Based on data from their truck rentals, U-Haul compiled a list of the most popular states people are moving to. So we decided to take a closer look at the top 10 on this list and expound on what makes them unique!

1. Tennessee

The number one spot goes to where you’ll find Nashville, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the birthplace of famous country singer Dolly Parton. With more than half of the state covered in forest, thousands of miles of rivers, and an affordable cost of living, it’s no wonder this state is experiencing so much popularity.

2. Texas

Behind Alaska, Texas is the second largest state in size! Besides, it’s famous for BBQ, love of football, and cowboy hats and boots. With multiple major cities like Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, and Dallas, there are more than enough places to pick from to make a new home.

3. Florida

825 miles of beaches. Lots of sunshine. Home to Disney World, Universal Parks & Resorts, and Epcot. The host of Art Basel. It seems there is something for everyone and anyone in this lovely state! You may know this already, but watch out for the gators.

4. Ohio

The Buckeye State gave us Lebron James, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. Spend some time looking at lions, bison, or sharks at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. If you’re thinking about moving here, seriously consider Columbus. Exciting cuisine, culture, and booming tech industry have made this city the most populous in the state.

5. Arizona

If you appreciate many wide open spaces and the rugged beauty of the desert, this state may be for you. After all, it features two of the most iconic landscape features in the U.S: the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley (an emblem of western movies). If you choose this state, it’s an unofficial requirement that you support Arizona State University athletics!

6. Colorado

You can go skiing in Aspen. See a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater (a venue built into the earth). Watch the Colorado Avalanche play a hockey game at Ball Arena in Denver. Or see the Great Sand Dunes, one of which is 750 feet high! This is an excellent state for free-spirited outdoorsy types. 

7. Missouri

You don’t need to go all the way to Disneyland to have a fun, family-friendly experience. You can visit Silver Dollar City, a large 1880’s themed amusement park. Or visit the Ozark Mountains for watersports, hiking, and horseback riding. If you love history, head to Kansas City, MO, to see the official WWI museum.

8. Nevada

You can’t mention this state without talking about Las Vegas. But there’s more to it than that! See the Hoover Dam, a historical and magnificent feat of engineering. There’s also the Lion Habitat Ranch, a non-profit sanctuary you can visit to see lions. Or visit the beautiful, remote Jarbidge Wilderness Area for some epic exploring.

9. North Carolina

Southern charm with a beautiful coastline. What’s not to love? Visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the southeast’s biggest one of its kind. If you’re a fan of historical dramas, then you’ll love the Biltmore Estates. This gorgeous 250-room house sits on 8,000 beautifully landscaped acres. And one of the state’s most special tours happens on the sands of the Outer Banks beaches, where you can see wild mustangs while driving along the coast!

10. Georgia

With coastal beaches, farmland, and the Blue Ridge mountains, the Peach State has it all. If you appreciate architecture, head to Savannah’s historic district to see its antebellum-era buildings. There are a lot of famous shows and movies that are filmed in this state. What’s great is that you can tour the locations where these productions were shot! Want to see the most extensive collection of Nasa Shuttle artifacts? Then you’ll want to go to the Coca-Cola Space Science Center in Columbus!

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