Best Neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, the "City of Brotherly Love", is the 5th largest city in the United states. 80 miles southwest of New York, Philadelphia touts a population of approximately 1.5 million at the center and 6.1 million in the greater Philadelphia area. As a centerpiece of early American History, Philadelphia is home to historic Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Philadelphia is a cultural, educational, and artistic mecca and home to many national historic sites. Philadelphia has more public art than any other American city. Philadelphia is culturally diverse in its composition and has notable representation in all major sports. And just as the name suggests, Philadelphia is the home to the Philly cheesesteak, and is known for its soft pretzels, hoagies, scrapple, water ice, and Tastykake.

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Football - Eagles

Baseball - Phillies & A's

Basketball - 76's

Hockey - Flyers

Crime Rate

Philadelphia has a higher than average crime rate. Local government has a goal of significantly reducing the crime rate in the upcoming months.

Top Neighborhoods

South Street is Philadelphia's Greenwich Village. There is just about everything for everybody here. Above average shopping, quality restaurants, and a variety of bars and night spots, South Street is a ten block party from Penn's Landing to about 10th Street. There are also plenty of live music venues here, including the Theater of the Living Arts, or the TLA; featuring eclectic and mainstream acts ranging in style from spoken word to rock to hip-hop. The area has a bohemian feel. In fact, South Street is a great place to bring the family for a day of fun and food, and it makes an even better spot for a late night on the town.

Old City is Philadelphia's original neighborhood. When the Quakers first came, this is where they set up port. Traditionally Old City is considered to lie east of 7th, north of Pine Street and south of Vine Street. 2nd and 3rd Streets, heading south into Society Hill, provide an upscale answer to South Street's funky bohemia. Old City has plenty of art galleries and performance theaters, and is known for the most exciting collection of art galleries on the East Coast. For restaurants, look just south to Chestnut and along Market. Of course, no trip would be complete without a stroll through Independence Park. During the day the Park is a recreational and educational ground. The National Park Service offers tours of both Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, as well as many other early American buildings of particular significance to the U.S. Independence that all lay within the general vicinity of Old City.

Montgomery County is a combination of colonial history, traditional charm and 20th-century technology. Settled in the 17th century, Montgomery County was the scene of pivotal Revolutionary Wars. You get the best of both worlds from the shiny office buildings and extensive shopping centers, to the lush green countryside, historic sites and gracious homes. There are a rich assortment of activities and attractions to chose from. Today, Montgomery county is know for its exceptional schools, serene parks and high income average. The area is culturally diverse and more than 650,000 people from all walks of life applaud the county's acclaimed way of life.

Center City East/West is situated between the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, Center City is the heart and soul of Philadelphia. Currently the third most populated downtown after New York City and Chicago, Center City has seen a welcome resurgence in activity since the 80's.Now a thriving downtown, with plenty of restaurants, shops, bars and nightclubs, the vibrant hub of the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan region is home to charming historic neighborhoods, nationally recognized fine dining, world renowned museums, cultural institutions, great shopping, unique small sops, and state-of-the-art office towers. Center City East/West has wonderful townhouses, lofts and apartments with great views, world-class tourist attractions, and a growing and vibrant downtown population.

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Manayunk is derived from the Native term meaning "where we go to drink." Interestingly enough, Manayunk is a great place for the young, hip crowd to unwind. Main Street in Manayunk has a huge assortment of bars and restaurants, with a number of affordable places to enjoy yourself. Named a National Historic District in 1983, "Philadelphia's Main Street" has dozens of restaurants and boasts more than 65 galleries and chic boutiques and galleries. There's good live music just almost every night and weekends find hundreds of people on the streets walking around enjoying all Manayunk has to offer. Manayunk is a great representation of Philadelphia urban life.

Northern Liberties, situated north of Spring Garden Street and south of Girard Avenue, has recently become known as an alternative night spot for the young and outgoing crowds of modern Philadelphia. With Delaware being its eastern boundary, the district is home to many restaurants and eclectic bars ranging from small neighborhood joints to larger venues.. As well, Northern Liberties is one of Philadelphia's biggest draws for artists and great musical acts. There are trend setting art galleries balanced against down to earth appeal. Northern Liberties has both private and public schools, and easy access to public transportation.

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