Philadelphia, PA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    1,536,704
  • Population Density
    10,768 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    143 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    1,778 3.1
Philadelphia is a large city in Pennsylvania with 1,536,704 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 1,778 reviews
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    • 3
    Overall Experience at Southwest Germantown: I would choose to live here again for the simple fact that there is not much crime around here, plus because of how quiet the area is. Compared to other areas though, it can be better because of the crime and drug dealers on every corner, in the future I would like to see less of that and more active community activities.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at West Oak Lane: This area is pretty safe. Crime rate happens everywhere but the crime rate could be better. The police are always around and harely there.
    • 3
    Overall Experience at West Oak Lane: My neighborhood is an exceptable neighborhood. The atmosphere is generally safe and it has definitely got progessed over the pass year. In the future, I plan to help those in need and speard love throughout the community.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at East Falls: You have those odd neighbors and safety is first
    • 4
    Overall Experience at East Falls: I have always been a city kid!

Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
Mechanicsville
2.66 Oxford Circle 50,514
2.00 Olney 44,984
2.00 West Oak Lane 43,200
2.33 Mayfair 37,768
2.66 Overbrook 36,568
2.00 Cobbs Creek 35,452
2.66 Bustleton 33,274
3.33 Somerton 31,894
2.33 Upper Kensington 30,873
1.66 Logan 30,697
2.66 Richmond 28,277
2.33 Lawndale 26,881
2.00 Holmesburg 26,625
2.33 Rhawnhurst 26,160
2.33 Frankford 24,714
3.00 East Mount Airy 24,667
2.33 Hartranft 24,217
4.00 Rittenhouse 23,699
2.33 Kingsessing 23,109
2.66 Wissinoming 22,926
3.33 Fox Chase 22,510
1.66 Feltonville 22,396
2.33 Haddington 21,834
1.66 Juniata Park 21,527
1.66 Hunting Park 21,467
2.66 University City 21,455
3.33 Fishtown - Lower Kensington 21,342
2.00 Strawberry Mansion 19,996
3.33 Lower Moyamensing 19,811
2.33 Elmwood 19,402
2.33 Tioga 19,298
2.00 Ogontz 18,647
2.33 North Central 18,402
2.66 Tacony 18,393
2.66 Point Breeze 17,462
2.33 Harrowgate 17,050
2.00 Wynnefield 16,897
3.66 Whitman 16,491
2.66 Parkwood Manor 16,317
2.66 Grays Ferry 16,147
3.00 Spruce Hill 16,027
2.00 Stanton 15,758
3.66 Upper Roxborough 15,513
4.00 Passyunk Square 14,624
3.33 Girard Estates 14,505
4.33 Old City 14,248
3.33 West Mount Airy 14,121
4.00 Washington Square West 14,110
1.66 Allegheny West 13,915
4.00 Logan Square 13,653
2.66 West Kensington 13,638
3.66 Newbold 13,419
3.66 Roxborough 13,396
4.00 East Passyunk 13,366
4.00 Fairmount 13,333
2.33 Cedarbrook 12,413
3.66 Graduate Hospital 12,320
2.00 East Oak Lane 12,123
2.33 East Germantown 11,582
3.00 Brewerytown 11,542
2.66 Modena 11,262
1.33 Paschall 11,251
3.66 Dickinson Narrows 11,220
2.33 Pennypack 11,166
2.33 Torresdale 11,145
3.33 Spring Garden 11,106
2.66 Cedar Park 11,099
1.66 Northwood 10,814
2.33 Carroll Park 10,778
2.66 Southwest Schuylkill 10,597
3.33 East Falls 10,266
3.66 Chestnut Hill 10,146
3.33 West Passyunk 9,998
2.33 Morrell Park 9,823
3.00 Mantua 9,730
2.00 Mill Creek 9,709
1.66 Franklinville 9,665
4.00 Bella Vista 9,449
3.00 West Central Germantown 9,419
2.33 Germantown - Morton 9,370
4.00 Pennsport 8,863
2.33 Wynnefield Heights 8,749
3.00 Walnut Hill 8,641
2.66 West Poplar 8,582
3.33 Northern Liberties 8,519
2.00 Summerdale 8,464
2.33 Southwest Germantown 8,396
4.00 Society Hill 8,332
1.66 Fairhill 8,163
4.00 Queen Village 8,055
4.00 Manayunk 7,793
1.66 Fern Rock 7,789
3.00 Francisville 7,639
2.33 Wister 7,004
3.00 Powelton 6,764
3.33 Burholme 6,509
2.66 Bridesburg 6,465
3.00 West Powelton 6,453
3.00 Pennypack Woods 6,393
3.00 Garden Court 6,280
2.66 Germantown - Westside 6,226
2.33 Eastwick 6,223
3.33 Academy Gardens 6,206
3.00 Yorktown 6,146
2.00 McGuire 6,101
2.33 Melrose Park Gardens 5,997
4.33 Center City East 5,975
3.33 Stadium District 5,773
3.66 Greenwich 5,557
2.33 Aston-Woodbridge 5,387
4.00 Fitler Square 5,310
2.00 Glenwood 5,304
4.00 Wissahickon 5,291
2.33 Sharswood 5,240
3.66 Hawthorne 5,225
2.33 Clearview 5,217
2.00 Penrose 5,122
3.00 Old Kensington 5,096
3.33 Packer Park 5,093
3.00 East Kensington 5,041
3.33 Pennypack Park 4,911
2.66 Millbrook 4,790
1.66 Nicetown 4,633
3.00 Belmont 4,241
2.33 Lexington Park 4,160
3.00 Andorra 4,013
2.00 Bartram Village 3,949
2.66 East Poplar 3,733
2.66 East Parkside 3,571
2.33 Dunlap 3,229
2.00 Germantown - Penn Knox 3,079
2.66 Ludlow 2,714
3.00 Riverfront 2,663
4.00 Dearnley Park 2,592
4.00 Callowhill 2,569
2.66 Byberry 2,535
3.00 West Torresdale 2,243
3.00 Wissahickon Hills 2,242
4.33 Chinatown 2,215
3.00 Crestmont Farms 2,187
4.33 Roxborough Park 2,081
3.00 Woodland Terrace 1,996
3.00 Winchester Park 1,935
2.66 Normandy Village 1,918
1.66 Crescentville 1,858
3.33 Germany Hill 1,831
2.00 West Parkside 1,584
2.33 Franklin Mills 1,542
3.00 Haverford North 1,468

