Moving from New Haven, CT to Durham, NC

Moving from New Haven, CT to Durham, NC

While New Haven is Connecticut’s second largest city, Durham is North Carolina’s fourth most populous! Even so, Durham has a larger population than New Haven, at 239,358 compared to 130,741 respectively. Durham serves as one of the vertices of the Research Triangle area, as well as the core of the Durham–Chapel Hill Metropolitan Area, a four-county region, population 522,826! Home to Duke University and a thriving health care industry, Durham owes much if not all of its history and wealth to tobacco, 90% of which came from American Tobacco thanks to Washington Duke. Now the “City of Tobacco” is the “City of Medicine” after trading straights for researchers, medical practitioners and high-tech commerce in the special tax district. With an influx of historic sites, a coexisting population, a trendy, liberal arts culture and a nationally renowned minor league baseball team, Durham has a little bit of everything to make you feel welcome. Now let’s go to North Carolina!

Traveling from New Haven to Durham

  • Prepare yourself for tolls, nine hours and seven minutes of on-the-road fun and 563 miles before reaching Durham from New Haven. The drive is slow but the buffalo is persevering!
  • Essentially, traveling southwest brings you straight through such cities as New York City, Wilmington, Baltimore, Washington and Richmond, where you’ll find tons of fun on the go!
  • Enjoy NYC’s American Museum of Natural History, take a load off at Central Park, pay your respects to Times Square or go to Coney Island! In Wilmington check out Brandywine Zoo!
  • Walters Art Museum, National Aquarium and The Maryland Zoo operate in Baltimore! D.C. has the Smithsonian National Zoological Park while Richmond is home to Maymont Park!
  • Rates from $183 mean you could be one a connecting flight lasting 3½ hours from New Haven to Durham in a cinch! The icing on this cupcake is that U-Pack delivers for you! See our list of locations to find a service center near you.

Climate in Durham

  • Believe it or not, Durham has a climate similar to that of New Haven’s transitional type, with warm, humid summers, a mild spring and autumn and cool to cold winter months!
  • Summers in Durham have high temperature of 88.6 F for July, as well as thunderstorms and overall abundant rainfall, May being the rainiest!
  • Durham winters see average low temperatures of 30.4 F in December and 27.8 F in January. As for snow, the nearly seven inches that do fall will always melt within days!


  • Interstates 40 & 85 serve Durham, as well as US Routes 15, 70 & 501, along with other state routes like NC-147. Beware the notorious Chapel Hill Rd/St/Blvd and you’ll be set!
  • Parking is abundant throughout Durham, but be wary of residential areas! As for biking in the city, Durham maintains a network of routes & trails, including American Tobacco Trail!
  • For bus service in the area, try Triangle Transit Authority to go from Raleigh to Research Triangle Park, the urban Durham Area Transit Authority or the free Bull City Connector!

Learn in Durham

  • Durham Public Schools operates 46 schools including 30 elementary, 10 middle, 12 high schools and two secondary schools, and actively enrolls approximately 32,500 students!
  • Certain area high schools, like Durham School of the Arts, focus on distinct subject areas while schools like Durham Academy & Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill are private!
  • Apart from the world-renowned Duke University, Durham is home to North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and many others in the metro area!

Restaurants and Attractions 

  • Cosmic Cantina is surprisingly down-to-earth with cheap beer, fresh salsa & steak burritos! Pop’s is tops among the hip Italian scene with mixed drinks, fine pizza & premier calamari!
  • Most locals take-out from China Palace, where you’ll find pulled pork and hot & sour soup! Nana’s is fine American dining with an ever-changing local menu & a crème brûlée to boot!
  • Shop in Durham at The Streets at Southpoint for a variety, Brightleaf Square for boutiques & more, Ninth Street for art galleries & college appeal or the family-owned Northgate Mall!
  • Schedule to visit Duke Lemur Center, explore Historic Stagville, get jazzed at The Pinhook, discover Duke Forest, catch a Bulls game at Athletic Park or hike at Eno River State Park!

You’ll love moving from New Haven to Durham, “Bull City”!