As the birthplace of American independence, Philadelphia is one of the country’s most historically significant cities. It is rich in heritage and culture from the Liberty Bell to the striking murals that brighten the streets. ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ is a welcoming place with a diverse, friendly and down to earth population. Each distinct neighbourhood has its own particular treasures to discover, from Irish pubs to Italian markets.
The city has America’s first stock exchange and a mature and robust economy based around well-established sectors such as law, medicine and education. There are also many national company headquarters based in Philadelphia including Comcast and Amtrak. Living costs compare favourably to other large US cities, particularly nearby New York and Washington DC. With warm sunny summers and crisp snowy winters, Philadelphia is the perfect year-round city for expats moving to the US.
Just eight miles northwest of Philadelphia, Narberth is a quiet, tucked away suburb with a strong sense of community. It’s location in the sought after Lower Merion school district make it a great choice for families moving to Philadelphia. It also boasts a sprawling park and charming old fashioned cinema.
The attractive leafy streets of Upper Makefield, close to the Delaware River, are just 34 miles from Philadelphia. The areas residents are justifiably proud of their rich local history and stunning open spaces.
In the picturesque Chester County, West Goshen is a green and pleasant suburb less than an hour from the centre of Philadelphia. It is home to some of the area’s biggest employers and the nearby West Chester town centre has a great choice of shops and restaurants.
Huntington Valley is a quiet community in Montgomery County, ideal for those seeking space and solitude within reach of the city. It has some of the best performing schools in the state and there is also the beautiful Pennypack Creek which runs through Lorimer Park.
Transport / Getting Around in Philadelphia
The 25 blocks that make up the main city centre are easy to navigate by car or foot. The Delaware and Schuylkill Expressways are the main routes into the city by road with the Vine Street Expressway linking the two across the city. Many moving to Philadelphia choose to commute via public transport all overseen by the city’s transportation authority, SEPTA. There is a fast and reliable light rail and subway system, both of which are popular commuters. There is a comprehensive bus service with 117 routes around the greater Philadelphia area and several intercity routes departing from the Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal.
Leisure Activities and Things to Do in Philadelphia
The Liberty Bell Center contains one of America’s most famous historical artefacts and you can find out all about the key role Philadelphia played in the Revolutionary War both here and at the nearby National Constitution Center. You can visit the very place the Declaration of Independence was signed at the impressive Independence Hall. Philadelphia is bursting with culture and the stunning Museum of Art boasts a vast collection including 18th Century Pennsylvanian arts and crafts and the adjacent Rodin Museum has the largest selection of the artist’s work anywhere in the world. Reading Terminal Market is a must for foodies with a huge variety of local produce and exotic edibles. The enormous Fairmount Park is the perfect place to unwind with breath-taking walking trails, beautiful rivers and lakes and historic mansions and is also home to the impressive Philadelphia Zoo.
Interesting facts about Philadelphia
- Philadelphia was the capital of the United States for several years following the declaration of independence.
- The very first American flag was designed and sewn by Betsy Ross in Philadelphia in 1777.
- Philadelphia is a historic city and home to the nation’s first library, zoo, university and bank.
- Philadelphia has more public art than any city in the country, including thousands of murals courtesy of the city’s mural arts programme.
- The world’s first fully electronic computer was completed in Philadelphia in 1946.