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
    2,112 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 2,112 reviews
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    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Lawndale: I feel safe in this area majority of the time, but every now and then someone gets robbed. I do not hear or see much violence in this area just this such as people being robbed or their car broken into.The police do arrive very fast when they are needed and are very kind in this area. Just random sprouts of crime every now and then, it is still not the most dangerous area compared to many places.
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Lawndale: I like the area I live in but even though I enjoy living here I would not choose to live here again. It is becoming more dangerous. I do not always feel very comfortable walking around places because people get robbed often in my area and with school education declining there seems to be an increase in drop outs. I would prefer to live in the suburbs of Atlanta or California or somewhere else very nice. This use to be an amazing area but it is beginning to decline at a faster rate therefore although I like it I would not choose to stay or move here again.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Cobbs Creek: i have not heard anything bad in my area
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Cobbs Creek: the area is ok ! i want to be in a area that i could feel safe in ! And the area dont give me that
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Juniata Park: street is getting fix some how.

Neighborhoods

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

Nearby Towns

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

Comparable Towns

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

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
2.66 19120 77,645
3.00 19143 64,073
2.66 19111 69,367
2.66 19124 64,015
2.66 19134 63,631
2.66 19149 55,445
2.33 19140 53,608
3.00 19104 53,360
3.33 19148 52,629
3.00 19145 47,498
2.66 19131 43,493
2.66 19144 41,549
2.33 19139 42,451
3.00 19136 34,873
2.33 19132 35,930
2.33 19121 32,787
3.33 19128 37,152
2.66 19154 33,618
2.66 19115 32,504
3.66 19146 36,596
2.33 19141 33,591
4.00 19147 36,580
2.66 19152 34,684
2.33 19116 33,220
2.00 19138 34,240
2.66 19135 31,886
2.66 19114 30,952
2.66 19151 32,683
2.33 19142 28,770
3.33 19119 29,012
2.33 19133 26,247
4.00 19130 26,743
2.33 19150 25,282
4.00 19103 23,492
3.33 19125 22,560
3.00 19122 20,359
2.33 19126 15,982
2.66 19153 11,663
4.00 19107 12,319
3.33 19123 13,342
3.33 19129 11,287
4.33 19106 11,474
3.33 19118 10,093
3.00 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 481.1 264.1 204.5 253.0 675.7 418.1 460.0 371.3 607.7
Murder 15.9 5.2 5.8 6.7 33.8 8.1 15.1 3.9 15.9
Rape 77.4 36.8 29.3 39.3 42.8 49.3 25.8 71.3
Robbery 447.1 135.0 138.5 206.4 589.7 256.7 359.9 195.7 490.4

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 621.8 575.0 373.2 472.8 1110.8 409.5 533.6 187.8 525.6
Larceny 2398.5 2114.0 1654.6 1854.8 2888.2 1998.3 2224.6 1323.0 3928.0
Motor vehicle theft 367.4 257.3 121.8 174.6 719.5 231.0 367.9 91.2 559.0

Income

Weather

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Precipitation
3.6"
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    Precipitation

  • 3.6"
  • 3.1"
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  • 4.3"
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  • 4.6"
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    Avg. Temps

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  • 79°
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    Precipitation

  • 3.6"
  • 3.1"
  • 4.6"
  • 4.1"
  • 4.5"
  • 4.3"
  • 4.4"
  • 4.7"
  • 4.1"
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    Snowfall

  • 4.6"
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  • 1.9"
  • 0.1"
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  • 0.1"
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Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 311 responses

  • 50% Yes
  • 24% Not sure
  • 27% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 502 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 484 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 456 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 455 responses

  • 11% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 39% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 37% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 13% 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 178 responses

  • 46% Very accepting.
  • 40% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 12% 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 584 responses

  • 14% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 46% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 33% 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 203 responses

  • 13% I love everything about it.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 34% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 5% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 233 responses

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