Philadelphia is a very large city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 1,603,797 people and 409 constituent neighborhoods, Philadelphia is the largest community in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Philadelphia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Philadelphia is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Philadelphia who work in office and administrative support (11.38%), management occupations (8.75%), and sales jobs (8.05%).
Also of interest is that Philadelphia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Philadelphia is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Philadelphia is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
One downside of living in Philadelphia is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Philadelphia, the average commute to work is 33.48 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Philadelphia, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Philadelphia are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
In terms of college education, Philadelphia is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.23% of adults in Philadelphia have a college degree.
The per capita income in Philadelphia in 2018 was $29,644, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $118,576 for a family of four. However, Philadelphia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Philadelphia is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Philadelphia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Philadelphia residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Philadelphia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.06% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Philadelphia include Irish, Italian, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Philadelphia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.