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Living in Philadelphia

Grab one of the country's best Philly Cheesesteaks or stroll through Fairmount Park. Spend the day visiting The Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Museum of Art, or Independence Hall. SEPTA provides city transportation, while The Acela Express trains provide easy access between Boston, New York and Washington, DC.

Neighborhoods such as University City is home to University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, and walkable Passyunk, with eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, gastropubs and restaurants.

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Walk Score of Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Hutchinson Street

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The Liberty Bell

Philadelphia is the 4th most walkable large city in the US with 1,526,006 residents.

Philadelphia has good public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

Find apartments in Philadelphia's most walkable neighborhoods: Center City East, Center City West and Wharton/Hawthorne/Bella Vista.

Philadelphia Apartments for Rent

View all Philadelphia apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,295.

Rental info for Station at Manayunk in the Philadelphia area
from $1,478
1 bed
Walk Score 43
Rental info for Icon in the Philadelphia area
from $1,910
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for 1500 Locust in the Philadelphia area
from $1,579
Studio
Walk Score 97
Rental info for Primavera Properties in the Philadelphia area
from $625
1 bed
Walk Score 69
Rental info for Primavera Properties in the Philadelphia area
from $685
Studio
Walk Score 83
Rental info for The Pepper Building in the Philadelphia area
from $1,291
1 bed
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Camelot Apartments in the Philadelphia area
from $750
Studio
Walk Score 92
Rental info for Edgewater Apartments in the Philadelphia area
from $1,036
Studio
Walk Score 89

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Philadelphia Neighborhoods

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1 Center City East 98 96 94 27,511
2 Center City West 98 99 98 30,359
3 Wharton/Hawthorne/Bella Vista 95 79 84 28,232
4 Schuylkill Southwest 92 85 98 11,562
5 Fishtown 91 76 87 15,894
6 Pennsport/Whitman/Queen 91 68 87 27,260
7 Girard Estates 91 76 80 20,597
8 Cedar Park 91 80 97 16,342
9 University City 90 91 98 25,095
10 Fairmount/Spring Garden 90 84 92 21,665
11 South Philadelphia 90 76 83 24,664
12 Point Breeze 89 73 82 23,880
13 Harrowgate 88 68 77 16,060
14 Powelton 87 93 95 8,523
15 Poplar/Ludlow/Yorktowne 87 87 81 20,414
16 Kensington 87 68 81 14,046
17 West Kensington 86 76 75 9,857
18 Fairhill 85 70 69 28,072
19 Riverfront 85 72 92 1,536
20 Haddington/Carroll Park 84 74 72 28,255
21 Mantua 83 79 87 15,735
22 Mill Creek 83 75 82 10,488
23 Logan/Fern Rock 83 79 62 21,410
24 Hartranft 83 84 65 14,247
25 Manayunk 82 56 45 11,437
26 Tacony 82 56 75 13,852
27 Cobbs Creek 82 72 78 33,399
28 Tioga/Nicetown 82 81 59 18,123
29 Ogontz 81 75 68 24,967
30 Richmond 81 62 76 43,892
31 North Central 81 77 63 24,024
32 Olney 81 69 64 34,704
33 Wissinoming 80 62 69 14,299
34 Kingsessing 80 75 87 32,670
35 Alleghany West 80 72 61 20,304
36 Juniata Park/Feltonville 79 60 62 31,384
37 Hunting Park 79 68 61 23,094
38 Frankford 79 77 67 39,259
39 Brewerytown 79 64 72 11,565
40 Mayfair 78 60 62 32,434
41 Oxford Circle 78 64 59 58,514
42 Grays Ferry 78 61 74 16,423
43 Elmwood 78 71 71 27,863
44 Strawberry Mansion 77 65 64 20,239
45 West Oak Lane 77 61 65 31,391
46 East Germantown 77 64 63 21,667
47 Overbrook 77 68 57 29,205
48 Germantown 77 66 59 22,842
49 East Mount Airy 74 57 58 18,452
50 Lawncrest 72 59 65 38,190
51 East Oak Lane 70 67 62 14,028
52 Rhawnhurst 68 55 60 28,831
53 West Mount Airy 67 53 57 12,300
54 Cedarbrook 66 56 53 18,771
55 Wynnefield 65 62 60 30,300
56 Eastwick 63 64 71 14,600
57 Chestnut Hill 61 50 45 9,782
58 East Falls 60 62 52 10,153
59 Roxborough 59 46 45 29,551
60 Marconi Plaza/Packer Park 57 69 61 6,457
61 Holmesburry/Torresdale 57 51 66 31,248
62 Fox Chase 56 49 55 22,292
63 Somerton 50 45 48 30,228
64 Bustleton 50 46 52 32,380
65 Academy Gardens 47 50 55 26,637
66 Torresdale 44 48 51 31,488
67 Byberry 42 48 44 18,163

Eating & Drinking

There are about 4,768 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Philadelphia.

People in Philadelphia can walk to an average of 4 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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The Gold Standard Cafe

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Earth Bread+Brewery

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Transit Score of Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Philadelphia apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Philadelphia has good public transportation and about 90 bus, 13 rail, 2 subway and 6 light rail lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Philadelphia on public transit.

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Philadelphia has about 137 car shares from RelayRides and Zipcar.

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Bike Score of Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is Bikeable

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Crime in Philadelphia

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Each year in Philadelphia, 11 violent crimes and 38 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

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What's It Like to Live in Philadelphia?

