Philadelphia, PA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    1,546,920
  • Population Density
    10,768 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    143 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    1,927 3.1
Philadelphia is a large city in Pennsylvania with 1,546,920 residents. It has low home values, average rent costs, and very high unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have average education levels and average income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.1 from 1,927 reviews
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    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Tacony: There are never any major crimes committed in this area. The only crimes people deal with is stealing toys and bigger items like bikes off people's porches or from their backyards but that happens rarely. I feel very safe in my neighborhood and very comfortable in my surroundings. The police are not around often and when they are it is never for anything serious.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Tacony: This area is in a good neighborhood with a great park right across the street for children to play in. There are also local parks near by and convenient stores in a good walking distance. The neighbors are all friendly and fun to be around.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Tacony: Police cars is constantly riding around so it makes you feel pretty safe
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Tacony: The area is family friendly far as parks every where, lots of stores that is convenient and transportation.
    • 2
    Crime & Safety at Nicetown: The gun violence is starting to get worst

Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
Mechanicsville
2.66 Oxford Circle 51,794
2.00 Olney 46,594
2.00 West Oak Lane 43,202
2.33 Mayfair 38,494
2.66 Overbrook 35,905
2.00 Cobbs Creek 35,486
3.33 Somerton 33,144
2.33 Upper Kensington 32,918
2.66 Bustleton 32,152
1.66 Logan 31,232
2.66 Richmond 28,699
2.33 Lawndale 27,503
2.33 Rhawnhurst 26,710
2.00 Holmesburg 25,116
4.00 Rittenhouse 25,096
2.33 Hartranft 24,336
2.33 Frankford 24,177
3.00 East Mount Airy 23,355
1.66 Feltonville 22,703
2.66 Wissinoming 22,488
1.66 Hunting Park 22,133
2.33 Kingsessing 22,075
1.66 Juniata Park 22,070
3.33 Fox Chase 21,866
2.66 University City 21,774
2.33 Haddington 21,538
3.33 Fishtown - Lower Kensington 21,099
3.33 Lower Moyamensing 21,055
2.00 Strawberry Mansion 19,501
2.33 Elmwood 19,346
2.33 Tioga 18,995
2.00 Ogontz 18,691
2.66 Tacony 18,581
2.66 Point Breeze 18,295
2.33 North Central 18,100
3.66 Whitman 17,852
2.33 Harrowgate 17,552
2.00 Wynnefield 16,947
2.66 Grays Ferry 16,897
4.00 Passyunk Square 16,652
3.66 Upper Roxborough 16,272
3.00 Spruce Hill 16,071
2.66 Parkwood Manor 15,974
4.33 Old City 14,672
2.00 Stanton 14,590
3.33 West Mount Airy 14,421
3.33 Girard Estates 14,350
4.00 Logan Square 14,268
4.00 Washington Square West 13,926
2.66 West Kensington 13,870
1.66 Allegheny West 13,844
4.00 Fairmount 13,675
3.66 Roxborough 13,674
4.00 East Passyunk 13,623
2.33 Cedarbrook 13,025
2.00 East Oak Lane 12,950
3.66 Newbold 12,706
3.66 Graduate Hospital 12,577
3.66 Dickinson Narrows 11,966
3.33 Spring Garden 11,713
3.00 Brewerytown 11,638
2.33 East Germantown 11,600
2.33 Pennypack 11,526
2.33 Carroll Park 11,462
2.66 Modena 11,261
1.33 Paschall 10,806
2.33 Torresdale 10,642
2.00 Mill Creek 10,635
3.66 Chestnut Hill 10,556
1.66 Northwood 10,547
1.66 Franklinville 10,443
2.66 Cedar Park 10,386
3.00 Mantua 10,314
4.00 Bella Vista 10,051
3.33 East Falls 9,841
2.33 Morrell Park 9,803
2.66 Southwest Schuylkill 9,738
3.33 West Passyunk 9,596
3.00 West Central Germantown 9,350
2.33 Wynnefield Heights 9,185
2.00 Summerdale 9,156
4.00 Pennsport 8,979
3.33 Northern Liberties 8,806
4.00 Manayunk 8,711
2.66 West Poplar 8,704
3.00 Francisville 8,467
3.00 Walnut Hill 8,276
2.33 Germantown - Morton 8,132
1.66 Fairhill 8,118
4.00 Society Hill 8,015
4.00 Queen Village 7,664
1.66 Fern Rock 7,541
2.33 Southwest Germantown 7,487
2.33 Wister 7,271
3.00 Powelton 7,198
3.00 West Powelton 6,701
3.00 Pennypack Woods 6,660
3.00 Yorktown 6,596
2.33 Eastwick 6,549
3.33 Burholme 6,546
2.00 McGuire 6,378
3.33 Academy Gardens 6,292
2.66 Bridesburg 6,289
4.33 Center City East 6,235
2.66 Germantown - Westside 6,093
3.00 Garden Court 6,010
2.33 Melrose Park Gardens 5,868
3.66 Hawthorne 5,841
2.00 Penrose 5,687
4.00 Wissahickon 5,630
3.33 Stadium District 5,603
2.33 Sharswood 5,577
2.33 Aston-Woodbridge 5,561
3.66 Greenwich 5,548
3.00 Old Kensington 5,404
4.00 Fitler Square 5,328
2.66 Millbrook 5,289
3.33 Pennypack Park 5,223
3.33 Packer Park 5,160
2.00 Glenwood 4,994
3.00 East Kensington 4,791
2.33 Clearview 4,739
1.66 Nicetown 4,471
2.33 Lexington Park 4,310
3.00 Andorra 4,152
3.00 Belmont 3,920
2.66 East Poplar 3,817
2.00 Bartram Village 3,385
2.33 Dunlap 3,334
2.66 East Parkside 3,278
2.00 Germantown - Penn Knox 3,240
3.00 Riverfront 2,984
2.66 Ludlow 2,828
4.00 Dearnley Park 2,797
4.00 Callowhill 2,666
3.00 Crestmont Farms 2,633
3.00 Wissahickon Hills 2,538
3.00 West Torresdale 2,457
2.66 Byberry 2,412
4.33 Chinatown 2,285
4.33 Roxborough Park 2,129
3.33 Germany Hill 2,061
3.00 Woodland Terrace 2,045
3.00 Winchester Park 1,901
2.00 West Parkside 1,847
1.66 Crescentville 1,746
2.66 Normandy Village 1,619
2.33 Franklin Mills 1,616
3.00 Haverford North 1,398

