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Philadelphia is a city in Philadelphia County.

It is the county seat.

"City of Brotherly Love"

The latitude of Philadelphia is 39.952N. The longitude is -75.164W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 39 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 1,479,339.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Philadelphia demographic reports
Philadelphia is on the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers.
William Penn planned this as "a greene Countrie Towne, which will never be burnt, and allways be wholsome." The first Quakers who arrived here lived in caves along the riverbanks.

The first and second Continental Congresses met in the city in the mid-1770s. At the second, in 1776, the colonies declared their independence from Britain. Thomas Jefferson penned the document, the Declaration of Independence.

After gaining independence and then floundering under the Articles of Confederation, another convention, the Constitutional Convention, was held in the city in 1787. Out of this meeing came the country's present-day Constitution.

At the turn of the 18th century, the city was the country's most powerful. This continued until the 1820s, when the Erie Canal was built and New York surpassed it.

Public transportation: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, PATCO (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 20,620. The number of murders and homicides was 348. The violent crime rate was 13.8 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 10 among Best Cities for Singles, Forbes magazine, 2002
Philadelphia received national attention for 1985 police bombing of MOVE headquarters, killing 11 and destroying 60 homes
Local foods: cheese steak, roast pork sandwich
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "Philadelphia"
· 1976 movie, "Rocky"
· 2006 movie, "Invincible"
Census 2000 highlights: Fifth largest city in the U.S., by population
Well-known residents have included:
· Benjamin Franklin, editor, statesman and inventor
· Will Smith, actor and singer
· Marian Anderson, singer
· Margaret Mead, anthropologist
· Louis Kahn, architect
Local bands (past and present) have included Sister Sledge, The Roots, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Stylistics, G. Love & Special Sauce, Boyz II Men
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Gloria Jean's
Local festivals include:
  • Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe - Aug. 31-Sept. 15, 2007
  • Spring Oktoberfest - April 14, 2007
  • Octoberfest - Aug. 16-Sept. 30, 2007
  • Philadelphia Film Festival - April 5-18, 2007
  • Folk Festival - Aug. 17-19, 2007
  • Mexican Independence Day Festival - Sept. 16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Philadelphia web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Sinfonia
Nearby parks & recreation: Fairmount Park
Philadelphia attractions: Philadelphia Zoo
Sports teams: Phantoms (AHL), Phillies (NL), Eagles (NFL), 76ers (NBA), Flyers (NHL), Soul (Arena Football League), Barrage (Major League Lacrosse)
Historic sites and museums: Independence National Park, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Academy of Natural Sciences, Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia History, Rodin Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia University, Thomas Jefferson University, La Salle University, Saint Joseph's University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 130
In Philadelphia, thousands frightened. More right after this.
-- WKRP in Cincinnati, 1978
Les Nessman
· "Philadelphia Freedom"
· "Sailing To Philadelphia" (Mark Knopfler)
· "Streets of Philadelphia" (Bruce Springsteen)

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Neighborhoods in Philadelphia include Academy Gardens, Allegheny West, Andorra, Angora, Aston-Woodbridge, Bartram Village, Bella Vista, Belmont, Brewerytown, Bridesburg ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Philadelphia include Academy Gardens, Allegheny West, Andorra, Angora, Aston-Woodbridge, Bartram Village, Bella Vista, Belmont, Brewerytown, Bridesburg ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Philadelphia demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Philadelphia County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Philadelphia area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 19107 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

8% of Philadelphia residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Philadelphia ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Philadelphia was $16,509, compared with $21,587 nationally.


18% of Philadelphia residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Fairs, festivals & other events
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Historic districts in Philadelphia include Brewerytown Historic District, Broad Street Historic District, Center City West Commercial Historic District, Chestnut Hill Historic District, Clinton Street Historic District, Colonial Germantown Historic District, Drexel Development Historic District, Dropsie University Complex, Druim Moir Historic District, East Center City Commercial Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Philadelphia, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $474.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $800.


Libraries in Philadelphia include Andorra Branch Library, Blanche A Nixon Branch, Cobbs Creek, Bushrod Library, Bustleton Avenue Branch Library, Cecil B Moore Branch Library, Charles Durham Branch Library, Chestnut Hill Branch Library, Eastwick Branch Library, Falls of Schuylkill Branch Library, Fishtown Community Branch Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Philadelphia include Northeast News Gleaner, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer

TV stations in Philadelphia include KYW, WCAU, WPHL, WPSG, WPVI, WTXF, WYBE.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WHYY-FM., WRTI., WXPN.

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Philadelphia County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Philadelphia political report.

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Philadelphia restaurants taking online reservations include Allies American Grill - Philadelphia Marriott, Alma De Cuba, Amada, Astral Plane, Barclay Prime, Bistro Romano, Bistro St. Tropez, Bliss, Bourbon Blue, Brasserie Perrier ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Philadelphia workers is 32 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 332 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Philadelphia between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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Philadelphia, PA

Pros: reasonable rents in Center City, good restaurants, historical sites

Cons: crime, no real police presense, homeless in the upscale areas of Center City, 1 department store (Macy's that has only opened last September) in Center City

This is a good place to visit if you are an American History buff, but think twice about living here until the gangs, guns and resulting crime is addressed by a serious mayor and a professional police commissioner (but don't hold your breath!)

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