Greater Philadelphia Communities

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Wondering where to live in Philadelphia? Greater Philadelphia neighborhoods boast a range of exciting possibilities for your next move.  

Picture yourself strolling the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia’s Old City. Imagine passing by iconic landmarks like City Hall, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell. The neighborhood’s captivating architecture and deep-rooted American history are sure to leave you spellbound.  

More than just history, the City of Brotherly Love is home to exciting cultural opportunities. Foodies will revel in the coffee shops, restaurants, and breweries that make up our thriving food scene. From our famous cheesesteaks to mouthwatering Mapo tofu, all parts of the city contain delicious places to try something new. 

Top: Fall leaves line the ground on a tree-lined street in the heart of Philadelphia’s Center City. 

What is it Like to Live in Philadelphia?

Living in Philadelphia offers the ideal lifestyle for everyone, no matter what your preferences or interests. For example, expand your horizons through our communities’ vibrant nightlife, which includes some of the region’s most unique events. From Conshohocken’s St Patrick’s Day Parade to Phoenixville’s Blobfest, there are so many special events in Greater Philadelphia to experience firsthand.  

Discover world-class museums and trendy art galleries, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you could easily lose yourself for an entire day. For a perfect Sunday, head to Headhouse Hideout in Society Hill, renowned for its charming park and bustling farmer’s markets. And while you’re there, keep an eye out for the ghost of Ben Franklin, a local legend said to wander the area. 

Maybe go where you can enjoy the outdoors. The scenic Schuylkill River Trail will surely elevate your morning jog. Run from the energetic bustle of Manayunk through the deep woods and green spaces of Fairmount Park.  

Perhaps the family-friendly vibes of Philadelphia’s Garden District, Chestnut Hill, are more your speed. In North Philadelphia, this neighborhood has no shortage of quiet, tree-lined Victorian homes to enjoy the shade beneath.  

If closeness to top-tier educational institutions is a priority, how does University City sound? Here, your neighbors are prestigious universities like the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and Drexel University. Young professionals from around the world come here to drive the future of research, life sciences, and beyond. 

To top it all off, you can use the region’s public transportation system, SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority), to explore communities across the region with ease. One of the largest public transit systems in the country, SEPTA supports five counties in Greater Philly and connects to transit systems in Delaware and New Jersey. 

With so many wonderful communities in Philadelphia to choose from, finding the right place to move can seem daunting. That’s where our neighborhood quiz comes in. From East Passyunk to Fishtown, here’s the ultimate quiz for people considering a move to Philly. 

How Does Our Philly Neighborhood Quiz Work?

Greater Philadelphia encompasses a diverse territory just two hours by car or train from New York City that is much bigger than most people realize. The region’s neighborhoods extend far beyond Center City and even East and West Philadelphia. Communities in Philadelphia span across the Delaware River to First State’s capital, Wilmington.

We’ve combed through each neighborhood’s real estate, recreation activities, and overall vibes to give you a series of “this-or-that” questions that will lead you to the perfect neighborhood for you and your family.  

If you’re looking for easy access to hiking and biking trails and fresh food markets, like the oldest open-air Italian market in America, we might recommend an Urban Center neighborhood, such as South Philadelphia’s Bella Vista and Passyunk Square. If you want to live somewhere charming boutiques and family-friendly cafes are aplenty, Ambler or Rittenhouse Square, two historic suburb neighborhoods, might be your perfect fit. Or perhaps you’re interested in craft beer and unique shops; then the Northern Liberties area offers an artistic and free-spirited vibe. 

Take our neighborhood quiz to find where to live in Philadelphia. Or, explore the four diverse regions that make up our area below.  

Take our neighborhood quiz to find your perfect match and explore the many diverse places that make up Greater Philadelphia.

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