Moving from Minneapolis, MN, to Philadelphia, PA

Preparing for life in Pennsylvania

Relocating nearly 1,200 miles from Minneapolis to Philadelphia can be the start of a great adventure to live in a city rich with American Revolution heritage. The city of over 1.6 million people was once the nation’s capital before 1800.  

Visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and don’t miss the Liberty Bell Center or the Betsy Ross House. 

Other interesting historical sites include Kings Chapel, built in 1754; the Paul Revere House, built in 1680; the Old State House, built in 1713; and Massachusetts Hall on the Harvard Campus, built in 1720. 

Less snow and more rain in Philly

Both cities’ residents get to enjoy all four seasons, but you will notice slightly warmer winters in Philly, with only 13 inches of snow annually, compared to 52 inches in Minneapolis. Make sure to pack your winter coat since average January lows are 19 degrees in Philadelphia. 

Summers are a bit warmer in Philly, with highs in the upper 80s compared to the lower 80s in your previous hometown. Another weather difference you’ll notice is about 15 more inches of rain per year in your new city. 

Working and learning in the City of Brotherly Love 

Due to its history, tourism jobs are big in Philadelphia. You’ll also find employment in education and health services. Large companies like Aramark, Comcast, Crown Holdings and Urban Outfitters also have headquarters in the city and employ many residents.  

If you work in education or have children, there are over 250 public and nearly 900 private schools for grades K-12 in Philly. The city is also home to 42 colleges and universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League research institution. 

Traveling the streets of Philadelphia 

The pedestrian-friendly city of Philly makes getting around on foot or by bicycle a breeze.  

Many Philadelphians rely on the PHLASH or SEPTA bus systems for longer treks. Taxis and ride-share services like Uber and Lyft are also prominent in the city.  

It is possible to get around by car, but traffic and many one-way streets in the city can make parking and navigating challenging if you’re unfamiliar with the area. It’s best to allow extra time for your commute if you prefer to travel by car. 

Make a stress-free move to Pennsylvania with U-Pack 

Through our nationwide service centers with locations near Minneapolis and Philadelphia, U-Pack® is ready to handle your long-distance move. We’re a DIY moving service, so you take care of packing, loading and unloading, and then we transport your things. Get a free online quote today or call us at 844-362-5303844-594-3077. We’re here to help!