Moving to North Carolina

It’s hard to get bored in a state like North Carolina. This state is great for professionals, families, and just about everyone else. 

North Carolina was home to Blackbeard and other pirate landings and the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903.

Aside from history, there is plenty of beauty in the Tar Heel State. North Carolina’s beaches attract tourists from all over the country. If you get tired of the sand, take an airboat ride through one of the many swamps. Western North Carolina includes the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. 

To help your move, Mayflower has compiled what you need to know before making the move to the Tar Heel State. 

Weather in The Tarheel State

North Carolina experiences all four seasons for around 3 months each. Be prepared for more extreme weather, different regions in the state can experience hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms, and snowfall.

The coastal side of that state is warmer. Temperatures in the summer range from 80-90 degrees and winter temperatures range from 50-60 degrees. 

The Piedmont region experiences summers with highs often reaching 90-100 degrees. Winters here have highs in the 40s during the day with 10-20 degree lows after dark. 

Near the mountains on the west side of North Carolina, it can get colder. Winter temperatures range from 30-40 during the day to 0-20 during night. The summer in the mountains has less humidity and stays below 80 degrees. The mountains experience the most snowfall during the winter, along with the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham area. 

Education in North Carolina

Moving to North Carolina for school can be a great choice. The University of North Carolina claims to be the first public university in the United States.

The Research Triangle is a popular nickname for the Raleigh-Durham-Cary statistical area. This area includes three major research Universities. They are the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University in Durham and North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

While these universities all offer excellent education, they are also well known by college basketball fans. The state of North Carolina has 18 total institutions in NCAA Division I. 

Other popular universities in the state include Wake Forest in Winston Salem and the private Davidson College in Davidson. 

Besides quality higher education, North Carolina also has great K-12 education programs as well. In fact, there are 115 local public school districts, 148 charter schools, and over 2,500 traditional public schools to choose from!

For families moving with young children, NC ranks as one of the top four states for pre-kindergarten education quality standards, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research.

North Carolina was the first state to set learning standards for student testing and it also has the highest number of National Board-Certified teachers in the United States. If education is playing a factor in moving to North Carolina, you’re sure to find quality schools here!

Things to Do in North Carolina

The Tar Heel state offers many attractions from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the scenic beaches in the Outer Banks. With a rapidly growing job market and a steady housing market–there’s something for everyone in North Carolina. 

If you enjoy hiking, visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and explore one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. 

For history buffs, visit the notorious pirate Blackbeard’s hideouts, see his hometown, and explore the waters where his ship sunk. Foodies can enjoy North Carolina classics like shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and sweet potato pie. Although it’s now a national chain, Krispy Kreme opened in Old Salem, NC in 1937, so be sure to grab a classic glazed doughnut while you’re there.

Lower Than Average Cost of Living

Living in North Carolina means access to mountains, city living, beaches, and quality education. Residents here get all of this at an affordable cost of living. North Carolina is the 24th most affordable state to live in. The cost of living is 96.4*, lower than the national average. For grocery, North Carolina received a rating of 97.9. Housing in North Carolina is lower than the national average with a rating of 89.3. Perfect for young professionals and families.

Moving to North Carolina Soon? Let Mayflower Get You There

If you’re ready to move to North Carolina, using a professional moving company can make all the difference. Our full-service, long distance movers at Mayflower can help you plan, store and pack for your big move to the Tarheel State. 

For shorter moves across town or down the street, our local agents can independently perform the same services under their own businesses’ separate authorities and brands. 

View our full moving services and complete an online quote to get started.

MyMayflower Move Portal

Mayflower makes it easy to coordinate your move to North Carolina and stay organized along the way. The MyMayflower Move Portal can be personalized and streamlines your moving experience. Use customized tools to keep track of all major moving milestones, organize contacts, and book your move online.


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