Philadelphia, PA
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Living in Philadelphia


Philadelphia is a very large city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 1,584,138 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.

Philadelphia is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

Philadelphia is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Philadelphia is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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.

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.

The overall education level of Philadelphia is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.08% of adults 25 and older in the city 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.