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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
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 (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.
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 33.61 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, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Philadelphia are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
The overall education level of Philadelphia citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.69% of adults in Philadelphia have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
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.