A report from U-Haul finds that Louisiana’s population might have grown during 2016. The Bayou State came in at number eight U-Haul’s growth report, based on more truck rentals coming into the state than leaving.
“Baton Rouge was a net gain city in terms of more one-way arrivals than departures. Lake Charles and Denham Springs also registered more people coming than leaving in U-Haul trucks,” said U-Haul North Louisiana president Warren Iles.
But Iles says that doesn’t necessarily mean the population is growing at the same rate trucks are arriving. He says the historic floods Louisiana endured last year could have impacted the numbers.
“Baton Rouge or Denham or Lafayette that were devastated with floods, of course that might throw off a little bit where people are just bringing in items,” Iles said.
Iles says they’re opening more truck rental stores and self-storage rooms around the state. He says even if the population isn’t growing, business certainly is, which he says is good news for the state.
“Business is definitely getting better, which leads me to believe that the state is doing much better than we were this time last year,” Iles said.