GTT or “Gone to Texas” was used by many American immigrants to Texas in the 1800s. Many reported seeing empty cabins with the GTT paints or scratched into the doors of abandoned homes. That might be the case again, nearly 200 years later as Texas is the No. 1 U.S. growth state for 2016, according to the latest U-Haul migration trends report. California has dropped to No. 49, with more people leaving, and moving to Texas. Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually. While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well states are attracting and maintaining residents, according to the Phoenix-based company. "Everything in Texas is growing exponentially," said Zane Rowland, U-Haul Company of North East Dallas president. "Our market is strong. Lots of major companies are moving to Texas because of the tax breaks. Between the low cost of living, the abundance of job opportunities and the ability to start a business, many people want to move to Texas." The Lone Star State has gained large operations, or seen expansions of existing operations, with the likes of Toyota, Apple and Amazon to increase employment opportunities.
- Fort Worth Business, February 3, 2017