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What Renters Like and Dislike

What Renters Like and Dislike About Philadelphia

It's cute! There's lots of nice bars and restaurants. I like that there's a lot of small parks. I would like some more stores and corner stores they aren't just bars

the unity in my neighborhood is unique. My favorite local place is the skating rink. me and my family love the skaing rink and bond and have a good timre there.

What's unique is that it's chill and shi any all my favorite business is chick fil a because It's good asf and my bxch loves it too

It is close to alot of stores within walking distance. Also it is on a bus route. There is job opportunities around my area.

I like going downtown Our philly cheesesteak is a popular in my city and we're the home of the best nfl team 2023 eagles

The fashion district & a lot of stores that are up an coming with temple buy uo everything I love gone to the movies

Who Lives Here

Philadelphia Demographics

Education

High School

32%

Associate's

15%

Bachelor's

11%

Master's

5%

Doctorate

36%

Family Size

2 people

42%

3 people

25%

4 people

18%

5 people

9%

6+ people

6%

Household Income

0-50k

53%

50-100k

26%

100-150k

11%

150-200k

5%

200k+

5%

Age

0-10

13%

10-20

12%

20-45

39%

45-65

23%

65+

13%

Affordability

How expensive is it in Philadelphia?

Percentage: 3/53/5

Renters gave this area a 3 out of 5 for affordability

Rent Trends

Studio1 Bed2 Beds3 Beds
Nov '23$1322$1772$1897$1997
Oct '23$1322$1792$1897$1997
Sep '23$1314$1812$1925$1985
Aug '23$1337$1862$1997$2022
Jul '23$1365$1840$2035$2125
Jun '23$1370$1856$2095$2211
May '23$1392$1825$2085$2197
Apr '23$1407$1862$2145$2222
Mar '23$1377$1880$2165$2225
Feb '23$1373$1826$2092$2222
Jan '23$1362$1856$2031$2220
Dec '22$1327$1863$2067$2131
Nov '22$1315$1895$2112$2089

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Getting Around Philadelphia

Philadelphia Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

14%

15-30 Mins

30%

30-40 Mins

22%

40-60 Mins

18%

60+ Mins

15%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 8484

Walk Score®

Walkable

No

Say 163 of 287 renters

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 185 of 287 renters

Percentage: 7676

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

No

Say 152 of 287 renters

Percentage: 6868

Transit Score®

They Are Located Near Public Transportation

Yes

Say 197 of 287 renters

Need A Car

No

Say 161 of 287 renters

Top Scores: Grocery, Restaurant, Coffee

Things To Do In Philadelphia

Top Score

Grocery Stores

5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Supermarket sweep. Philadelphia is top shelf for groceries.

  1. A high number of grocery stores per resident
  2. Significantly more grocery stores than average
  3. Significantly more grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Great service and no need for reservations. A great place for food.

  1. Few restaurants per resident
  2. Significantly more restaurants than average
  3. 15% more restaurants than areas of a similar size

Coffee

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

We're full of beans for Philadelphia's coffee shop scene.

  1. Few coffee shops per resident
  2. Significantly more coffee shops than average
  3. A standard number of coffee shops compared to areas of a similar size

Nightlife

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Get your dance shoes on, Philadelphia looks good for nightlife.

  1. Few bars and clubs per resident
  2. Significantly more bars and clubs than average
  3. 24% more bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Parks

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Philadelphia is team green. Parks get a high score.

  1. Few parks per resident
  2. Significantly more parks than average
  3. 37% fewer parks than areas of a similar size

Retail Shops

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

A shopaholic favorite. Philadelphia has a lot of style.

  1. Few shops per resident
  2. Significantly more shops than average
  3. A standard number of shops compared to areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Pumped and lifting a solid 4.5 stars for fitness.

  1. Few gyms per resident
  2. Significantly more gyms than average
  3. 10% fewer gyms than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Philadelphia is real pawsitive for your pets.

  1. Few pet facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more pet facilities than average
  3. 37% fewer pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

This place gets the picture when it comes to art.

  1. Few fine art centers per resident
  2. Significantly more fine art centers than average
  3. 20% fewer fine art centers than areas of a similar size

Medical Care

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The great medical care here is just what the doctor ordered.

  1. Few medical facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more medical facilities than average
  3. 7% fewer medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You won't have to drive far to fill up around here.

  1. Few gas stations per resident
  2. Significantly more gas stations than average
  3. 7% fewer gas stations than areas of a similar size

What Renters Are Saying

Philadelphia Features

Area Has Litter

No

Say 207 of 287 renters

Noise Late At Night

No

Say 204 of 287 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 204 of 287 renters

Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 195 of 287 renters

Near Schools

Yes

Say 187 of 287 renters

Area Has Potholes

No

Say 187 of 287 renters

Busy Streets

No

Say 177 of 287 renters

Mostly Older Buildings

No

Say 172 of 287 renters

Nearby Parks

Yes

Say 164 of 287 renters

Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 150 of 287 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

No

Say 149 of 287 renters

Safe For Families

No

Say 163 of 287 renters

Quiet Area

No

Say 173 of 287 renters

Tree Lined Streets

No

Say 184 of 287 renters

Well Lit

No

Say 184 of 287 renters

Maintained Yards

No

Say 189 of 287 renters

Near Downtown

No

Say 204 of 287 renters

Near Highways

No

Say 214 of 287 renters

Nice Views

No

Say 232 of 287 renters

Mostly Newer Buildings

No

Say 242 of 287 renters

Philadelphia Education

Schools

Percentage: 3/53/5

School Score

How satisfied do renters feel with the schools in this area.

