Moving from Portland, OR to Phoenix, AZ

Expand your horizons in the Valley of the Sun 

Upon your arrival in Phoenix, AZ, you’ll likely notice two things right away: the sun and the sprawl. That will be an adjustment coming from Portland, OR. Fortunately, there’s plenty to see and do in your new city as you get your bearings. Become more familiar with the Valley of the Sun, then learn how you can save money and time on your long-distance move. 


Welcome to a national hotspot 

With a population of nearly 1.7 million (more than twice that of Portland), Phoenix is the fifth-largest city and the fastest-growing large city in the U.S. Phoenix grew by more than 11 percent (about 200,000 people) between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And it’s not just a magnet for retirees seeking a warm, dry climate. Single professionals and families are drawn to the desert for career opportunities and more affordable housing. 


Speaking of heat … 

If you’re fond of Portland’s cool and misty coastal climate, here’s a spoiler: It gets hot in Arizona. Really hot – as in triple-digit highs on average from May to September. But in exchange, you can expect mild winters and early springs, and less than 4 inches of rainfall per year. That means more opportunities to explore Phoenix’s hiking trails, the wildlife at the Desert Botanical Garden, and the city’s many concert venues and night spots.  


Discover a diverse economy 

With more than 46 million people traveling through Sky Harbor Airport each year, it’s no surprise that tourism is one of Phoenix’s largest job sectors. However, if you work in technology, healthcare or finance in Portland, you’ll find many similar opportunities in Phoenix as well. Some of the city’s largest employers include Amazon, Wells Fargo, Honeywell and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 


Get ready to cover lots of ground 

While Portland is compact and dense, making it easy to navigate on foot and by public transit, Phoenix is a different story. At 518 square miles, Phoenix is roughly four times larger geographically than Portland, so it really helps to have a vehicle. Many locals live in suburbs like Buckeye and Anthem. You’ll find plenty of traffic and some congestion during rush hours — the average commute is about 27 minutes. 


Soak in the sporting life 

Enjoy catching the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers or the Timbers of the MLS? You’ll love all the options available in your new city. With five professional teams, Arizona State University down the road in Tempe, a popular PGA Tour event and nearly 200 golf courses in the area, it’s safe to say that Phoenix loves sports.  


Move easier and pay less with U-Pack® 

Moving from Portland to Phoenix is easy with the right help. The residential relocation experts at U-Pack® can provide the guidance and service you need at a price you can afford. And with more than 240 service centers nationwide, we can complete your long-distance move in less than a week. Learn more by getting a free quote today.