Moving from Philadelphia, PA to Boston, MA

Turning the Page from Philadelphia to Boston

There aren’t two cities more central to the American story than Philadelphia and Boston. One example: Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston and rose to prominence in Philadelphia, giving both cities a claim to one of the Founding Fathers. As you prepare to leave the City of Brotherly Love for Beantown, explore what connects them and what sets them apart.

History Reigns In Both Places

History comes alive in Philadelphia and Boston, two cities that played a significant role in the birth of the United States. Reminders are everywhere. Philly is home to the Liberty Bell and the Declaration of Independence. Boston is known as “The Cradle of Liberty” because of its vital role in the American Revolution. 

Experience the Four Seasons

You’ll experience all four seasons in both cities. But Boston gets almost four times as much snowfall (47 inches) on average than Philadelphia (14 inches). Otherwise, the climates are similar. Leaf-peepers flock to Boston and the New England region for its stunning fall foliage.

Boston Is More Expensive

Boston’s cost of living is 47 percent higher than the national average. It’s also more expensive to live there than in other big metros like Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Miami, and Dallas. Whether you buy or rent in Boston ($423,450 median home price), be prepared for a significant increase from your digs in Philly ($200,142).

Fantastic 4: Top Reasons to Call Boston Home

Yes, Boston’s pricey and the winter Nor’easters are no joke. But there are many benefits to moving 300 miles up I-95.


About half the city’s population either walks or uses public transit. Boston created one of the country’s first historic walking tours, the Freedom Trail (which starts in Boston Common, the nation’s first public park). Current projects are underway to add 27 acres of green space into the city.

Health Care

There are many top-rated hospitals and doctors within the Boston city limits, giving residents access to world-class health care.


Boston contains top-rated school districts, along with a host of elite colleges and universities. Among them: Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston University, Boston College and the Berklee College of Music.

Big Events

Much like Philadelphia, there’s always something to do in Boston. The Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics play in front of packed houses. The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon (122 years and counting). There’s also the Cambridge Science Festival, Harborfest (Independence Day celebration), ArtWeek Boston, Boston Calling Music Festival, and December tree lighting ceremonies.

Boston-Bound? Let U-Pack® Lead the Way

Big-city, long-distance moves don’t have to be hard. With U-Pack, it’s simple: You pack and load, and we drive. With our network of service centers, we can deliver your belongings from Philadelphia to Boston quickly! Get a free online quote or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to see how much your move will cost.