More and More People Are Moving to Mississauga

While many Mississauga residents worry about the escalating cost of housing in the city (rightfully so), it appears many people still consider the bustling suburb an ideal place to live.

U-Haul International Inc.'s recently released migration trends report reveals that Mississauga ranks number 12 among the U-Haul Top 50 Canadian Destination Cities. According to U-Haul, a well-known company that specializes in DIY moving and self-storage, Mississauga saw a 4.2 per cent increase in year-over-year arrivals.

And while the city has dropped one spot from the previous year, U-Haul says it continues to be one of the busiest Canadian markets for incoming U-Haul trucks.

As for how the methodology works, U-Haul Destination Cities are ranked according to the total number of arriving one-way U-Haul truck rentals to a city in the past calendar year. It's important to note that "destination cities" do not account for departing traffic and thus do not necessarily reflect growth. U-Haul says destination cities reflect the volume and regularity of do-it-yourself movers coming into a community.

If you're wondering what city took the top spot, you probably won't be surprised to hear that Toronto is top dog when it comes to destination cities.

According to U-Haul, Mississauga's eastern neighbour was the top destination for U-Haul trucks from 2002-11 and again in 2013. Interestingly enough, tt slipped to fourth in 2014 and was second to Calgary in 2015. In 2016, Toronto overtook Calgary thanks to a 13.4 percent rise in year-over-year arrivals.

What other cities topped the list?

U-Haul Top 50 Canadian Destination Cities for 2016

(2015 ranking in parentheses)

  1. TORONTO, ON (2)

  2. CALGARY, AB (1)

  3. MONTREAL, QC (4)

  4. EDMONTON, AB (3)

  5. OTTAWA, ON (5)

  6. LONDON, ON (6)

  7. VANCOUVER, BC (7)

  8. HAMILTON, ON (8)

  9. KITCHENER, ON (10)

  10. VICTORIA, BC (9)

  11. BRAMPTON, ON (13)

  12. MISSISSAUGA, ON (11)

  13. SURREY, BC (15)

  14. WINDSOR, ON (17)

  15. SCARBOROUGH, ON (12)

  16. KELOWNA, BC (24)

  17. BARRIE, ON (14)

  18. KINGSTON, ON (16)

  19. QUEBEC CITY, QC (18)

  20. ST. CATHARINES, ON (20)

  21. OSHAWA, ON (21)

  22. WINNIPEG, MB (19)

  23. SASKATOON, SK (26)

  24. BURLINGTON, ON (23)

  25. DARTMOUTH, NS (27)

  26. ETOBICOKE, ON (25)

  27. GUELPH, ON (30)

  28. KAMLOOPS, BC (35)

  29. PETERBOROUGH, ON (33)

  30. ABBOTSFORD, BC (29)

  31. NANAIMO, BC (31)

  32. MONCTON, NB (42)

  33. CHILLIWACK, BC (37)

  34. REGINA, SK (28)

  35. RED DEER, AB (22)

  36. BRANTFORD, ON (36)

  37. CAMBRIDGE, ON (34)

  38. NIAGARA FALLS, ON (38)

  39. GATINEAU, QC (40)

  40. LETHBRIDGE, AB (32)

  41. OAKVILLE, ON (39)

  42. SHERBROOKE, QC (43)

  43. VERNON, BC (NR)

  44. BELLEVILLE, ON (48)

  45. NEWMARKET, ON (44)

  46. MILTON, ON (49)

  47. FREDERICTON, NB (50)

  48. SARNIA, ON (47)

  49. PENTICTON, BC (NR)

  50. SUDBURY, ON (45)

Since Toronto appears to be popular for its economic opportunities and (well deserved, to be honest) reputation as the centre of Canada's universe, it makes sense that other GTA cities like Mississauga made the list (interestingly enough, Brampton narrowly beat out Sauga at 11th place).

Offering close proximity to Toronto, a wealth of new condo developments and upcoming infrastructure projects (namely the Hurontario LRT), Mississauga is poised for growth, making it an attractive destination for both young professionals and families.

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