Philadelphia, PA
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Philadelphia is a very large city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 1,567,442 people and 385 constituent neighborhoods, Philadelphia is the largest community in Pennsylvania.

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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Philadelphia who work in office and administrative support (14.81%), sales jobs (9.34%), and management occupations (7.12%).

One downside of living in Philadelphia, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.87 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 citizens of Philadelphia are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.51% of adults in Philadelphia having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Philadelphia in 2010 was $22,542, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,168 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 13.03% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Philadelphia include Italian, German, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Philadelphia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.