Moving from Nashville, TN to Raleigh, NC

Moving on from Music City? Learn more about life along Tobacco Road 

Because the joint is always jumping in Nashville, TN, it’s only natural to wonder if Raleigh, NC, can offer a comparable experience. Good news: it can! Raleigh is ranked among the top 10 Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report, and the Raleigh-Durham metro is one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. It’s vibrant with a young, well-educated population base and various cultural and entertainment options for all ages and tastes. 

Learn more about what Raleigh has to offer. And as you prepare to leave Nashville, get the scoop on a unique service specializing in hassle-free, affordable long-distance moves. 

Getting to know the City of Oaks 

Raleigh is North Carolina’s capital city (established in 1792). It sits 500 miles east of Nashville, about halfway between New York City and Florida. We’ll cover some of what to expect, but first, here’s some trivia about your soon-to-be home to share with family and friends. 

Did you know that Raleigh: 

  • Is named after English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh  
  • Has a double-sided city flag and is believed to be the only American city flag to include different designs on each side 
  • Has Sister City partnerships with cities in five nations: England, France, Germany, China and Kenya. 
  • Has a century-old working carousel in Pullen Park, North Carolina’s oldest public park 

Research, healthcare among top industries 

Healthcare professionals moving from a major Southern hub like Nashville to Raleigh should find many options available. Healthcare is also a major industry in Raleigh, along with education, research and information technology. Raleigh is rated No. 11 among Top 15 Cities for Job Seekers in 2023 by MoneyGeek

Raleigh-Durham’s Research Triangle Park is the largest of its kind in the U.S., with more than 200 companies and 50,000-plus people working in pharmaceuticals, environmental sciences, microelectronics and chemicals. The region also has invested heavily in biotechnology, with companies like IBM, Cisco, Epic Games and Red Hat among Raleigh-Durham’s top employers. 

What’s there to do in Raleigh? Take your pick! 

There’s no risk of getting bored in your new city. Missing concerts at the Grand Ole Opry or the Ryman Auditorium, visiting the Parthenon or catching Titans and Predators games in Nashville? Consider these popular activities when you get settled in Raleigh: 

Exploring nature 

The city has more than 200 parks and the 180-mile Capital Area Greenway System for biking and hiking. 

Cultural enrichment 

Find out why Raleigh is often called the “Smithsonian of the South” by visiting these three major state museums: the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina Museum of Art.  

The sporting life 

Catch major college sports at North Carolina State University or neighboring Duke University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Pro football your jam? Cheer on the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Hockey fans can check out the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, and minor league baseball with the Carolina Mudcats is always a fun family outing. 

Get there easier and faster with U-Pack 

On the surface, choosing a do-it-yourself move between Nashville and Raleigh may seem like the best option. However, it quickly adds up when you factor in truck rental costs, fuel and other fees. Plus, you’re investing time and effort into driving a large rental truck. 

Go U-Pack® and let us do the driving. Travel at your own pace and meet up with your stuff at your new home in less than a week. With service centers nationwide, it’s easier than DIY and more affordable than full-service moving. Learn more with a free, no-obligation quote today!