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More people took one-way U-Haul trips to Sacramento area than any other city in 2018

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More U-Haul trucks made one-way trips into the Sacramento area than any other city in America last year, according to migration data from the rental company.

A press release from U-Haul on Tuesday ranked the Sacramento-Roseville market first in its annual list of “Growth Cities.” U-Haul determines growth cities by calculating the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering the city vs. leaving the city, according to the release.

Sacramento and Roseville are grouped as one market by U-Haul because of their proximity, according to the release. The market was ranked sixth on last year’s list.

Arrivals of U-Haul trucks in the Sacramento-Roseville market rose by 7 percentage points from the 2017 data, while departures rose by only 1 percentage point, the release said. Arriving trucks accounted for 51.8 percent of all U-Haul traffic in the area.

Real estate company Redfin recently found Sacramento to be the top destination for transplants in the country, with most new residents hailing from the Bay Area.

“This market is an attractive option for those who have been priced out of the Bay Area,” said Aaron Anderson, president of the U-Haul Company of East Sacramento, in the release.

“There has been out-migration from parts of the Bay Area in recent years, but many movers are remaining in-state because they can find affordability in Sacramento and Roseville. Commuters can be 90 minutes from their jobs and enjoy close-knit communities.”

Other California cities that made it on to the Top 25 Growth Cities list include San Francisco, Palm Springs/Cathedral City, Davis, Temecula and Concord.

It's tough to be a first-time home buyer in the Sacramento region these days. Teacher Michelle Schroeder bought a home with 3 percent down with a grant program.

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