Moving from Arlington, VA, to Minneapolis, MN

Heading from a historical hotbed to the City of Lakes 

Your new life in the Land of 10,000 Lakes will undoubtedly look different than it does from the doorstep of our nation’s capital. But there’s no shortage of sites to explore and adventures to experience! Get a sense of what’s ahead as you prepare to move from Arlington, VA, to Minneapolis, MN — and learn about an efficient moving option that can save you time and money. 

Arts and culture take center stage in Minneapolis 

You may wonder how Minneapolis stacks up against Arlington, a Washington, D.C., suburb located just five miles away across the Potomac River. While few places can offer the living museum experience that is the D.C. metro area, Minneapolis has developed a world-class cultural scene that’s not to be missed. 

Catch a show at one of the Twin Cities’ 240 theaters, which hold more seats per capita than anywhere outside of New York City! And if you’re an art lover, you’ll want to visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center and the 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, one of the largest of its kind in the country. 

The elements are no joke, but they’re manageable 

While getting its share of colder temperatures and snow, Arlington’s weather is relatively mild compared to Minneapolis. It may not come as a shock to learn that Minneapolis averages more than 50 inches of snowfall per year. 

Like Arlington, Minneapolis has warm summers (where layers are still recommended) and is partly cloudy year-round. June-September is prime time for enjoying outdoor activities, but the Minneapolis Skyway System offers protection when harsh winter weather hits. It covers 11 miles and connects 80 city blocks downtown, making it one of the longest continuous systems of its kind in the world. 

Minnesotans love spending time outside 

Arlington and Minneapolis compare favorably in terms of public transit, bike friendliness, walkability, and air quality, so don’t miss the chance to explore when it’s comfortable! Minneapolis is green and sprawling, and its 15 lakes within city limits are popular fishing spots in the summer and ice hockey destinations in the winter. 

Did you know? Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline – more than Florida, Hawaii and California combined!  

Discover a lower cost of living 

The D.C. metro area and Minneapolis are rated among the best places to live for families in the U.S. However, you may notice a significant cost of living decrease when you move. Rent in Minneapolis is 45 percent lower, and median home prices are nearly 60 percent lower ($294,200 vs. $750,500). However, the average income in Minneapolis (just under $63,000) is also lower than in Arlington. 

Move hassle-free and save money with U-Pack 

Does a 1,100-mile move sound intimidating and expensive? It can be if you do it all on your own or hire a full-service mover. But with U-Pack, long-distance moves are easier and much more budget-friendly. With rates comparable to truck rental, fast transit times and 240 service centers nationwide, we simplify the process so you can focus on what’s ahead. Get a free, no-obligation quote today!