Moving from Boston, MA, to Raleigh, NC

Embrace a laid-back lifestyle in North Carolina

Get ready for Raleigh's laid-back lifestyle. When moving from Boston, Massachusetts, you’ll also want to prepare for climate changes and different opportunities in North Carolina’s capital city. 

Raleigh is smaller than Boston, with around 468,000 people, compared to just under 676,000. Looking at the metro areas, Boston’s population of almost 5 million is more than three times larger than Raleigh’s 1.5 million. 

If you’re excited about a slower pace, the relaxing “City of Oaks” is the place for you. 

Beautiful weather in Raleigh 

Like Boston, Raleigh experiences all four seasons and averages around 46 inches of rain annually. Spring and fall are mild and perfect for enjoying outdoor activities. 

Winters are vastly different, with Raleigh averaging only 4 inches of snow compared to Boston’s yearly average of 48 inches.  

Raleigh's temperatures typically range between 30 and 90 degrees, compared to the average range of 19 to 82 degrees in Boston. 

Fair-weather activities 

Raleigh is perfect for families. The city hosts the state fair in October every year, and it’s one of the largest fairs in the country. The 10-day event draws crowds from in and out of town for livestock shows, arts and crafts, food and, of course, rides. 

Here are some other attractions for family-friendly fun: 

  • Adventure Landing 
  • Marbles Kids Museum 
  • North Carolina Museum of Art 
  • North Carolina Museum of History 
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 
  • North Carlina Zoo (70 miles away in Asheboro, NC) 

Job opportunities

With higher-than-average salaries and a low unemployment rate, Raleigh has multiple career opportunities.  

The Research Triangle Park (RTP) houses over 300 companies and has fueled around 1,800 startups since the 1970s. Its affiliation with Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University only increases the appeal. 

Other top employers in the area include Cisco Systems, Inc., IBM Corporation, SAS Institute Inc., and WakeMed Health and Hospitals. 

U-Pack can help you get there

With service centers near Boston and Raleigh, U-Pack® can help make your move affordable and stress-free. We’re a self-moving service where you do the packing, loading and unloading, and we handle all the driving. Get your free online quote today or give us a call at 844-362-5303844-594-3077