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Living in or Visiting Philadelphia - Looking at the Community

Aug 17, 2007
Philadelphia is the fifth highest populated city in the entire USA and the largest city in Pennsylvania. With a population of just over 1.5 million living in Philadelphia offers you a great cultural atmosphere.

Philadelphia is fondly called Philly and as the city of brotherly love. It is the second largest city along the east coast and it is a major educational and commercial center as well as housing the largest cultural center in the United States. It is also the fourth largest metropolitan in the United States. Philadelphia's downtown and New York City's downtown are only 80 miles apart.

Philadelphia is rich in history and culture because it is one of the oldest cities in the United States. And while it holds the title of being one of the founding cities it is also one of the most innovative cities. It was the first city to have a botanical garden, the first city to have a public library, the first city to have a pediatric hospital, a cancer hospital, an eye hospital, and a medical school. It was the first city to have a municipal water system and a modern skyscraper. That's just a few of its firsts. It's easy to see how this city earned its reputation.

Philadelphia is a humid subtropical climate with hot and muggy summers, mild falls and springs, and cold winters. Its average summer temperature is 80 degrees while its average winter temperature is 32 degrees.

The median age is 34 with a slightly higher female population than male. The average income is $40,000. You'll find the second largest Jamaican, Italian, and Irish population here and the third largest Puerto Rican and African American population.

Philadelphia has the highest homicide rate in the United States and it earns the honorable title of being the 6th most dangerous city in the USA. Don't let those numbers scare you off because as with any large cities there are pockets that are heavy in crime while the areas around are as safe as any other community.

The average single family dwelling runs around $215,000. Condominiums have become very popular and thus make up the majority of new development occurring in Philadelphia. A 2 bedroom apartment will run you around $1000 a month for rent depending on the location.

There are several Fortune 500 companies that have their head office located in Philadelphia which means there are some very good paying jobs here. Philadelphia is also home to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

This is a city with a very high student population because of the prestigious Drexel University College of Law, American Law Institute, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Temple University Beasley School of Law.

But wait there's more. This is also a very important area for medical research with Wyeth, Siemens, Merck, AstraZeneca, and GlaxoSmithKline all having large research facilities in Philadelphia also offering very high paying jobs.

This is a city with a distinct past and a distinct future. If you are looking for a city of opportunity this is certainly a city that fits the bill. Living in Philadelphia offers you all kinds of great opportunities.
About the Author
Terry Fitzroy is a professional writer and reviewer for real estate throughout the country. For more information on real estate trends and listings in go to http://www.myphillydeals.com/
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