Moving from New Haven, CT, to Durham, NC

Moving to a larger, less crowded city

Durham, or “Bull City,” has 283,506 residents according to the 2020 U.S. Census — around twice as many as New Haven, Connecticut. However, the larger population doesn’t extend to the metro areas since New Haven’s metro has about 200,000 more people.  

Despite having a larger city population, you might feel less crowded in Durham since the population density is much lower. Keep reading to learn what differences to expect between “The Elm City” and your new home 565 miles away in North Carolina.  

More sunshine and warmer temps

You can anticipate warmer overall temperatures in Durham. Summers are warm, with highs in the upper 80s, and winters are milder than New Haven, with temps rarely dropping below freezing. Rainfall is similar between the two cities, with yearly averages between 46-48 inches. Snowfall is higher in New Haven, which averages 29 inches per year, while Durham typically gets 4 inches. 

Live and learn in Durham

Durham’s proximity to North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh, makes the area a great place to work. Unemployment rates in the area are lower than national averages, and the salaries are typically higher. The cost of living in Durham is also less than in New Haven, so you’ll find your money goes further.  

The biggest employment opportunities include education, health care, information technology, research and state government. IBM Corporation, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, SAS Institute Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc are major employers. Plus, many people work or study at Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. 

There are 79 public and 101 private schools in the Raleigh-Durham area for grades K-12. 

What the city has to offer

Take a tour of Duke University to see the sites, including the Duke Basketball Museum, Duke Chapel, the Duke Lemur Center, the Nasher Museum, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens and more. 

Take part in a city scavenger hunt or enjoy one of more than 60 parks. And you won’t want to miss several other attractions, like: 

  • Bennett Place Historic Site (for Civil War buffs)  
  • Carolina Theatre  
  • Durham Performing Arts Center 
  • Museum of Life + Science 
  • Stagville State Historic Site 

Move to North Carolina with U-Pack

With service centers near New Haven and Durham and over 25 years of experience in long-distance moving, U-Pack® is ready to handle your move to North Carolina. 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!