Moving from New York, NY, to Los Angeles, CA

Moving across the country to California

Moving 2,800 miles from New York to Los Angeles is the definition of a cross-country move. Plus, you’re moving from the most populous city in the United States to the second-most. LA isn’t small, with nearly 3.9 million residents and 13 million in the metro area, but it’s still roughly half the size of NYC, which has 8.8 million residents and 20 million in the metro. 

You’ll feel a big difference in population density since LA’s density is about three times less than in “The Big Apple.” But fewer people living in the city doesn’t mean fewer opportunities. Keep reading to learn more about life in the “City of Angels.”  

Warmer winters in Los Angeles

While summer high temperatures in both LA and NYC average around 84 degrees, you will notice a remarkable difference during the winter.  

LA rarely gets snow, averaging zero inches per year, compared to NYC’s 25 inches. Temperatures are also relatively warmer, with lows in Los Angeles averaging 46 degrees compared to 26 degrees in New York City. 

Rainfall is also less in LA, with an average of 16 inches, while NYC gets around 47 inches annually. 

Swimming pools and movie stars

The Big Apple has more public pools maintained by its Parks department, but you’ll find many more private pools in the City of Angels — roughly 250,000 in L.A. County, according to the Assessor’s Office. 

Celebrity sightings are legendary in New York but even more famous in California. According to Property Club, most movie stars choose to live in California — notably Los Angeles and nearby Hollywood. New York State is second on the list, with NYC being a favorite for celebrity home bases. 

Living and working in LA

With the creative culture in Los Angeles, there are many jobs in the arts — acting, dancing, singing and the visual arts. There are also opportunities to work in entertainment (behind the scenes), fashion, museums and theatres.  

Other popular industries include air transportation, bioscience, food manufacturing, information technology and trade logistics. 

The area has over 900 public and 1600 private schools to serve grades K-12. There are also more than 60 colleges and universities for adult students. 

U-Pack can help with moves to California

U-Pack® has nationwide service centers and more than 25 years of experience. We have locations near NYC and LA and are 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.