Philadelphia County

Explore Philadelphia County

Philadelphia is the birthplace of American innovation. Today Philadelphia 's rich history of innovation continues. It is a city on the move with political, economic, and artistic revitalization occurring across the board in the town's vibrant and eclectic communities. There are over 100 neighborhoods with diverse populations that give the city an unbeatable cultural energy. Wander the bustling Italian market. Take in a live rock, blues, jazz, classical, reggae or hip-hop show. Feast on farm-grown produce and traditionally crafted food in Reading Terminal Market. Take in an art-house film at The Ritz. With so much going on in Philadelphia , it's no wonder locals rarely leave.

Here are some of Philadelphia's great neighborhoods:

Philadelphia University City
Center City Bella Vista
Manyunk Northern Liberties
Old City Fairmont/Art Museum
South Street Roxborough
Germantown Fox Chase
Chestnut Hill Mount Airy
Filter Square Graduate Hospital
Pennsport Queen Village


Philadelphia is one of the nation's top dining destinations. Center City alone is packed with restaurant choices to suit every palate and every pocket, including Stephen Starr's many famous restaurants such as Buddakan, Jones, El Vez and the Continental. Styles range from American Eclectic, Italian, Mexican, Ethiopian, French, and Chinatown 's wide selection of authentic cuisine. The proliferation of gourmet BYO neighborhood restaurants have reinvigorated the dining choices all over town. For lunch the Reading Terminal Market offers just about every option imaginable, all fresh from local farmers and purveyors of fine food and it was just named one of America's Best Public Markets by Frommer's!


Center City has hundreds of independent and chain stores selling everything you expect to find in a major urban marketplace. Liberty Place and Rittenhouse Row are both home to some of the city's upscale shopping. Old City has several blocks of funky, eclectic shops and boutiques, while Fabric Row, on Fourth Street , offers fabulous fabric stores. Antique Row on Pine Street offers a mix of new and old clothing and furnishings. The 69th Street district is a multicultural shopping experience and The Gallery at Market East is the nation's largest enclosed urban shopping centre.

Arts & Festivals:

The city itself is alive with colorful murals and mosaics gracing the sides of countless buildings and homes. The world-famous Philadelphia Art Museum houses an incredible permanent collection and features traveling exhibits as well. Stroll through the gallery district in Old City during First Fridays when new exhibits premiere and the streets come alive with music and entertainment. The Avenue of The Arts is lined with dazzling performance spaces like The Kimmel Center, The Academy of Music, and The Wilma Theater—all hosting world-class music and theater. Check out “theater on the edge” during The Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Ring in the New Year with the famous Mummers. Other festivals to check out include: The Italian Market Festival, The Odunde African-American Festival, the Hispanic Fiesta and the Philadelphia Flower Show—just to name a few.


Nightclubs pump until 2 A.M. DJ's from around the world and around the corner spin every imaginable beat every night of the week. Live music is everywhere. Outdoor concerts in Rittenhouse Square and along Penn's Landing make the warmer months that much cooler. Jazz, blues, rock, reggae, and hip-hop can be heard in a cozy bar or a massive amphitheatre. Art-house films screened at The Ritz Movie Theatres are favorites with locals. Sip cocktails with friends at chic lounges, belt out favorite tunes at Karaoke Night, test your knowledge with Quizzo, or share a European moment at one of many outdoor cafes. Check out riverside action at the many indoor/outdoor clubs and restaurants along Delaware Avenue . The choices are endless.


There are plenty of public and private school options throughout the School District of Philadelphia in terms of both primary and secondary education.

A wide array of excellent private and parochial school options exist in the Philadelphia area as well. The city of Philadelphia is home to numerous prestigious colleges and universities. Students can pursue degrees across multiple disciplines at renowned institutions such as Temple University , University of Pennsylvania , Drexel University , Saint Joseph 's University, La Salle University , Philadelphia University , The Art Institute of Philadelphia, The University of the Arts, and Thomas Jefferson University .

Parks & Recreation:

See a Sixers, Phillies, Flyers or Eagles game in one of the city's newly constructed stadiums. If playing sports is more your speed Fairmount Park is one of the nation's largest urban park systems with highlights like Boat House Row and running and biking trails along the Kelly and West River Drives. Play basketball, baseball, football, soccer, frisbee, golf, tennis, jog, rollerblade, row, swim, cycle, or just stroll by the river. Go mountain biking in the Wissahickon Valley or play chess under the sun at the world-famous LOVE Park . Lay a blanket out for a picnic and enjoy the people-watching in Rittenhouse Square , Washington Square or any one of a number of neighborhood parks.

Public Transportation:

Philadelphia is a truly walkable city well served by SEPTA's regional rail, bus, subway, and trolley systems. PATCO trains, AMTRAK, Greyhound Buses, and the Riverlink Ferry all help Philadelphians get to points up and down the Northeast corridor. Philadelphia International Airport is 20 minutes from the downtown area and can be easily reached by SEPTA or taxi

Using public transportation, one can easily and inexpensively travel throughout the region without the hassle of parking.

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Of Philadelphia 's 1,517,550 residents 46.5% are male and 53.5% are female. 20 to 24-year-olds make up 7.7% percent of the population and 14.8% of residents fall within the 25 to 34-year-old range.
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