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. 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 (11.78%), sales jobs (8.81%), and management occupations (7.93%).
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 a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Philadelphia. This makes Philadelphia a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Philadelphia presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
One downside of living in Philadelphia is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Philadelphia, the average commute to work is 33.52 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
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.
In terms of college education, Philadelphia is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.58% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Philadelphia in 2018 was $26,557, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $106,228 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 14.45% 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.