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Cheltenham Township 36,912
4.00 Millbourne 1,291
3.33 Camden 77,294
4.33 Wyndmoor 5,681
3.00 Yeadon 11,506
4.33 Springfield Township 19,510
4.33 Penn Wynne 5,740
3.33 Gloucester City 11,392
4.33 Flourtown 4,802
4.33 Rockledge 2,553
2.66 Darby 10,689
3.33 Colwyn 2,542
4.33 Abington Township 55,559
4.33 Lower Merion Township 58,114
3.33 Pennsauken Township 35,757
3.66 Upper Darby Township 82,804
3.33 Westville 4,263
3.00 National Park 3,018
3.33 Palmyra 7,372
4.33 Whitemarsh Township 17,496
3.33 Darby Township 9,293
3.66 Folcroft 6,615
3.66 Cinnaminson Township 16,296
3.66 Riverton 2,766
3.66 West Deptford Township 21,537
4.33 Haverford Township 48,698
3.00 Tinicum Township 4,103
4.33 Lower Moreland Township 13,133
4.00 Delran Township 16,856
3.33 Delanco Township 4,544
3.66 Bensalem Township 60,425
4.00 Lower Southampton Township 18,960

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 New York City 8,354,889
4.33 Washington, D.C. 633,736
4.33 Boston 639,594
3.00 Baltimore 622,271
3.66 Chicago 2,712,608

