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  1. Public Schools
    D+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Philadelphia is a city in Pennsylvania with a population of 1,575,522. Philadelphia is in Philadelphia County. Living in Philadelphia offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Philadelphia there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Philadelphia and residents tend to be liberal.
About Philadelphia...
Population
1,575,522

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$156,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,007
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Philadelphia Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    486
    282.7
  • Murder
    22.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    69
    40.7
  • Robbery
    331.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    409.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,329.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    357.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Philadelphia

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$43,744
National
$55,322
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I have lived in Philadelphia all of my life. Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods or blocks even. In some neighborhoods residential blocks can vary greatly. Some are safer and have a beautiful aesthetic, others not so much. Unfortunately, some neighborhoods are riddled with crime. The areas that are not have a higher price tag. There is a lot of gentrification happening in the city and that may appeal to many people. If you like or love city life there is something for you in Philadelphia. Center City is packed with condos, restaurants, shopping, and a bit of historical charm. If you want something a bit less crowded with more charm- Olde City is great. I personally prefer the Mt. Airy section of the city. It's a little bit quieter and family friendly and closer to the suburbs. One thing I would like to say is Philadelphia is more than cheese steaks! And if we do get a cheese steak we do NOT go to the two places in South Philly that they always show during football games!
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Philly has so many great touristy and non-touristy activities. The food (especially cheesesteaks) is amazing! There is lots of history here, too. Philly is also super close to lots of other places like NYC, DC, and the shore. Although most of Philly is very safe, some areas could use help to reduce crime and poverty. In addition, some areas still experience racial, socioeconomic, and gender-based redlining. Overall, Philly is a great city and one definitely worth checking out!
Philadelphia has everything you need. It's a major city with a small-town feel. It has amazing restaurants, beautiful parks, historic legacy, museums, and a great local music scene. Public transportation is reliable, and there is an abundance of bus routes covering the entire city. The city is also incredibly walkable and it's impossible to get lost due to its grid-based layout. I highly recommend living here!