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Booming Austin suburb hauls in top spot among growing U.S. cities

Booming Austin suburb hauls in top spot among growing U.S. cities

Round Rock at sunset
Round Rock rocks another list. Photo by Riser Aerial

In recent months, Round Rock has been called "the coolest suburb" in America, clocked in among the country's fastest-growing cities, and declared one of the best places to live. So it should be no surprise that U-Haul calculated the Austin suburb as one of the top U.S. cities for growth. 

In its annual report, released January 7, the company details migration trends across the U.S. Analyzing data from 2019, the moving and rental company placed Round Rock-Pflugerville at No. 5 among the 2019 U-Haul Growth Cities. Not far behind is the San Antonio suburb of New Braunfels, which ranked No. 11 on the list.

To determine the country's top 25 growth cities, U-Haul analyzed more than 2 million rental transactions over the calendar year. It then calculated the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering an area versus those leaving an area.

Unlike U.S. Census Bureau or real estate data, the company says its U-Haul Growth Cities offers a snapshot of an area's retention rates versus strictly growth.

"While U-Haul migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, the company's growth data is an effective gauge of how well cities and states are attracting and maintaining residents," it explains in a release. 

In addition to Round Rock-Pflugerville and New Braunfels, Spring-The Woodlands (14) and McKinney (No. 17) also made the list.

The top spot this year went to Raleigh-Durham, where arrivals accounted for nearly 51.4 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic. In its explanation as to why the North Carolina hub is growing, the company points to the region's booming tech sector, which is says rivals that of the Capital City.

"We have tons of businesses coming here, bringing new residents in U-Haul trucks," said Kris Smith, U-Haul Company of Raleigh president, in a release. "Raleigh-Durham is rivaling Austin for attracting tech businesses and young professionals. We're seeing Silicon Valley talent and companies flock to the area. With a competitive cost of living, good wages, and job growth, Raleigh-Durham is experiencing a boom in population."

But when it came to the top growth state, neither Texas nor North Carolina got the No. 1 spot. That honor went to Florida, which took the crown from Texas, the winner in 2018. The Sunshine State claimed seven cities among the top 25, including five in the top 10.