Living in Philadelphia

It has its advantages. The multitude of things that make the City of Brotherly Love so special and unique would take the entire article. Locals claim Philly has the title for greatest city in the world and that anyone would be lucky to live here. But, what really makes the city so great? Should you actually consider living in Philadelphia? Compared to other U.S. cities, Philly really does have a leg up. We took a look in terms of transportation, friendliness, weather, affordability, music, and, of course, sports!

Sports Culture

Notorious. There’s no denying that would be the word that comes to mind when you think ‘Philly Sports’. But local would argue in favor of the sports fan culture. Do things go over-the-top sometimes? Sure. But that happens in every city. If you are living in Philadelphia, you can’t help but get swept up in the city’s enthusiasm for its pro teams. When Philly teams do well, the entire city seems to burst with excitement. Philadelphians firmly believe that championships should not go un-celebrated, as we saw in 2018 when the Eagles won their first Super Bowl. There are plenty of sporting activities other than football, basketball, and baseball. The city also participates in sports that are less popular but just as fun such as boating, car racing, sky diving and zip lining. With biking trails throughout the city, and incredible hiking just a short drive away, living in Philadelphia will get you outside more often than you might think.

Friendliness

Misunderstood. They’ve gotten a bad rap, but Philadelphians generally act enthusiastic, forthcoming, and eager to mix and socialize. The locals are open and honest and like to help others out when they need it. While the blunt nature of speaking may throw you at first, you realize it comes from a place of caring for others. You’ll find a natural sense of community and awareness that you won’t find in many of the other cities throughout the country. Living in Philadelphia is like being part of one big family. It’s not called the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ for nothing!

 

Weather

In some cities, such as Boston and Chicago, the weather gets too snowy, windy, or cold. In other cities like Atlanta and Miami, it gets way too hot. Philly weather fluctuates; not too hot, not too cold. The time around May/June and September/October remains undoubtedly the best time to visit the city. The temperatures stay perfect for going out and exploring the city. In the summer, as temperatures heat up, you’re only a 45 minute drive to the beach. And in the winter, when it starts to snow, a short hour drive puts you in the mountains with some of the best skiing around. You know what they say- It’s (mostly) always sunny in Philadelphia!

Affordability

New York, Washington, even Boston. You’ll end up paying much more for living space than if you were living in Philadelphia. Unlike cities such as San Francisco, where you can afford a small apartment with a 6-figure salary, the cost of living in Philadelphia stays much lower. Even when compared to Atlanta, Philadelphia has apartments with better layouts and bigger yards for very reasonable rates. And as the city continues to grow and expand, you can buy a variety of living spaces before they explode in value. 

Music

The city has a fantastic music scene. Philadelphia has several large venues like The Fillmore and Festival Pier, where famous artists stop to perform on their tours. Philly lays claim to many successful artists that proudly grew up in the city and many continue living in Philadelphia long after their successful careers. These artists include Boyz II Men, The Roots, Meek Mill and of course, Will Smith. They’ll often return to their hometown to perform at concerts and music festivals like The Fringe Festival or Made in America. The latter being a popular festival that over 100,000 people attend. The music scene has a way to see everything from famous artists to local bands performing their hip-hop, rock, pop, R&B, and EDM music.

Transportation

You don’t have to worry about getting around when living in Philadelphia. The city offers a better public transportation system than most major cities. With a regional rail system, a local subway, a bus network, and rental bike stations, you can get anywhere you need to go within 20 minutes. Not to mention that you can walk most of the city. Don’t forget the international airport and regional Amtrak lines that can take you anywhere you need to go on a daily basis.

Maybe you’ve never thought about it, or maybe you’ve always been curious. Living in Philadelphia comes with its perks. There may be certain rumors about the city and its people, but hey- you’ll just have to move here to find out what’s true or not.

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