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Your Guide to Moving to Greater Philadelphia

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Looking for a place to take your career to the next level? Our 11-county region’s diverse job market fosters a wide variety of career paths. The Greater Philadelphia area offers boundless job opportunities in industries ranging from life sciences and healthcare to education, manufacturing, finance, and technology.

Amid a great migration of American talent, Greater Philadelphia has emerged as an attractive destination for workers moving to Philadelphia from other East Coast cities, including Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., and beyond, seeking a lower cost of living in a vibrant, big city atmosphere.

Our exceptional learning opportunities from K–12 to higher education have long attracted prospective families to the region. Institutions, such as the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University, have long shaped the minds’ of Greater Philadelphia’s youth, while organizations like the Young Professionals Council and Campus Philly have helped recent college graduates build meaningful connections and advance their career ambitions while working in Philadelphia.

Is it Worth Moving to Philadelphia?

While we are home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House, our region’s diverse communities offer the best of all worlds beyond just the colonial Old City and its American history. This region’s living experiences range from bustling cities to the scenic countryside and suburbs with historic sites.

As Philadelphians, we enjoy a rich day and nightlife. As a top 10 US city for its food scene, Philadelphia is home to some of the most delicious and affordable bites in the northeast. Joining the ranks of NYC and Chicago, Greater Philadelphia has everything from savory gyros in up-and-coming neighborhoods like Fishtown to award-winning, authentic Mexican tacos in south Philly and, of course, the world’s greatest Philly Cheesesteaks. Home to walkable urban communities such as University City and main street neighborhoods like Conshohocken, you’ll have easy access to a great bite to eat, a nearby art gallery, or one of many green spaces like Fairmount Park.

So, whether you want to wander the aisles of America’s oldest open-air Italian Market, marvel at the wonders of the Franklin Institute, attend an Eagles football game, or bike alongside the Delaware River, every inch of Greater Philadelphia is pulsing with history, culture, and innovation that is ready to explore.

What to Expect When Moving to Philadelphia

To top it all off, this region’s real estate market is 24.1% less expensive than the national average, making finding affordable housing in Greater Philadelphia easier than other major cities on the East Coast.

In addition to the region’s affordability, SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) offers an extensive public transportation network, including buses, subways, and regional rail services. For example, Amtrak seamlessly connects Greater Philadelphia to other major cities along the East Coast

When it comes to safety, Greater Philadelphia’s crime rates have also been declining over the past few years, contributing to a sense of security and peace of mind for its residents. The region is also home to some of the safest smaller cities and towns in the country, including Newark, Delaware, which has one of the lowest crime costs per capita in the country. With proactive community policing initiatives and neighborhood watch programs, many neighborhoods within the region offer a safe and welcoming environment for families and individuals to thrive.

Sold on moving to Philadelphia? Read on to discover what the City of Brotherly Love and Greater Philadelphia can do for your life and work

Top: Think Company, with offices in Philadelphia and Conshohocken, provides user experience design and development services, and is one of many businesses at the forefront of technology in the region. Photo courtesy of Think Company. Below slideshow images courtesy of, in part: Mark Gormel; M. Edlow for GPTMC; Greater Wilmington CVB; J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®; and R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®.

Quality of Life


With a proud cultural legacy, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to our world-class sports teams, Greater Philadelphia is an energetic place to call home. Learn More >

Where to Live


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Cost of Living

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Careers in Life Sciences

Careers in Life Sciences

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Careers in Technology

Careers in Technology

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Job Openings

Job Openings

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