Moving from Boston, MA, to Richmond, VA

Leave the hustle and bustle behind

Moving from Boston, Massachusetts, to Richmond, Virginia, will take you out of the big city to a smaller one 550 miles away. 

Richmond, the state capital, has around 227,000 people in the city and 1.3 million in the metro, making it the fourth-largest city in Virginia. However, it’s much smaller than the capital city of Boston, which has around 676,000 in the city and almost 5 million in the metro. 

Along with the smaller population comes a slower-paced lifestyle. Keep reading to learn more about “River City.” 

Spend less time with a snow shovel in Richmond 

Like Boston, Richmond experiences all four seasons and receives an average of 44 inches of rain annually.  

Richmond's temperatures typically range between 28 and 90 degrees, compared to the average range of 19 to 82 degrees in Boston. 

Richmond's winters average 11 inches of snow, compared to Boston’s yearly average of 48 inches, so you can spend less time shoveling snow and more time enjoying outdoor time (or indoor time if you prefer). 

Calling all history buffs 

If you enjoyed the early American history in Boston, you’ll find that and more in Richmond. Both Massachusetts and Virginia were admitted to the Union in 1788, and Richmond later served as the capital city of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. 

Here are some Richmond historic places to visit: 

  • American Civil War Museum and White House of the Confederacy
  • Dabbs House Museum
  • Hanover Courthouse
  • Henricus Historical Park
  • Malvern Hill Battlefield 

Opportunities abound in Richmond

You’ll find plenty of opportunities in Richmond, where average salaries are on par with national averages and low unemployment rates. The cost of living in Richmond is typically lower than what you’re used to in Boston. 

Many residents work in the government or financial industries. Top employers include Bank of America, Capital One, Truist and Wells Fargo. 

The city is served by more than 125 public and private schools for grades K-12 and 7 colleges and universities for adult learners.  

Move to Richmond with U-Pack

U-Pack has service centers near Boston and Richmond, and we can make your move easy and affordable. As a self-moving service, 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