Thinking of moving to Philadelphia? As the official birthplace of America, this historical and cultural East Coast city has much to offer. Check out these 9 Philadelphia facts before moving.


Moving to Philadelphia? Congrats! You’re about to get acquainted with one of the country’s most historic and cultural cities. Philly may be the East Coast’s second-largest city with over 1.5 million residents, but it still has a small town feeling.

So before you pack up your belongings, why not learn a few Philadelphia facts and get to know the City of Brotherly Love…

9 Things to Know About Philadelphia Before Moving There

1. There’s lots to do in Philadelphia.

Moving to Philadelphia, Facts to Know - There is plenty to do in Philadelphia

Philly is never boring. There are lots of things to see and do, which is why it attracts millions of tourists each year. But luckily, since you’re moving there, you’ll get to explore it at your leisure. Philly is known for its numerous museums, plentiful outdoor sculptures and murals. Then there are the countless world-class entertainment options, parks, plays, restaurants and bars!

Moving to Philadelphia, Facts to Know - Philly's many nicknames

2. Philly has free stuff.

You may not feel like spending up large after your big move, especially if you’re still getting organized. But if you feel like getting out and about for a breather, it’s good to know that Philly has lots of free activities you can enjoy.

Check out the following five free activities for starters: 

  1. Independence Visitor Center at 599 Market Street.
  2. The Liberty Bell Center on 6th and Market Streets.
  3. Independence Hall and Congress Hall at 520 Chestnut Street
  4. The Rocky Statue and Steps at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  5. The Love Sculpture at 1500 Arch Street.

3. It has heaps of American history.

Moving to Philadelphia, Facts to Know - Philly is a hub of American history

As you may have noticed from the list above, there’s a significant concentration of Philadelphia historical landmarks. After all, it was the birthplace of American freedom and where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed. Many of the Founding Fathers called Philly home, too, and the Old City district is a must-see.

For a one-stop-shop to brush up on your Philadelphia history, the National Constitution Center should be your first port of call.

4. Housing prices are low in Philadelphia.

Moving to Philadelphia, Facts to Know - Housing prices aren't bad in Philly

Did you know it’s cheaper to buy than to rent in Philadelphia? If you’ve been on the fence about this one, then you’ll be pleased to know house prices on average are among the lowest in the North East. It also has a low property tax of 0.925%, a bargain when compared with the neighboring city of Pittsburgh which charges 2.16%.

So, even if you’re moving to Philadelphia to rent, you’re in the right place if you want to get your money’s worth as a home buyer in the future.

5. Chestnut Hill, PA is great for families.

Moving to Philadelphia, Facts to Know - Chestnut Hill, PA is a great place to raise a family in Philadelphia

If you’re moving to Philadelphia with your family, then consider affluent Chestnut Hill as a relocation destination. This neighborhood has a lot of family-friendly attractions per capita including the Philadelphia Zoo, the Kids Play Place in the Park, parks, museums ice cream shops, toy stores and more!

If you want good schooling for your kids, Chestnut Hill is home to several good public, as well as private, schools and it has a free library. It also has one of the lowest crime rates in the city.

6. Manayunk is for young professionals.

Moving to Philadelphia, Facts to Know - Manayunk is a great neighborhood for young professionals.

If you’re moving to Philadelphia to connect with the younger professional crowd then Manayunk, just 15 minutes from the city center, is probably a great neighborhood for you. With lots of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs, plus local festivals, there’s always something going on. It’s also known for being a dog-friendly district, so a perfect place to live if you have a canine friend.

There’s a variety of housing types in this neighborhood, too, from turn-of-the-century row homes to contemporary townhouses.

7. There are plenty of other great neighborhoods in Philly to move to.

Moving to Philadelphia, Facts to Know - Finding the right Philadelphia neighborhood for you

Apart from Chestnut Hill and Manayunk, there are lots of other neighborhoods to check out if you’re moving to Philadelphia. Each has something to offer. For instance, there’s…

  • Rittenhouse Square and Old City for Philadelphia history buffs.
  • University City for college students.
  • Fishtown for hipsters.
  • Callowhill for live music lovers.
  • Fairmount for fine art connoisseurs.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty more neighborhood niches in Philly to discover.

8. It is situated above sea level.

Moving to Philadelphia, Facts to Know - Is Philadelphia above sea level?

If you’re concerned about global warming, here’s one of the Philadelphia facts you may want to know: is it above sea level?

Rest assured most of the city is. The lowest point in Philly is 10 feet above sea level near the Delaware River, while the highest point is 445 feet above sea level in Chestnut Hill–another good reason to move to this neighborhood!

9. Philadelphia has a lot of nicknames.

The two most common nicknames Philadelphia has are ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ and ‘Philly,’ but there are lots of others that you may not have heard of.

Other nicknames for Philadelphia:

  • The City of Neighborhoods
  • The City of Brotherly Shove
  • The Workshop of the World
  • The Quaker City
  • The Cradle of Liberty
  • The Athens of America, and finally
  • Our favorite: The City That Loves You Back!

Moving to a new city can be nerve-wracking, but you’ll find Philly offers all the benefits of a big city without the intensity. If you’re still not sure, take a trip there first and check it out in person!

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About the Author


Angela Pearse

Angela Pearse is a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living.

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