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Cheltenham Township 36,849
4.00 Millbourne 1,142
3.33 Camden 77,356
4.33 Wyndmoor 5,732
3.00 Yeadon 11,479
4.33 Springfield Township 19,483
4.33 Penn Wynne 5,812
3.33 Gloucester City 11,443
4.33 Flourtown 4,656
4.33 Rockledge 2,547
2.66 Darby 10,666
3.33 Colwyn 2,543
4.33 Abington Township 55,433
4.33 Lower Merion Township 58,009
3.33 Pennsauken Township 35,861
3.66 Upper Darby Township 82,724
3.33 Westville 4,272
3.00 National Park 3,024
3.33 Palmyra 7,401
4.33 Whitemarsh Township 17,404
3.33 Darby Township 9,273
3.66 Folcroft 6,617
3.66 Cinnaminson Township 16,041
3.66 Riverton 2,774
3.66 West Deptford Township 21,605
4.33 Haverford Township 48,598
3.00 Tinicum Township 4,090
4.33 Lower Moreland Township 13,055
4.00 Delran Township 16,874
3.33 Delanco Township 4,478
3.66 Bensalem Township 60,453
4.00 Lower Southampton Township 18,956

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 New York City 8,268,999
4.33 Washington, D.C. 619,371
4.33 Boston 629,182
3.00 Baltimore 621,445
3.66 Chicago 2,706,101

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 19120 76,430
3.66 19143 66,372
3.33 19111 68,620
3.33 19124 64,044
3.33 19134 61,108
3.33 19149 53,731
3.33 19140 53,778
4.00 19104 52,800
3.66 19148 51,455
3.66 19145 47,776
3.33 19131 42,194
3.33 19144 44,380
3.33 19139 43,181
3.33 19136 36,865
3.00 19132 36,218
3.33 19121 33,543
3.66 19128 35,720
3.00 19154 33,419
3.00 19115 33,780
4.00 19146 34,837
3.00 19141 32,058
4.33 19147 35,014
3.00 19152 33,238
3.00 19116 31,763
3.00 19138 34,573
3.33 19135 32,336
3.00 19114 30,651
3.00 19151 32,824
3.00 19142 29,381
3.66 19119 29,017
3.33 19133 25,881
4.00 19130 25,731
3.00 19150 24,273
4.33 19103 22,427
4.00 19125 23,070
3.66 19122 19,784
3.00 19126 16,282
3.33 19153 12,053
4.33 19107 12,327
4.00 19123 13,285
3.66 19129 11,582
4.33 19106 11,424
3.66 19118 9,626
3.33 19137 8,439
4.00 19127 5,457
4.33 19102 4,056

