When the shift ends or the weekend arrives, Greater Philadelphia’s top-notch quality of life and favorable cost of living take the spotlight. 

The Chamber’s “Discovery Starts with Me” video series features life sciences talent who live and work in the region – through the workday and beyond.

As described in the series, the region’s renowned and diverse food scene, breadth of arts, music and cultural institutions, and unparalleled access to green space for outdoor recreation, including 30 public gardens and the 9,200-acre Fairmount Park, means there’s always something new to explore.

“I love to spend my time at concerts. Over the past few years, I’ve been able to see some of my favorite artists,” said Natalya Figueroa, Research Associate at BioAnalysis.

And that’s before taking into account the region’s reasonable cost of living. Factoring in housing and other living costs, Greater Philadelphia is 38% less expensive than New York City, 32% less expensive than Boston, and 30% less expensive than Washington D.C. (Source: BestPlaces.net, 2023).

This makes it all the more possible to enjoy everything the region, and its central East Coast location, has to offer.

“Before I settled in Philadelphia, I lived in other cities, and Philadelphia has been my favorite. The cost of living is unmatched, the people are nice, and we never find ourselves bored,” said Dr. Caroline Diorio, Physician-Scientist and Attending Pediatric Oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

It’s this unique value proposition that enables the region to attract and retain talent. In a comparative study by Econsult Solutions, Inc., Greater Philadelphia was ranked the #2 among 14 cell and gene therapy hubs due in part to its quality of life and affordability, which includes cultural and culinary offerings and good schools.

“I love how I can feel like I’m in a European city when I visit the local museums and stroll down Philly’s historic streets,” said Heather Harte-Hall, Chief Compliance Officer at Cabaletta Bio. “My favorite way to experience the region’s various cultures is through its excellent dining scene.”

See how three Greater Philadelphia residents featured in our “Discovery Starts with Me” series, Dr. Caroline Diorio, Natalya Figueroa, and Heather Harte Hall, take advantage of the region’s assets in livability and accessibility. 

To learn more about how your organization can participate in our “Discovery Starts with Me” series, please contact Lauren Seery, Director, Marketing, the Chamber at [email protected].