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 1,567,872 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 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 (13.78%), sales jobs (9.25%), and management occupations (7.55%).

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 33.17 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 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 percentage of people in Philadelphia who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.35% of adults in Philadelphia have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Philadelphia in 2010 was $23,696, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,784 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 13.77% 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.