Moving from Tampa, FL to Raleigh, NC

Relocating to Raleigh from Tampa? Here’s what you need to know 

Raleigh is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. and it’s easy to see why. This research/technology hub in the tri-city region (a.k.a. the Triangle) of central North Carolina is filled with young professionals, diverse food and entertainment options, beautiful green spaces and Southern charm. 

If you’re planning a move from Tampa, FL, read on to find out more about Raleigh. Then, learn about the easiest, most affordable way to handle your relocation. 

What’s the cost of living like? 

While living in Raleigh is slightly less expensive than the national average, the influx of new residents has steadily driven up housing costs. Homes are bit more expensive in Raleigh than in Tampa. However, relatively low property taxes make it easier to own a home there than in other major cities. Median rent is roughly equal. 

Can you transition your career from Tampa to Raleigh? 

Health care and education professionals from Tampa should adapt well to Raleigh, where opportunities are plentiful in those fields, along with research and information technology. Nearly 40,000 residents are employed full time at the 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park (RTP). Top employers include the WakeMed Health & Hospitals, SAS Institute Inc., IBM Corporation, Cisco Systems Inc. BASF Corporation, Biogen Idec Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline.  

The region’s three universities Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University serve as both major employers and talent providers to the local industries. 

How’s the weather? 

Raleigh and Tampa share a similar climate, but you’ll experience four different seasons in Raleigh. Summers are hot and humid (average high is in the mid-90s), and winters are cool and damp (with lows in the 40s). The area gets about 43 inches of rain, spread evenly throughout the year, and at least 5 inches of snow. 

Skip the moving stress and settle in with U-Pack 

Raleigh is a 9.5-hour drive north up I-95 from Tampa. The good news is you don’t have to drive it at least not with all your stuff in tow. 

U-Pack® offers a full-service moving experience at a DIY price. You pack and load your belongings into our equipment. Begin either at your home or save by loading at one of our local service centers. We’ll deliver it to your new residence while you travel at your own pace! 

Check out the U-Pack coverage area and get a free online quote to start planning your move.