Top Schools in Philadelphia

10/10

Limerick Elementary School

Grades K-4 • Public

10/10

Sabold Elementary School

Grades 2-5 • Public

10/10

Kirbys Mill Elementary School

Grades PK, K-5 • Public

10/10

Strawbridge

Grades K-5 • Public

10/10

Central Elementary School

Grades PK, K-5 • Public

10/10

J Fithian Tatem

Grades PK, K-5 • Public

Information provided by GreatSchools. To verify school enrollment eligibility, contact the school district directly.

What You Need to Know

Renter Articles

All About

Living in Philadelphia, PA

Getting to Know Philadelphia, PA

The full name is "Philadelphia", but most everyone from the "City of Brotherly Love" just call it "Philly." It's one of the country's most walkable and bikable cities. Art and culture abound, and its job market is growing - good news for those looking to relocate. And while Philly is a central location in U.S. history (where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written), it's a modern, vibrant city that's proud of its past but continues to evolve.  

Did You Know?

The Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Rocky Steps" were made famous by Sylvester Stallone's run to the top of the museum entrance in the movie Rocky.

Philadelphia Neighborhoods

  • Fishtown: Named after its fishing industry, Fishtown has long been a working-class neighborhood. In recent years, however, a large number of younger, more creative types have moved in, making it a center of art and music in the city. 
  • Fairmount: Called the "Art Museum Area", that's exactly what you're going to find in Fairmount. Of course, there's more to it than that. It's away from the center of the city but still has a great restaurant scene, as well as a lot of green spaces. 
  • Rittenhouse Square: If you want to be right in the middle of things, come to Rittenhouse Square. Whether you're looking for shopping, parks, festivals, or many other things you'd look for in the middle of a city, this is the place to go looking. 
  • Old City: This one is exactly what it says on the tin. While it's full of art festivals, galleries, boutiques, and restaurants, what really makes this unique is the history. Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell Center mark a neighborhood that is essentially the birthplace of America. 
  • East Passyunk: Do you have to be near the best restaurants? Then look at East Passyunk, where boutiques sit next to classical restaurants which are next to cutting edge, experimental eateries. If you're looking for something unique, this is the place you'll probably find it. 

Fun Things to Do in Philadelphia

Outdoor festivals and events abound in Philly, from the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the largest competitions in the world, to the Festival of Fountains at Longwood Gardens, featuring spring and summer performances and fountain displays set to music.

Free Things to Do in Philadelphia

With such a rich history, Philadelphia provides visitors and residents tons of free options for exploring and learning. Check out our list of free things to do:

  • Liberty Bell Center: For a great way to learn about Philly, peruse the historical documents and then get a picture with the Liberty Bell, a symbol of American independence.
  • Curtis Institute of Music: Glimpse some of the world's up-and-coming young musicians at this conservatory in the Center City area, with student recitals several nights a week.
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park: Overlooking the Delaware River, this park is the perfect place to relax while you play a game of chess or grab a hammock to watch the city pass by.
  • Once Upon a Nation: Sit with your kids and listen to professional storytellers recount our nation's history at 13 charming benches scattered throughout the Historic District.
  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk: Breathtaking views of the city skyline await you on this 2,000-foot-long walkway that runs partly along the Schuylkill River.

Philadelphia Sports

Satisfy your love for sports with a trip to Citizens Bank Park, home to the Phillies MLB team, or gather by gridiron to watch the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Hockey fans can support the Flyers and or basketball fans the 76ers at their shared home arena, the Wells Fargo Center.

Things to Do in Philadelphia with Kids

Treat your children to an outing at the Philadelphia Zoo, where you feel a part of the animals' habitats as they wander behind a see-through mesh trail system throughout the zoo and above pedestrian walkways. If they want something more active, take them for a round of mini golf or a carousel ride at Franklin Square.

Top-rated School Districts in Philadelphia

Several Philadelphia school districts earned top marks. Among the A-List are: Tredyffrin-Easttown, Radnor Township, Lower Merion and Unionville-Chadds Ford districts.

Day Trips from Philadelphia

Living in Philly puts you within two hours of New York City and three hours from Washington, D.C. If you're feeling lucky, you can also travel just over an hour to the exciting casinos and buzzing boardwalk in Atlantic City. Pack up the kids and your swimsuits for a family road trip to Ocean City, the closest beach to Philadelphia, with an amusement park on the boardwalk.

