Philadelphia, PA
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Philadelphia is a very large city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 1,580,863 people and 385 constituent neighborhoods, Philadelphia is the largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Philadelphia was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Philadelphia isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Philadelphia are a mix 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 (13.26%), sales jobs (9.17%), and management occupations (7.88%).

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.

One downside of living in Philadelphia, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.23 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Philadelphia is having a public transportation system, but in Philadelphia the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Philadelphia benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The percentage of people in Philadelphia who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.08% of adults in Philadelphia have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Philadelphia in 2010 was $24,811, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $99,244 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 14.13% 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.