Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city located at the confluence of the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. It is the America’s fifth largest city. The city has a racial makeup of about 45 percent Caucasian, 44 percent African American and 7 percent Asian. Philadelphia is the economic capital of the Northwest with seven Fortune 1000 companies such as Comcast, Sunoco, Boeing Rotorcraft Systems and GlaxoSmithKline headquartered in the city. The city is also an education center with the third largest student population in the East Coast. Universities such University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Temple University have their main campuses in the city.
Chestnut Hill is located in Northwest Philadelphia and it’s the highest point in Philadelphia. Chestnut Hill is home to several world class private schools such as Chestnut Hill Academy, Springside School for girls and The Crefeld School. Mass transit is available in Philadelphia via trams, buses and commuter rail. Rail and buses are provided and operated by SEPTA, the transport authority in the region. Chestnut Hills has a median house price of around $525,000, which is some of the highest in Philadelphia. Several buildings in Chestnut Hill are listed in National Register for Historic Places. They include Anglecot, John Story Jenks School, Wissahickon Inn and the Thomas Mill Bridge. Chestnut Hill is one of the safest neighborhoods in Philadelphia with a crime rate that is well below the national average. Literacy is high in Chestnut Hill as over 94 percent of residents having finished high school.
City Center West is located west of downtown Philadelphia. The Schuylkill River runs through the eastern part of this city. This neighborhood has several iconic parks such as The Oval, Penn Park, Rittenhouse Square and JFK Plaza. Foodies can pass by The Rittenhouse Hotel or Tavern on Broad. The only public transportation provided is the tram. However, there are numerous tram stations within the neighborhood. There are also museums and art galleries such as The Franklin Institute, Rodin Museum, The Rosenbach and the Barnes Foundation. Crime is low in City Center West and the crime rate is below the national median.
City Center East is a neighborhood located to the East of Philadelphia’s city center. The area is not as diverse as the rest of Philadelphia with a Caucasian population of 74 percent and an African American Population of about 7 percent. Both the Interstate 676 and the Interstate 95 run through this neighborhood. There are many excellent restaurants in this neighborhood such as Brauhaus Schmitz, Zahav, Farm to City, Hotel Sofitel, Villa Pizza and the Philly Pretzel Factory. There are also some art galleries and museums for art lovers. The Liberty Bell, a symbol of America’s Independence, is located in City Center East. Public transport is provided by tram services. Housing in City Center East is expensive compared to the rest of Philly with an average home price of $415,000. Most homes in this neighborhood are occupied by renters. Average rents come in at around $1,200 per month.