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 19120 77,645
3.66 19143 64,073
3.33 19111 69,367
3.33 19124 64,015
3.33 19134 63,631
3.33 19149 55,445
3.33 19140 53,608
4.00 19104 53,360
3.66 19148 52,629
3.66 19145 47,498
3.33 19131 43,493
3.33 19144 41,549
3.33 19139 42,451
3.33 19136 34,873
3.00 19132 35,930
3.33 19121 32,787
3.66 19128 37,152
3.00 19154 33,618
3.00 19115 32,504
4.00 19146 36,596
3.00 19141 33,591
4.33 19147 36,580
3.00 19152 34,684
3.00 19116 33,220
3.00 19138 34,240
3.33 19135 31,886
3.00 19114 30,952
3.00 19151 32,683
3.00 19142 28,770
3.66 19119 29,012
3.33 19133 26,247
4.00 19130 26,743
3.00 19150 25,282
4.33 19103 23,492
4.00 19125 22,560
3.66 19122 20,359
3.00 19126 15,982
3.33 19153 11,663
4.33 19107 12,319
4.00 19123 13,342
3.66 19129 11,287
4.33 19106 11,474
3.66 19118 10,093
3.33 19137 7,951
4.00 19127 6,032
4.33 19102 4,354

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
2.66 Philadelphia City School District 250

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Julia R. Masterman Secondary School Public 5-12 Middle, High
4.33 Central High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Planet Abacus Charter School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.33 Science Leadership Academy Public 9-12 High
3.66 Laboratory Charter School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.00 Mast Community Charter School Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Academy at Palumbo Public 9-12 High
3.66 Franklin Towne Charter High School Public, Charter 9-12 High
Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 William W. Bodine High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Carver High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Tech & Careers Public, Charter 9-12 High
3.33 Hill-Freedman Middle School Public 6-9 Middle
3.33 Young Scholars Charter School Public, Charter 5-8 Middle
3.33 Mastery Charter High School Public, Charter 7-12 Middle, High
3.33 Creative & Performing Arts High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 Independence Charter School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 School Lane Charter School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) Public 5-12 Middle, High
3.33 Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 Girls High School Public, All-Girls 9-12 High
3.00 Greenberg Elementary School Public K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 Mastery Charter School - Shoemaker Campus Public, Charter 7-12 Middle, High
3.00 AMY Northwest Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
2.66 Imhotep Institute Charter High School Public, Charter 9-12 High

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Hampton Academy Private, Special Education 5-12 Middle, High
Bancroft School at Voormees Pediatric Facility Private, Special Education PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Germantown Friends School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Wyncote Academy Private 7-12 Middle, High
3.00 Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Private, Special Education PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Delta School Private, Special Education K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Friends Select School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
ATG Learning Academy Private, Special Education 5-12 Middle, High
4.33 The Shipley School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 The Agnes Irwin School Private, All-Girls PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Holy Family Institute - Ambler Day School Private, Special Education 5-12 Middle, High
4.33 Friends Central School Private, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Abington Friends School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The Haverford School Private, All-Boys PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 George School Private, Boarding, Religious 9-12 High
4.33 Germantown Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Moorestown Friends School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 New Hope Academy Private, Alternative 7-12 Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
The Curtis Institute of Music
University of Pennsylvania
Princeton University
Haverford College
Swarthmore College
Bryn Mawr College
Villanova University
Thomas Jefferson University
Bryn Athyn College
Temple University
Drexel University
The College of New Jersey
Goldey-Beacom College
Rutgers University - Camden
Moore College of Art & Design
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Cairn University
Saint Joseph's University
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Ursinus College
University of the Arts
La Salle University
Chestnut Hill College
Peirce College
University of the Sciences

Around Philadelphia

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Philadelphia, PA United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Washington, D.C.
African American 41.76% 12.23% 10.51% 20.23% 62.50% 22.69% 31.45% 22.58% 48.72%
White 36.20% 63.25% 78.54% 64.46% 28.08% 46.03% 32.17% 32.74% 35.38%
Hispanic 13.03% 16.62% 6.15% 8.11% 4.46% 18.37% 28.95% 28.82% 9.88%
Asian 6.63% 4.83% 2.94% 5.10% 2.49% 9.08% 5.69% 13.15% 3.55%
Multiracial 1.85% 2.05% 1.58% 1.75% 1.95% 2.31% 1.45% 1.67% 2.01%
Other 0.31% 0.19% 0.15% 0.22% 0.22% 1.31% 0.16% 0.82% 0.21%
Native American 0.20% 0.66% 0.12% 0.12% 0.26% 0.19% 0.13% 0.19% 0.22%
Pacific Islander 0.02% 0.16% 0.02% 0.02% 0.03% 0.01% 0.02% 0.03% 0.03%

