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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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St Gabriel School

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Rhoads James School

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: Avenue of the Arts South, Rittenhouse Square and Center City West.

Philadelphia Neighborhoods




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1 Avenue of the Arts South 99 100 94 4,013
2 Rittenhouse Square 99 100 94 8,524
3 Center City West 99 100 96 6,411
4 Washington Square West 98 100 96 11,444
5 Center City East 98 97 92 14,635
6 Fitler Square 96 99 99 7,429
7 Logan Square 96 100 93 5,137
8 Bella Vista - Southwark 95 77 83 37,130
9 Spruce Hill 93 88 99 14,098
10 Graduate Hospital 93 85 94 11,282
11 Northern Liberties - Fishtown 93 79 84 11,212
12 Queen Village - Pennsport 91 64 87 19,490
13 Walnut Hill 91 81 99 3,815
14 Cedar Park 91 80 99 4,634
15 Southwest Cedar Park 91 82 98 3,628
16 Point Breeze 90 73 80 23,703
17 Fairmount - Art Museum 90 78 89 23,767
18 South Philadelphia East 89 75 83 24,742
19 Dunlap 89 75 91 2,088
20 Haverford North 89 73 91 1,442
21 Kensington 88 68 75 47,682
22 University City 88 95 97 14,345
23 Avenue of the Arts North 88 87 71 10,910
24 West Powelton 87 85 98 3,733
25 Powelton Village 87 94 94 5,620
26 Port Richmond 86 62 69 25,568
27 North Philadelphia East 86 82 73 43,367
28 Haddington 85 76 75 21,981
29 Fairhill 85 69 71 26,097
30 Belmont 85 70 78 3,767
31 Carroll Park 85 72 64 14,127
32 Cobbs Creek 84 72 80 37,900
33 Logan - Ogontz - Fern Rock 83 78 67 43,341
34 Mantua 82 65 91 5,991
35 South Philadelphia West 82 70 74 37,002
36 Olney 82 70 65 35,312
37 Mill Creek 82 74 82 8,410
38 Tacony - Wissinoming 82 58 58 32,115
39 Hunting Park 81 74 60 18,865
40 Tioga - Nicetown 81 81 60 14,885
41 Kingsessing 81 76 87 25,694
42 Frankford 80 77 62 38,533
43 Juniata Park - Feltonville 80 58 67 36,522
44 Allegheny West 80 70 61 17,745
45 Oxford Circle - Castor 80 62 59 52,702
46 Manayunk 79 54 45 18,876
47 North Philadelphia West 79 69 64 51,516
48 Elmwood 79 72 71 20,252
49 West Oak Lane 78 61 67 20,166
50 Grays Ferry 78 57 74 6,342
51 Mayfair 77 65 59 25,330
52 Germantown 77 65 60 22,573
53 East Germantown 76 64 63 24,752
54 Lawncrest 74 59 67 38,335
55 West Parkside 73 69 77 792
56 Cedarbrook - Stenton 73 56 57 31,087
57 East Mount Airy 72 56 60 15,221
58 Overbrook 71 65 59 32,774
59 Wynnefield 69 59 64 9,352
60 Oak Lane - East Oak Lane 68 65 62 13,774
61 East Parkside 68 66 81 2,936
62 Eastwick - Southwest Philadelphia 67 66 64 26,525
63 Rhawnhurst 67 54 61 29,682
64 West Mount Airy 67 52 57 12,783
65 Fairmount Park 67 65 76 2,016
66 Holmesburg 65 52 61 33,658
67 East Falls 63 62 51 9,635
68 Chestnut Hill 62 50 44 9,820
69 Bridesburg 57 47 52 7,022
70 Fox Chase - Burholme 55 49 56 20,829
71 Roxborough 53 43 45 21,835
72 Wynnefield Heights 52 53 53 7,172
73 Bustleton 49 45 52 41,398
74 Somerton 46 44 44 24,151
75 Northeast Philadelphia 44 49 49 57,889
76 Torresdale 42 48 51 22,079
77 Parkland 36 49 40 531

Eating & Drinking

There are about 5,101 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

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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.

Bike Score of Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.


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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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Liberty Baptist Church

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Bryant Elementary School

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SEPTA Train Station

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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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Passyunk Food Cart

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Overbrook 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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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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Naval Square

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Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park

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Cedar Park

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Dati's Homemade Water Ice

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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Charles L Dunbar Free Library

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