Chatham is ranked as the 10th Canadian Growth City by U-Haul in 2019. This is an increase from Chatham's place of 11th in 2017 and 13th in 2016, on the same list. U-Haul's migration trends are based on data from over 2 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions.
Mayor Canniff said he is "proud and delighted that Chatham-Kent continues to attract and welcome new residents to our community. As more people choose Chatham-Kent as a place to visit, live and invest, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and community partners are working hard to help secure Chatham-Kent's future for upcoming generations."
With more than 22,000 U-Haul locations across the U.S. and Canada, the data collected provides an overview of where people are moving to. Audrey Ansell, Manager of Community Attraction and Promotion commented, "It's clear that Chatham-Kent is an attractive place to live for new and existing residents. It's nice when we make it onto lists like this, but we know that work to promote Chatham-Kent and to welcome people to our community is ongoing and that is a community-wide effort."
While the U-Haul migration trends are not a direct reflection of population growth, they are an indicator of how well cities are attracting and retaining residents. "Based on this U-Haul data and the amount of people we have shared community information with this year and welcomed to the community, it's clear that we are attracting and retaining residents, said Victoria Bodnar, whose role in the Municipality's Community Attraction and Promotion area is to coordinate, Resident Attraction and Retention activities.
Chatham-Kent offers many safe and affordable communities, from rural to urban centres such as Chatham. With access to two of the Great Lakes' waterfronts, a warm climate and low house prices, Chatham-Kent is a great place to call home.
Check out Newcomer Stories and baCK to CK stories, to hear from others who have made the move to Chatham-Kent. Contact a member of the Resident Attraction and Retention team to see how you can find your home in Chatham-Kent this year.