Moving from Tampa, FL to Houston, TX

Transition from Tampa to Houston and discover a new world 

Massive, culturally diverse and fast-paced, Houston has practically everything you could want or need. Moving from Tampa, a city that’s six times smaller, might feel overwhelming at first. But there’s a lot to be excited about! Let’s look at some things you can expect as a new H-Town resident. 

The weather is (mostly) identical 

Tampa and Houston practically mirror one another with humid, subtropical climates. Hot, sticky summers and mild winters are the norm in both cities. The good news? It rains half as much in Houston during the summer as it does in Tampa, which lowers the humidity. 

South Texas has more than just oil and gas jobs 

This region (with a population of more than 6.7 million) is considered to be one of the top manufacturing metro areas in the country. Almost two dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Sysco and FMC Technologies, call Houston home.  

If you work in healthcare, one of the largest sectors in Tampa, you’ll find lots of opportunities in Houston. More than 50 healthcare, education and research institutions make up the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical campus.  

Getting around will take some time 

Living in Tampa means you’re no stranger to traffic, which will ease your adjustment to Houston — the average commute time in both cities is nearly 30 minutes. Houston’s sprawl requires most residents to spend a lot of time in their cars, especially those living in popular suburbs like The Woodlands, Katy, Sugar Land and Pearland. 

For public transportation, there’s a growing light rail system within the city and Park N’ Ride bus transportation to and from surrounding areas. 

Traveling in and out of Houston is convenient with two major airports, George Bush Intercontinental (one of the nation’s busiest) and Hobby. Both offer direct flights to almost every big city across the globe. 

There are lots of options for easy getaways 

Like life in Tampa, from sports and museums to dining and concerts, Houston has more than enough activities to occupy and entertain you. But when you’re looking for a little something different, there’s a variety of leisure options just a short drive away. Within a 3-hour radius, you’ll find:  

  • Texas Hill Country 
  • South Padre Island  
  • Big Bend 
  • Guadalupe and Frio Rivers 
  • Galveston 
  • Austin 
  • San Antonio 

Enjoy a worry-free long-distance move from Tampa to Houston with U-Pack 

With all the driving you’ll be doing in Houston, wouldn’t it be nice to avoid navigating a large moving truck nearly 1,000 miles from Tampa? You can with U-Pack®, an affordable and efficient alternative to full-service movers. Just pack and load into our equipment, and we’ll take care of the rest.  

We have locations nearby that will make your move from Tampa to Houston a breeze! Contact us for service options and a free quote.