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Stinger Square Park

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St Gabriel School

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Rhoads James School

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Liberty Baptist Church

Overview

Philadelphia is a city rich in American history. Independence Hall is here, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Liberty Bell is here too. German immigrants came to Philly as early as 100 years before American independence. And while it’s steeped in history – Elfreth’s Alley is a skinny street occupied continuously since the early 1700s – the city also has buildings like the 58 story shiny glass tower where Comcast makes its home.

Comcast isn’t the only big employer in town. There are lots of government jobs here – as you’d expect from a city so close to Washington DC. Aramark hospitality services is Philly based, Dow Chemical has a hub here, and Campbell’s Soup is across the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey. Several big pharmaceutical companies have their headquarters in the region, and US Airways has a major hub in Philadelphia. Philadelphia has its own stock exchange, so there are a number of financial services companies here too.

The city has long prided itself on diversity. That continually occupied street, Elfreth’s Alley, was once home to Jewish merchants, former slaves, and immigrants from Germany, Ireland, and other parts of Europe. Now, Philly’s diversity is seen it its embracing of the “Gayborhood” with its rainbow street signs – while not far away, you can shop Amish farm products at the Reading Terminal Market.

There’s a large student population too – Thomas Jefferson University is right in the heart of the city, and Drexel is in University City. There are more than two dozen institutes of higher learning in Philly, and that’s just in the city proper, there are more in the nearby Delaware Valley.

The city initially had a reputation for a rather practical approach to food – the cheese steak is a Philly phenomenon, and fresh soft pretzels are easy to come by. That stuff is still popular, but with the city’s gentrification, there’s been a new wave of restaurants that either remix Philly’s basic style or bypass it all together. You want organic shade grown coffee or grass fed beef or imported cheese? No problem. Philly’s immigrants have also left their mark on the food here, there’s an Italian market it South Philly, and a large Polish population should you find you want pirogi. You won’t starve here for lack of good food, that’s for sure.

Philly has that four season climate that many Northeast cities have, though it tends to be a bit milder in the winter than neighboring DC, New York, or Boston. Humid summers are common, and prime time is spring and fall. There are lots of pocket neighborhood parks and squares, and the city is home to Fairmount Park, one of the largest city parks in the world.

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Bryant Elementary School

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SEPTA Train Station

Getting Around

Getting around Philly without a car is quite easy – which is good because car owners will find parking a real challenge in most of the city. SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) runs an extensive network of busses, trolley lines, regional rail, and the city’s subway system. There is rail service to Philadelphia’s international airport. Amtrak runs the Acela Express, train service that connects Philly with Boston, New York, DC, and Baltimore. Megabus has express service to the major nearby northeastern cities as well. PATCO runs a regional rail line that connects downtown Philadelphia with Camden, New Jersey and the nearby New Jersey suburbs.

Bicycle commuting in Philly has a ways to go, but advocates are working to improve the existing network of bike routes and trails throughout the region. The city is looking at adding a bike share program in summer, 2014 and is planning to open up to 200 bike share stations in central Philadelphia. Enterprise and ZipCar both run car sharing service, so should you find you need a car for short term use, there’s no shortage of options.

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on The Liberty Bell

Neighborhoods

Center City (East and West) wins for walkablity in Philadelphia, and there’s all kinds of housing here, from historic row houses to brand new highrises. In Old City, buildings that were once warehouses are being renovated and converted into stylish condos, and they’re walking distance from great restaurants, shopping, and the subway. Closer to Thomas Jefferson University, there are immaculate new buildings with lots of modern amenities like stainless steel appliances, onsite gyms, and roof gardens. There are also classic old apartment buildings with lofted lobby spaces and beautiful architectural detailing.

Fishtown has a centrally located subway stop and it’s a top restaurant ‘hood in Philly. It’s got a lively First Friday artwalk and is gentrifying fast. That means prices are going up, but also, that this once working class fishing neighborhood is now a cool place to live. You’ll find smaller new construction condos squeezed in between vintage row houses and sparkling new loft style apartments with big windows and high ceilings. It’s possible to find units with as many as four bedrooms, maybe with a view of the river.

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Passyunk Food Cart

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Overbrook Train Station

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Naval Square

You’ll have to compromise a little bit on walkability, but if you want to live in a place that has historically embraced integration, check out West Mount Airy.

SEPTA rail lines do serve the neighborhood, so it’s possible to have a public transit commute if this is your choice. There are attractive modern townhouses here, some with hardwood floors and open floor plans, and some nice historic brick apartment buildings with attractively landscaped courtyards and details that include arched ceilings, leaded glass windows, and built in cabinets. Prices are a bit lower here than in more central neighborhoods.

Fairmount, bordered on one side by the Schuykill River and on the south end of Fairmount Park is known as a family friendly neighborhood. You can find larger apartments in gorgeously renovated factory buildings where the floor to ceiling windows are still intact.

You’ll also find single family homes walking distance from Fairmount’s neighborhood parks, and more of Philadelphia’s classic row houses for rent in their entirety or as apartments in divided buildings.

Search for Philadelphia apartments for rent with Walk Score and join the 35% of Philadelphia residents who rent their homes. You can find great homes for rent in one of Philadelphia's diverse neighborhoods including a studio in Germantown, or a 2 bedroom rental in North Central. Sort by condo price, number of bedrooms, access to SEPTA, Philadelphia's public transportation, or by the city's best restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores.

Families moving to Philadelphia can find family friendly neighborhoods with great schools near parks with Walk Score. Search for places to live near Zipcar car share locations in Philadelphia.

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Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park

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Cedar Park

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