Best Cities 2010: Philadelphia, PA

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Best Cities 2010: Philadelphia, PA

The city featured in the famous “Rocky” scene is also one of the few places with a professional franchise in all four major league sports

City: Philadelphia

State: Pennsylvania

Best Cities Overall Rank: 84

About Philadelphia:

The Philadelphia Museum of Art was made famous by being featured in the popular “Rocky” films, when Sylvester Stallone, as the boxer Rocky, made his famous training runs up the front steps.

Philadelphia is one of the few cities with a professional franchise in all four major league sports: the Phillies (baseball), the Eagles (football), the Flyers (hockey), and the 76ers (basketball).

County: Philadelphia

Population: 1,447,395

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia blogs:
Philadelphia Moms Blog
This Week in Philly
U Wish U Knew

Philadelphia‘s Facebook page: Follow Philadelphia on Facebook

Philadelphia‘s Twitter page: Follow Philadelphia on Twitter


Education rank:42

High School graduation rate 2008: 53%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 5

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.35

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 33

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 2.28

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 271

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 16.20

Total Expenditures Per Student: $12,080


Health rank: 95

Quality children’s hospitals: 3

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.21

Quality Pediatricians: 5

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.35

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 2.33


Safety rank: 78

Violent Crimes, 2008: 20,771

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,435.07

Sex Offenders: 2,127

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 146.95


Economy rank: 47

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 31.30

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 9.5

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 963.18

Median Home Sale Price: $142,800

5-Year Home Value Index: 5.56%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 9.44%

Recreation Rank: 100

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 1,349

Parkland per 100,000: 93.20


Photo courtesy of Ben Schumin