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 1,584,138 people and 385 constituent neighborhoods, Philadelphia is the largest community in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.52 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 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: 28.58% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Philadelphia in 2010 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.