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North Bay no longer tops U-Haul Canadian Growth Cities list

The U-Haul Top 25 Canadian Growth Cities list is out and North Bay is no longer in the top spot.

North Bay is ranked 11th in 2022. 

The city was first in both 2020 and 2021. 

U-Haul says people arriving in North Bay in one-way U-Haul trucks fell 36% from 2021, while departures dropped 16% as overall moving traffic slowed in 2022.

Despite a greater year-over-year drop in arrivals, do-it-yourself movers arriving in North Bay still accounted for 52.3% of all one-way U-Haul truck traffic in and out of the city during 2022 (compared to 47.7% departures) to keep it a trending growth city. 

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“North Bay is a beautiful city and people are taking notice,” said Paul Parker, U-Haul Company of Northeastern Ontario president. “There’s plenty of outdoor spaces, clean air and fresh water for everyone to enjoy. North Bay is really known for its low density living without losing the benefits of urban life. People are attracted to North Bay because it’s a safe community where they can raise a family and live comfortably.”

The Growth Index is compiled according to the net gain, or loss, of one-way U-Haul trucks arriving in a province or city, versus departing from that province or city, in a calendar year. 

Around the north, Greater Sudbury also dropped on the list, from third in 2021 to seventh in 2022. 

Sault Ste Marie fell from 12 to 22. 

In 2022, Chatham was first on the cities list while New Brunswick the top province. 

Ontario was third again. 

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