Moving from New York, NY, to Columbus, OH

Moving to a much smaller city

Moving over 500 miles from New York to Columbus is quite a lifestyle change. Columbus is the capital and the most populous city in Ohio, with 905,748 people, according to the 2020 U.S. Census.  

The metro area is larger, with a population of more than 2.1 million, but it’s still 10 times smaller than New York’s metro of over 20 million residents. With a much lower population density in Columbus, you’ll notice more space to spread out and explore your new surroundings.  

Expect similar weather patterns

Columbus and New York City experience cold winters and warm summers, with similar temperatures and annual precipitation. Columbus usually stays between 21 and 85 degrees, compared to NYC’s range of 26 to 84 degrees.  

You’ll want to hang on to your winter gear from New York since Columbus gets around 21 inches of snow annually. Rainfall is a bit less in Columbus than in NYC (40 inches compared to 47), but you’ll still need your umbrella, especially during the wettest month of May. 

Missing NYC skyscrapers? See what Columbus has to offer

Although the buildings in Columbus aren’t as tall as New York's skyscrapers, the city has over 170 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. It has 82 buildings on its own list, the Columbus Register of Historic Places. Here are some of the notable buildings to visit: 

  • Athletic Club of Columbus 
  • Born Capital Brewery Bottling Works 
  • Budd Dairy Company 
  • Franklinton Post Office 
  • H.A. Higgins Building (Flatiron Building) 
  • LeVeque Tower and Palace Theatre (American Insurance Union Citadel) 

Living and working in Columbus

For entertainment, you can find art, museums, music and theater like you had in New York, only on a smaller scale.  

The cost of living is much lower in Columbus than in NYC. Unemployment rates are lower than national averages. Top industries include education, finance, food and nutrition, government, health care, information technology, insurance and retail. 

U-Pack can move you to Ohio

U-Pack® has nationwide service centers and more than 25 years of experience. With locations near NYC and Columbus, we’re ready to help with your long-distance move. We’re a DIY-moving service where you handle packing, loading and unloading, and then we move your belongings. Get a free online quote today or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant.