Philadelphia is a very large city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 1,584,064 people and 385 constituent neighborhoods, Philadelphia is the largest community in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Philadelphia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Philadelphia is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Philadelphia who work in office and administrative support (11.52%), sales jobs (8.55%), and management occupations (8.10%).
Also of interest is that Philadelphia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing noticeable about Philadelphia, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Philadelphia is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Philadelphia a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Philadelphia is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.
In Philadelphia, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.61 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Philadelphia is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Philadelphia really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Philadelphia citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Philadelphia ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Philadelphia a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.
In terms of college education, Philadelphia is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.69% of adults in Philadelphia have a college degree.
The per capita income in Philadelphia in 2018 was $27,924, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,696 for a family of four. However, Philadelphia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Philadelphia is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Philadelphia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Philadelphia residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Philadelphia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Philadelphia include Irish, Italian, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Philadelphia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.