Frequently Asked Questions About Philadelphia

What is Philadelphia most known for?

Philadelphia is perhaps best known for its history, especially with respect to its key role in the American Revolution. It was one of the earlier major cities in the American colonies, and many key events took place in the city, including the first Continental Congress and signing of the Declaration of Independence. In fact, Philadelphia served as the U.S. capital city while Washington, D.C. was being built. Today, Philadelphia is commonly known for Philly cheesesteaks, Rocky Balboa, the Liberty Bell and some of the country's most raucous sports fans.

Is Philadelphia a growing city?

Yes, slowly. The Philadelphia metropolitan area grew by about 18,000 people, or about 0.3 percent, between 2017 and 2018, according to U.S. Census data. It's been growing slightly every year since 2006, following a nearly 30-year streak of population loss. The Philadelphia metro area currently has about six million residents.

Why is Philadelphia called the "city of brotherly love"?

Is Philadelphia a safe city to live in?

Philadelphia came in 171 out of 182 cities in WalletHub's report on Safest Cities in America. It scored very well with regards to natural disasters, but low financial safety, as well as home and community safety, knock it down a bit on the list.

Does Philadelphia have good schools?

Philadelphia's school system isn't as strong as many in similar-sized cities, but if you're careful you can still find great public schools. It has 59 high schools that ranked on U.S. News & World Report's Best High School rankings and seven colleges and universities that made their Best Colleges rankings.

What is Philadelphia like for families?

Philadelphia has many great family-friendly neighborhoods with great access to culture, history, good schools and parks to play in. While it was rated as somewhat worse than average according to WalletHub's ranking of best cities for families in the U.S., that list gave the city high marks for health, safety and education. The downside is that it's not a very affordable place to live.

What are some fun things to do in Philadelphia?

The Constitutional Walking Tour and museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art (also known as the stairs from Rocky) are a must-see. The Reading Terminal Market is a great farmers' market, or if you'd prefer something more outdoors, the Schuylkill River trail gives you 10 miles' worth of walking and other random activities in the city. Catching a Phillies, '76ers, Eagles or Flyers game has to rank highly on any list of things to do in Philly. Though it's touristy and locals will tell you overrated, testing who makes the better cheesesteak, Geno's or Pat's, is a time-honored tradition.

How expensive is it in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia is a bit more expensive than average. According to the Council of Community and Economic Research , the average cost of living here is 13 percent higher than the national average.

What is the average cost of rent in Philadelphia?

The average studio apartment in Philadelphia costs $1,426 a month, the average one-bedroom is $1,968 a month and the average two-bedroom is $2,616 a month.

How much do utilities cost in Philadelphia?

The average monthly energy cost in Philadelphia, electric, gas and other sources combined, is about $184 a month according to the Council for Community and Economic Research , which is much higher than the national average.

What are the most affordable neighborhoods in Philadelphia?

A: Torresdale , Haddington-Carroll Park , Manayunk , Fishtown , Logan-Forn Rock , Rhawnhurst , Olney , Chestnut Hill and Fox Chase are some of the most affordable neighborhoods in the city, according to Apartment Guide.

Where are the best places to live in Philadelphia?

As the name indicates, University City is home to the University of Pennsylvania and is one of the more popular areas for younger renters. Chestnut Hill is an affluent, quiet neighborhood to the north of the city with a number of trendy restaurants. South Philadelphia is the home to some of the most recognizably "Philly" places, from the sports teams to the most renowned cheesesteak joints, and West Philadelphia is a large, diverse neighborhood with just about any type of home, shop or restaurant you'd want to go looking for.

What do I need to know about moving to Philadelphia?

History is all around you in Philadelphia in a way that many U.S. cities don't have, so get used to running across important historical landmarks and a great number of museums documenting that history. Philly also has the feel of being a large college town, with its "Big 5" universities (Temple, Villanova, St. Joseph's, Penn and La Salle) located in and around the city. There's also a city income tax, which can be a burden, and buying alcohol is a bit of an issue, since beer and liquor are only sold in dedicated stores, which might come as a shock to out-of-state transplants. Also, it's not "Downtown," it's "Center City." You'll thank us later for that.

Do I need a car to live in Philadelphia?

You might not, depending on where you live and work. The primary public transit agency, SEPTA, provides a pretty good bus and train network that covers a lot of the city. PATCO runs trains from several stations along Locust and Market Streets to Camden and the suburbs across the river in New Jersey. And much of Philadelphia is walkable or bikeable to begin with. You can also take commuter train trips up and down the Atlantic seaboard to the other big cities of the region such as New York, D.C. and Boston without needing to drive. New Jersey Transit offers train service from Philadelphia to Atlantic City, which is an easy way to go down the shore to enjoy the ocean, boardwalk and casinos.

What's the weather like in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia has a temperate climate. Spring and fall are mild, winter is moderately cold and summer is hot and humid. Snowfall varies greatly, with major storms some years and little snowfall in others.