U-Haul thinks it knows which state grew the fastest in 2018: Texas.
The moving truck and equipment rental company says it determines how fast states are growing based on the number of U-Haul trucks that pull into a state compared to the volume leaving. That means Texas had the biggest net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks, up 5 percent last year, compared to 2017 .
It was also the third straight year Texas has ranked as U-Haul's top growth state. It's a big change from 2015, when the Lone Star State ranked 39th on the state growth list. Florida was U-Haul's second fastest-growing state in 2018, followed by South Carolina.
New Mexico ranked 19th on U-Haul's growth list last year, the same spot it held in 2017.
On the other end of the growth list, Illinois ranked last among all states with the most net departures of U-Haul trucks.
By the way, El Paso was among the Texas cities that saw net gains in U-Haul trucks, helping to fuel the state's growth.