U-Hauling It Out of New York: Upstate NY Packs Up and Leaves

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Upstate NY folks are packing up and heading out, using U-Haul trucks to go pretty much anywhere else, especially where they permit natural gas development.

Recently, I came across two posts on the web about the utility of using U-Haul’s rental rates for moving vans as a proxy for measuring economic health. Professor Mark J. Perry, in two posts on his blog Carpe Diem (here and here) suggested people were leaving dead end locales to move to other places for “lower taxes and less red tape.” I immediately thought of Upstate NY, a place overwhelmingly burdened by the high taxes and overregulation the pols from New York City and environs, who dominate the state, imagine to be just fine. Here’s what I found.

upstate NY

Upstaters Ready to Load Up and Leave the State

U-Haul, of course, allows its customers to pick up moving vans in one place and drop them off in another. Professor Perry uses these rates to illustrate:

Detroit, MI to Houston, TX: $2,215

Houston, TX to Detroit, MI: $617

He then offers this explanation:

The rates above illustrate the significant differences in demand for trucks going from Detroit to Houston (high demand) compared to the low demand for trucks going from Houston to Detroit. From U-Haul’s standpoint, it will have shortages of trucks in Detroit due to the high demand for one-way rentals, and surpluses of trucks in Houston due to the low demand for trucks in the opposite direction. Therefore, U-Haul uses dynamic pricing to reflect relative differences in supply and demand for one-way rentals between Detroit and Houston…

Based on the differences in one-way truck rental rates, there is almost 4x as much demand for 26 foot trucks going from Detroit-Houston as for trucks going from Houston-Detroit.

It’s interesting that he uses Houston, the very definition of a city built on oil and gas, to illustrate, which tells you a lot about why the future is Texas, not New York. But, New York was where natural gas as an industry was born, so it’s quite ironic isn’t it? The opportunity Upstate NY might have to rebound and experience a little of what is making Texas great has been squandered; burnt on a pyre made for political incorrectness by Andrew Cuomo, Governor Corruptocrat, to satisfy his Manhattanite constituency.

How bad is it for Upstate NY? Well, let’s just compare to Pennsylvania, where the sunlight and weather are roughly the same as New York, to keep things real. Here are some rate comparisons:

Upstate NY

The data shows Upstate NY residents who want to move out can expect to pay an average of 20% more for their 26 foot U-Haul truck than people who want to move into New York. Pennsylvania gas region communities are, on average, 20% more in demand than Upstate NY counterparts. Contrary to the picture painted by fractivists, New Yorkers are more anxious to get to places such as Butler, Towanda and Washington than they are to move to Binghamton. Moreover, when Williamsport is compared to Binghamton, it has a 26% advantage, as illustrated below:

Upstate NY

The same differential applies to Oneonta and Rochester and even Corning and Geneva, two Upstate NY cities that might be described as the best Upstate has to offer. Even Planet Ithaca pales in comparison to Williamsport, but, of course, that’s hardly a surprise to readers who know both places. It’s all just more evidence of the slow relentless economic decline of Upstate New York at the hands of Governor Corruptocrat as he continues on his mission to empty it for the benefit of New York’s protected gentry class.

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3 thoughts on “U-Hauling It Out of New York: Upstate NY Packs Up and Leaves

  1. I have lost several good friends in which one so sick of NYC telling her what she could do on her property, that she simply packed up and headed to Oregon letting the bank take her home. Another closed shop were several people worked in Broome County and moved to Virginia.

  2. Now that is real science at work. Pretty Funny!
    What’s not funny is the very real fact that not just retirees but young families are leaving New York.
    Just last week I bought some livestock at cut rate prices from a couple in Chenango County. After we set the price they asked if I was interested in buying some chickens. I asked if they were selling everything. They said yes that they were planning to move in the spring. This is the Fourth time in three years that I have encountered the same thing. Homesteaders in their 30’s selling the farm and moving south. Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas and this couple didn’t say. Who is interested in buying farms in Broome, Delaware and Chenango counties? People from NYC, New Jersey and Connecticut. It makes for a cheap vacation home and if you register your cars here you can really save on your car insurance.

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