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Old 03-26-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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Nearly every metro took a major hit around 2008-2009, only a few didn't take a big hit like DC and Houston.

2012 metro employment comparisons over last 10 years

KC took a hit but at least didn't go below employment levels from 10+ years ago as many other cities did. KC's employment pattern over last 10 years is more similar to Atlanta and NYC. Chicago, LA, SF, STL and others' January employment levels are still below 10 years ago - that's pretty bad. KC is slightly better than avg overall.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:10 AM
 
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I haven't been able to find migration stats newer than 2009 but given that labor force is higher than ever in KC (most cities are below 2008 peak) and now this, looks like KC might be getting a nice clip of growth...

U-Haul top destinations

1. Houston
2. Orlando
3. Las Vegas
4. Chicago
5. San Antonio
6. Austin
7. Atlanta
8. Sacramento
9. Kansas City, MO.
10. Denver

16. Columbus
23. Indianapolis
25. St. Louis
28. Minneapolis
39. Milwaukee

Of course U-Haul may have more locations in some cites than others or more moving options in lower ranked cities, which skew results, but still interesting KC hit top 10.

U-Haul Names Houston as Top 2011 Destination -- PHOENIX, March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Edit: Even more interesting, this looks to be by 'city', not metro. Not sure.

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Old 03-28-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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I haven't been able to find migration stats newer than 2009 but given that labor force is higher than ever in KC (most cities are below 2008 peak) and now this, looks like KC might be getting a nice clip of growth...

U-Haul top destinations

1. Houston
2. Orlando
3. Las Vegas
4. Chicago
5. San Antonio
6. Austin
7. Atlanta
8. Sacramento
9. Kansas City, MO.
10. Denver

16. Columbus
23. Indianapolis
25. St. Louis
28. Minneapolis
39. Milwaukee

Of course U-Haul may have more locations in some cites than others or more moving options in lower ranked cities, which skew results, but still interesting KC hit top 10.

U-Haul Names Houston as Top 2011 Destination -- PHOENIX, March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Edit: Even more interesting, this looks to be by 'city', not metro. Not sure.
Las Vegas surprises me, with its still horrible unemployment and foreclosure situation. I guess Vegas has always attracted people for some pretty irrational reasons and perhaps nothing has changed in that respect.

Sacramento is surprising as well....a wasteland of high unemployment and crime. What are people thinking?
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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come on xenokc. you know this is one of the most bogus "stats" ever. It's nothing more than an internal stat about a company and says nothing about how any of those cities compare to each other. The only thing you could do with that list is compare it to previous years assuming that the footprint of uhaul is nearly identical across the years. Then you might be able to see something that makes an ounce of sense like comparing how a city is doing in 2010 compared to 2006. But no way can you even remotley compare cities against one another with uhaul's raw stats.

It's nice to see KC crack a top ten list when it's a legit list that means something. This is not that.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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^If you read the rest of the post, I've noted that there is likely not much consistency for other reasons. Is interesting KC hit the top 10 no matter how you slice it. It's inline with growing labor force stats, so not sure how it could be called bogus. Not surprised of your comment however.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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^If you read the rest of the post, I've noted that there isn't likely consistency for other reasons. Is interesting KC hit the top 10 no matter how you slice it. It's inline with growing labor force stats, so not sure how it could be called bogus. Not surprised of your comment however.
I could be wrong, but I think KC has been in the top ten for every year uhaul has released this. Wasn't it in the top five a few years ago when KC was dumping jobs? It's a PR stat for Uhaul. Nothing more.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:05 PM
 
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Found 2007 list. No, KC was ranked 26th then...

U-Haul: About: U-Haul releases The 2007 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities Report

2005, KC ranked 22nd...
http://www.chron.com/news/article/PZ...on-1855501.php
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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I stand corrected, I could have swore KC has been a top uhaul city for some time. Still too many variables and unknowns to really make a lot of sense out of it though. I think the footprint of the city limits of KCMO really helps the city stand out though. Is this by metro or city limits alone? I thought it was city limits still I saw St Louis on there. They have to be using county data for them.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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I read U-Haul's release again and it doesn't say anything about subtracting or factoring the out-migrations. So on reflection it would seem that Las Vegas and Sacramento's high placement means nothing more than they are high-transient populations....which, of course, comes as no surprise at all.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:22 PM
 
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^Yeah, it doesn't include outbound, just inbound, and Vegas especially is highly transient.

I'm not at all taking the list too seriously, but the trend is in-line with KC's labor force increasing, so just pointing out it may be another indicator (just one tiny one) that KC might be continuing to have decent in-migration and probably better than most of Midwest.
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