Age

Philadelphia, PA United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Washington, D.C.
9 years and under 13% 13% 12% 12% 12% 10% 13% 12% 11%
10 to 17 years 9% 11% 10% 11% 9% 7% 10% 9% 6%
18 to 24 years 12% 10% 10% 10% 12% 18% 11% 10% 13%
25 to 34 years 17% 13% 12% 13% 18% 22% 19% 17% 22%
35 to 44 years 12% 13% 12% 13% 12% 12% 14% 14% 14%
45 to 54 years 13% 14% 15% 15% 14% 11% 12% 13% 12%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 13% 12% 12% 10% 10% 11% 11%
65 and over 12% 13% 16% 14% 12% 10% 11% 13% 11%

Education Levels

Philadelphia, PA United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Washington, D.C.
Less than a high school diploma 19% 14% 11% 11% 19% 15% 18% 20% 11%
High school diploma or equivalent 34% 28% 37% 31% 30% 22% 23% 24% 19%
Some college or associate degree 23% 29% 24% 24% 24% 18% 23% 21% 17%
Bachelor's degree 14% 18% 17% 20% 15% 24% 21% 21% 23%
Master's degree or higher 10% 11% 11% 13% 13% 20% 14% 14% 30%

Gender

Philadelphia, PA United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Washington, D.C.
Female 52.8% 50.8% 51.2% 51.7% 52.9% 52.2% 51.5% 52.4% 52.7%
Male 47.2% 49.2% 48.8% 48.3% 47.1% 47.8% 48.5% 47.6% 47.3%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Philadelphia, PA United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Washington, D.C.
Own 52.9% 64.9% 69.5% 68.4% 47.2% 34.2% 44.7% 31.9% 41.6%
Rent 47.1% 35.1% 30.5% 31.6% 52.8% 65.8% 55.3% 68.1% 58.4%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Philadelphia, PA United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Washington, D.C.
Assault 481.1 278.9 204.5 253.0 675.7 418.1 460.0 371.3 607.7
Murder 15.9 5.0 5.8 6.7 33.8 8.1 15.1 3.9 15.9
Rape 77.4 13.6 29.3 39.3 42.8 49.3 25.8 71.3
Robbery 447.1 159.8 138.5 206.4 589.7 256.7 359.9 195.7 490.4

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Philadelphia, PA United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia Metro Area Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Chicago, IL New York City, NY Washington, D.C.
Burglary 621.8 573.5 373.2 472.8 1110.8 409.5 533.6 187.8 525.6
Larceny 2398.5 2079.6 1654.6 1854.8 2888.2 1998.3 2224.6 1323.0 3928.0
Motor vehicle theft 367.4 235.5 121.8 174.6 719.5 231.0 367.9 91.2 559.0

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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Precipitation
3.6"
3.1"
4.6"
4.1"
4.5"
4.3"
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4.6"
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    Precipitation

  • 3.6"
  • 3.1"
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  • 4.1"
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  • 4.3"
  • 4.4"
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  • 4.6"
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  • 0.1"
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    Avg. Temps

  • 40°
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  • 44°
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  • 53°
    36°
  • 65°
    46°
  • 75°
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    Precipitation

  • 3.6"
  • 3.1"
  • 4.6"
  • 4.1"
  • 4.5"
  • 4.3"
  • 4.4"
  • 4.7"
  • 4.1"
  • 3.8"
  • 3.4"
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  • 4.6"
  • 4.8"
  • 1.9"
  • 0.1"
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  • 0.1"
  • 3.5"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 269 responses

  • 50% Yes
  • 23% Not sure
  • 27% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 402 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 408 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 365 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 364 responses

  • 10% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 38% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 38% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 14% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 150 responses

  • 43% Very accepting.
  • 41% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 13% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 3% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 490 responses

  • 12% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 45% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 35% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 8% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 127 responses

  • 12% I love everything about it.
  • 46% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 39% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 3% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 153 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments