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

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 5,529 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Philadelphia.

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

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The Gold Standard Cafe

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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, 15 rail, 2 subway and 6 light rail lines.

Transit Time

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Philadelphia has about 137 car shares from RelayRides and Zipcar.

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Fox Chase Playground

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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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