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This report describes a survey of U-Haul patrons regarding their experiences utilizing U-Haul to move out of the Southeast Michigan region.

Executive Summary

In the latest U-Haul Growth Index, the state of Michigan moved from ranking 48 out of 50 states up to 46. This represents a relatively small change that doesn’t relate to the documented population loss in the state.

The city of Detroit and Michigan are both at critical crossroads. Population declines are pushing local officials to come up with new and unique programs to attract new residents, new business investment, and new tax revenue.

The reasons that people leave a location can be many, but it is often a confluence of factors that include better opportunities and better amenities. Michigan is lagging in both categories with median wages stagnant and limited transportation options beyond a personal vehicle.


Transportation | Urban Studies and Planning