A lot of people are taking U-Hauls to Minnesota

People are packing up and moving their stuff here.

A lot of people are packing up and moving their stuff to Minnesota.

That's according to U-Haul. The company recently announced their annual list of migration trends, which says Minnesota came in third on the list of "Growth States."

What's a growth state? U-Haul says they are calculated by "the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state during a calendar year." Arrivals accounted for 50.9 percent of U-Haul traffic in Minnesota last year.

So basically, a lot of people are taking U-Hauls to Minnesota and staying put.

Cities like St. Paul, Mankato, Alexandria and Apple Valley helped land Minnesota in the top five, according to the report.

We're right behind Florida, which was second in the rating. Texas was named the top growth state for 2016, thanks to cities like Austin, which was the second biggest growth city in the nation. Madison, WI was ranked No. 1 on the list of growth cities.

Minnesota rose nine spots from its No. 12 growth ranking last year. Arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals went up 1 percent, while departures stayed about the same.

The company says this doesn't necessarily mean that Minnesota is third in the country for population or economic growth. But the data can help gauge how well cities are attracting and maintaining residents.

“Minnesota is growing very well as a whole,” Christopher Bohlman, U-Haul Company of Southern Minnesota president said in a news release. “We have a strong, healthy economy. The unemployment rate is very low and houses are being built in the suburbs.”

The company also said Minnesota's state parks, bike paths, and "great outdoor living" are huge draws for our state.

Read more about growth cities and states here.

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