Moving from Phoenix, AZ to Richmond, VA

Head east and immerse yourself in American history  

Sun-drenched Phoenix, AZ and historic Richmond, VA both rank among the country’s top 50 best places to live by U.S. News & World Report. If you’re moving from the Valley of the Sun 2,200 miles east to start a new life in Virginia’s capital, you’re going to need some help. 

Get a sense of what Richmond has to offer compared to Phoenix. Then, learn about a unique company that helps make long-distance moving easy, efficient and affordable. 


You may feel more connected 

While there’s a lot to see and do in Phoenix, it’s also easy to get lost in a sprawling metropolis of 1.7 million people occupying over 500 square miles. That shouldn’t be the case in Richmond — RVA is only 63 square miles with a population of 232,000, creating a more close-knit, immersive environment.  


Experience all four seasons without extremes 

Richmond straddles the boundaries of the northern and southern U.S., which means the city’s residents are rewarded with the best weather from both environments. RVA’s temperate climate includes crisp and sunny springs, cool falls with stunning foliage, mild winters (with about 11 inches of snow on average), and hot, humid summers with lots of outdoor festivals and events to enjoy. You’ll definitely get a departure from the year-round dry heat of Phoenix! 


Access historic sites and new adventures 

Founded in 1737, Richmond played a key role in the Civil War and is known for its well-preserved history. It’s a walkable city with interesting neighborhoods and historic landmarks like St. John’s Church and the Virginia State Capitol. Art enthusiasts will be drawn to the world-class Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and you can check out the Richmond Mural Project to view the work of the country’s top street artists. Feeling hip? Check out the local shops, restaurants and clubs in the vibrant Carytown district.  


Explore educational opportunities 

Thirty-eight Richmond metro area high schools are recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools rankings. There are five major colleges in the city, including Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond. Nearly 40 percent of Richmond residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. 


Being active is a way of life 

If you’re a Phoenician who loves being outdoors, you’ll find a great fit in Richmond. The city sits along the James River and is the only region in America with whitewater rapids running through its downtown district! You’ll also find mountain biking trails within the city limits, hiking at Pocahontas State Park, more than 100 local parks and Kings Dominion amusement park. 


Start your move the right way 

Cross country moving can be difficult, but U-Pack® makes it easy. We specialize in long-distance moves, with a service that helps you save money. You pack and load your stuff, and we take care of the driving. With a nationwide network of more than 240 service centers, we’ll pick up your belongings in Phoenix and deliver them to Richmond in less than a week! 

Find out more with a free, no-obligation quote today.