," said Jeff Porter of U-Haul Company of Nashville. "Tennessee also has no income tax, plenty of jobs and is business friendly."