A recent report from U-Haul tallied the top cities on the receiving end of one-way destinations in 2014, which is a pretty good indicator of where people are moving. Chicago came in second, so maybe those on the beautiful oceanic coasts are realizing how much they're missing out on when they see Chicagoans digging our cars out of 10-feet of snow for half of the year. It's kind of fun, right?
Chicago moved up two spots from a year ago, and it's the highest the city's ranked on the list since 2007, when it also came in second. Maybe all these U-Haul drivers are still stuck in traffic and they just can't make their return trip. People in other states might simply be jealous of our hockey team. Who knows?
The U-Haul study and other migration trends don't directly influence the growth of a city's population, but it is definitely a positive sign after a recent Census report estimated that Chicago grew by only 82 residents last year.