Moving from Baton Rouge, LA to Houston, TX

Setting off from the Red Stick City to the Bayou City 

Texans and Louisianans typically share a love for food, fun and festivities. If you fit that description, moving from Baton Rouge, LA, to Houston, TX, promises an exciting adventure! Learn what to expect as you leave Louisiana's capital city for a new life in H-Town. 

A booming metropolis along the Gulf Coast 

Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the country, with a population of 2.3 million (7 million plus in the metropolitan area). It continues to grow, drawing new residents nationally and internationally. Comparatively, Baton Rouge is home to just 225,000 people, so the sheer size difference — and the traffic — will be an adjustment. 

Houston is more affordable than most major metros 

As you might expect, with a big city, Houston surpasses Baton Rouge in cost of living. Houston's median home value is $285,400 (compared to just under $200,000 in Baton Rouge), and rent is about 30 percent higher. However, those cost differences are offset by Texas having no state income tax and Houston having a lower sales tax than Baton Rouge. 

Going big for the biggest events 

There’s nothing quite like Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge. Suppose you're wondering about the can't-miss annual event in Houston. In that case, it’s the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo — also known as HLSR or RodeoHouston. It’s the world’s largest livestock exhibition and rodeo, including one of the richest regular-season professional rodeo events. There’s also a full concert lineup of top musical acts. The event runs for several weeks and draws more than 2 million visitors each year. 

If you miss the excitement of watching the LSU Tigers play in Baton Rouge, Houston is a big sports town with five professional teams, plus the University of Houston. 

Find career opportunities in all types of fields 

If you work in energy and industrial services or construction in Baton Rouge, job prospects in Houston should be plentiful. Aside from oil and gas and aerospace, Houston is considered one of the top manufacturing areas in the U.S. It’s also home to two dozen Fortune 500 companies and the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical campus with more than 50 health care, educational and research institutions.  

Explore international flavors in your hometown 

Baton Rouge is known (and loved) for its traditional Cajun and Creole cuisine. If you’re jittery for jambalaya or aching for etouffee, it won’t be hard to find either in Houston. More than 10,000 restaurants serve the region, offering various American and international options. Looking for the most traditional local flavor? You can’t go wrong with Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex. 

You could move by yourself, but U-Pack makes it easier 

With Houston just a four-hour drive down Interstate 10 West from Baton Rouge, you may think a DIY truck rental is the best way to handle your move. But choosing a long-distance moving specialist like U-Pack offers more value and peace of mind. All you do is load into our equipment — either at your home or at one of our local service centers — and let us do the driving!  

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