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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Philadelphia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Philadelphia is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Philadelphia who work in office and administrative support (14.23%), sales jobs (9.48%), and management occupations (7.25%).

In Philadelphia, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.05 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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.

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: 25.41% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Philadelphia in 2010 was $22,919, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $91,676 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 13.36% 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.