Frankly, I was surprised to see New York and Wisconsin on the list. I was under the impression these states were population neutral or seeing modest declines.
One issue with U-Haul’s study is the demographic this study captures. They are a do-it-yourself mover that provides the equipment and you provide the muscle. [disclaimer – I had a U-Haul metal toy truck as a kid with steerable wheels]
Seems like the flaw here is the stats apply to people who move themselves to these locations. The results contrast those of United Van Lines a few months ago for all but one of the states that U-Haul mentioned (Tennessee was a top inbound state in both surveys).
Nevertheless, its fun stuff and it never ceases to amaze me how companies try to leverage their information into some sort of study.