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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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St Gabriel School

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Rhoads James School

Philadelphia is the 5th 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, Avenue of the Arts South and Rittenhouse Square.

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

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 4,479 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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67 Transit Score of Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia has Good Transit

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Public Transit Routes

Philadelphia has good public transportation and about 93 bus, 15 rail, 2 subway and 6 light rail lines.

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Fox Chase Playground

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El Bar

66 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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Liberty Baptist Church

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Bryant Elementary School

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SEPTA Train Station

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Passyunk Food Cart


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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Overbrook Train Station

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Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park

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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Cedar Park

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Dati's Homemade Water Ice

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Charles L Durham Library

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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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Cedar Park

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