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Key Metric: Atlanta's Growth (Relatively) Slower Than Plano

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In their annual list of Top U.S. Growth Cities, scientists at U-Haul have pegged Atlanta as the nation's 26th fastest growing town, relatively speaking, sandwiched between Sunbelt brethren Plano and Oklahoma City. U-Haul released the (always hotly anticipated) report Friday, which indicates that for cities with more than 5,000 families moving last year, Pittsburgh swelled the most, with in-migration of more than 9 percent. U-Haul compiled the report by poring over 1.6 million one-way truck transactions last year, and though a press release from the company doesn't explicitly say, it appears the focus fell within the limits of each respective city. Atlanta's population is larger than most cities on the list, making high-rankings more difficult, but it's worth noting that competitors like Dallas, Austin and Raleigh scored higher. Unaccounted for were Ryder customers and owners of large moving vans, which we all know Atlanta is swimming in.


U-Haul Top U.S. Growth Cities
January — December 2012
With More Than 5,000 Families Moving

RANK. CITY. PERCENTAGE GROWTH.

1. PITTSBURGH 9.04%
2. HENDERSON, Nev. 7.54%
3. AUSTIN, Texas 7.30%
4. RENO, Nev. 7.15%
5. SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. 6.82%
6. JERSEY CITY, N.J. 5.16%
7. RALEIGH, N.C. 5.06%
8. NASHVILLE, Tenn. 4.28%
9. COLUMBUS, Ohio 4.15%
10. TACOMA, Wash. 4.09%
11. VANCOUVER, Wash. 3.73%
12. LOUISVILLE, KY 3.62%
13. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. 3.43%
14. DALLAS 3.16%
15. LOS ANGELES 2.83%
16. EUGENE, Ore. 2.11%
17. CHICAGO 1.87%
18. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas 1.79%
19. DENVER 1.51%
20. HOUSTON 1.43%
21. RIVERSIDE, Calif. 1.41%
22. SPOKANE, Wash. 1.37%
23. SEATTLE 1.34%
24. WASHINGTON, D.C. 1.23%
25. PLANO, Texas 1.03%
26. ATLANTA 0.98%
27. OKLAHOMA CITY 0.59%
28. FRESNO, Calif. 0.53%
29. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 0.47%
30. TULSA, OK 0.45%

SOURCE: U-Haul