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Ten Things to Know About Philadelphia

  1. It’s at the center of so much. The beach, the Pocono Mountains, New York City, Washington DC and much more, are all less than two hours away and can easily be reached by car, train or bus. Moreover, you can be in the Caribbean in less than three hours and in London in just over five hours. Philadelphia is the most centrally located city in America as far as day trips go.
  2. It’s the sixth-largest city in the United States, but a college town at heart. Philadelphia has the nation’s largest per capita concentration of higher education institutions, with over 85 colleges, universities and technical schools, as well as seven schools of medicine. The University of Pennsylvania is ranked in the top 10 national universities according to U.S.News & World Report.
  3. It’s easy to get here. It is easy to get to Philadelphia by foot, bike, plane, train or automobile.
    • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is served by 22 airlines flying to 84 domestic and 40 international destinations. Plus, PHL is only about a 15-minute drive or train ride from Center City.
    • Amtrak’s 30th Street Station is within walking distance of downtown, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. The Amtrak train can get you from Boston to Philadelphia in no time.
    • The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the city’s bus, train and trolley public transportation system, was named the best large transit system in North America by the American Public Transportation Association.
    • Traveling to Philadelphia by car is easy. Two major highways or a bridge will get you right downtown.
    • Philadelphia is rated one of the top five most walkable cities in the United States. If you live in Center City, anything you could ever want or need is within walking distance.
  4. It has great weather. Philadelphia has four seasons and none is very extreme, thanks to an average temperature of 41 degrees Fahrenheit in January and 85 in August and an early spring and late fall.
  5. It’s the birthplace of healthcare. You will find some of the best hospitals in the nation in Philadelphia. Ben Franklin opened the first public hospital here in 1751, and today there are more than 120 hospitals, including 24 teaching hospitals, and nearly 500 doctors per 100,000 people in the metro area. There are seven medical schools (two osteopathic), five national cancer institutes and more than 80 percent of the world’s major pharmaceutical firms.
  6. It’s a great place to grow up. We have amazing parks and playgrounds in every neighborhood, a brand-new children’s museum, and the best children’s hospital in the nation (that’s us, CHOP!). In addition, we have a great selection of preschools, three of the best private elementary schools in the country, dozens of top-notch universities and so much more.
  7. It has a world-class art scene. Philadelphia is one of the foremost creative cities in the world. The list of concert halls is staggering, from the world-famous, critically acclaimed Kimmel Center to the outdoor venue Mann Music Center and the World Café. Philadelphia also has an opera company, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Peter Nero & the Philly Pops, the Philadelphia Orchestra (Symphony Orchestra – one of the “Big Five” American orchestras, founded in 1900) and many great halls, so there is a concert somewhere every night. Philadelphia is home to the world-class Philadelphia Museum of Art (with the steps made famous in “Rocky”), the Barnes Foundation, and about 100 other great galleries and museums throughout the city and surrounding neighborhoods.
  8. It has an incredible sports scene. Philadelphia is home to the Phillies, World Series Champions, the Eagles (football), the 76ers (basketball) and the Flyers (hockey). We also have two of the newest and greatest stadiums around, an indoor soccer team (the Kixx), an outdoor soccer team (the Union) and a professional men’s lacrosse team (the Wings).
  9. It has a wide variety of housing choices. Philadelphia has one of the healthiest real estate markets in the nation, due in part to our abundance of hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, universities and law firms. Visit to learn about Philadelphia real estate, relocation and Philadelphia neighborhoods, and to search home listings of every kind. 
  10. It’s a foodie’s heaven. Philadelphia has amazing food options, including some of the best steakhouses and vegetarian bistros in the nation. The diversity is delicious and exciting. We are home to two nationally acclaimed Iron Chefs, Morimoto and Jose Garces. In addition to haute cuisine, Philly has many hometown favorites: soft pretzels, Tastykakes, water ice and the famous Philadelphia cheesesteak.

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