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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.

The city is home to neighborhoods such as University City, home of University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, and Bella Vista - Southwark, with eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, gastropubs and restaurants.

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79 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 West, Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South.

Philadelphia Apartments for Rent

Philadelphia Neighborhoods

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

Average Home Features

According to HomeAdvisor Data, these characteristics make up the average home in Philadelphia

Average square footage 2100
Homeowners have 3.3 bedrooms
Homeowners have 2.1 bathrooms
Age of home 48 years
Average time living in home 14 years

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Eating & Drinking

There are about 4,082 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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thumbnail for Hutchinson StreetMany of Philadelphia's quaint alley streets are located in Washington Square West. This picture shows the intersection of Hutchinson and Latimer streets. #phillyalleys #alley

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67 Transit Score of Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia has Good Transit

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Public Transit Routes

Philadelphia has good public transportation and about 92 bus, 13 rail, 2 subway and 5 light rail lines.

Transit Time

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Fox Chase Playground

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67 Bike Score of Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.

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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 launched bike share program Indego in 2015 with over 1,000 bikes and more than 130 bike share stations. 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.

thumbnail for The Liberty BellVisit one of the most historic American symbols of all time. The bell is located inside a learning center that showcases all of the great history behind it. #publicart #historicplace #kidfriendly Photo: pepsiline

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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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Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park

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Cedar Park

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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