Moving from Philadelphia, PA, to Boston, MA

From one U.S. Commonwealth to another

Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are 2 of 4 U.S. states with “commonwealth” in their official names. It’s an English term for a political community created for the common good. While Philadelphia and Boston have some common ground when it comes to colonial history, you’ll find that many things are different between the two cities as well.  

Boston’s metro population of nearly 5 million is around 1.4 million fewer than Philadelphia’s metro, but that doesn’t mean your new city lacks opportunity. Let’s see what you can anticipate in Boston. 

Chillier winters in Boston 

Despite the cities being only 300 miles apart, Boston experiences colder winters, with more snow and lower temperatures. Annual snowfall in Boston is almost 50 inches, over twice as much as Philadelphia.  

You can also expect milder summers in Boston, with average highs around 82 degrees compared to Philadelphia’s average high of 87. Both cities average 47 inches of rain per year.  

Sports fan? Boston has an abundance of team spirit 

Philadelphia and Boston are both cities with passionate sports fans. Boston is home to 5 professional men’s teams: 

  • Boston Red Sox (MLB) 
  • Boston Bruins (NHL) 
  • Boston Celtics (NBA) 
  • New England Patriots (NFL) 
  • New England Revolution (MLS) 

Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University and Harvard University are active in NCAA Division I College Athletics. The city also hosts the Boston Marathon every April. 

Live and learn in Boston 

Although the cost of living is high in Boston, the job market is strong in health care and education, and salaries are higher than national averages.  

There are 226 public and 520 private schools that serve grades K-12. The city has 50 colleges and universities for adult learners, including 12 that made the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. Boston is the site of prestigious hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Boston Children’s Hospital.  

Move to Boston with U-Pack

Through our service centers near Philadelphia and Boston, U-Pack® can help with your move to Massachusetts. We’re a DIY moving service where you pack, load and unload, and then we take care of the driving. Get your free online quote today or give us a call at 844-362-5303844-594-3077.