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 Middle, High
4.00 Planet Abacus Charter School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.33 Science Leadership Academy Public 9-12 Middle, 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 Middle, High
3.66 Franklin Towne Charter High School Public, Charter 9-12 Middle, High
Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 William W. Bodine High School Public 9-12 Middle, High
4.00 Carver High School Public 9-12 Middle, High
3.33 Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Tech & Careers Public, Charter 9-12 Middle, 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 Middle, 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 Middle, 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 Middle, 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
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Private, Special Education PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Delta School Private, Special Education K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Friends Select School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
ATG Learning Academy Private, Special Education 5-12 Middle, High
4.00 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
4.00 Friends Central School Private, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Abington Friends School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Chestnut Hill Academy Private, All-Boys PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 The Haverford School Private, All-Boys PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 George School Private, Boarding, Religious 9-12 Middle, High
3.66 Germantown Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Moorestown Friends School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 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

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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 42.02% 12.23% 10.47% 20.23% 62.72% 22.86% 31.87% 22.70% 49.39%
White 36.59% 63.25% 79.00% 64.46% 28.09% 46.55% 32.17% 33.07% 35.09%
Hispanic 12.67% 16.62% 5.92% 8.11% 4.31% 17.97% 28.67% 28.67% 9.60%
Asian 6.45% 4.83% 2.84% 5.10% 2.39% 8.94% 5.65% 12.94% 3.49%
Multiracial 1.78% 2.05% 1.50% 1.75% 2.00% 2.19% 1.33% 1.59% 1.96%
Other 0.30% 0.19% 0.14% 0.22% 0.22% 1.30% 0.16% 0.80% 0.21%
Native American 0.18% 0.66% 0.11% 0.12% 0.25% 0.18% 0.13% 0.19% 0.23%
Pacific Islander 0.02% 0.16% 0.02% 0.02% 0.03% 0.02% 0.02% 0.04% 0.04%

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% 10%
10 to 17 years 10% 11% 10% 11% 9% 7% 10% 9% 7%
18 to 24 years 13% 10% 10% 10% 12% 18% 11% 10% 14%
25 to 34 years 17% 13% 12% 13% 17% 22% 19% 17% 22%
35 to 44 years 12% 13% 12% 13% 12% 13% 14% 14% 14%
45 to 54 years 13% 14% 15% 15% 14% 11% 13% 13% 12%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 13% 12% 12% 9% 10% 11% 11%
65 and over 12% 13% 16% 14% 12% 10% 11% 12% 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% 20% 15% 19% 20% 12%
High school diploma or equivalent 35% 28% 37% 31% 30% 22% 23% 24% 19%
Some college or associate degree 23% 29% 24% 24% 24% 19% 24% 21% 17%
Bachelor's degree 14% 18% 17% 20% 14% 24% 20% 20% 23%
Master's degree or higher 10% 11% 11% 13% 12% 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.
Male 47.2% 49.2% 48.8% 48.3% 47.1% 47.8% 48.5% 47.6% 47.3%
Female 52.8% 50.8% 51.2% 51.7% 52.9% 52.2% 51.5% 52.4% 52.7%

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.
Rent 46.7% 35.1% 30.2% 31.6% 51.7% 65.9% 54.7% 67.8% 57.9%
Own 53.3% 64.9% 69.8% 68.4% 48.3% 34.1% 45.3% 32.2% 42.1%

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 514.2 278.9 215.9 253.0 716.3 442.8 NA 378.4 576.1
Murder 15.9 5.0 5.7 6.7 37.4 6.1 15.2 4.0 15.9
Rape 82.3 15.3 47.9 43.3 NA 13.2 60.8
Robbery 486.9 159.8 154.5 206.4 599.7 290.2 434.3 228.3 566.2

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 670.1 573.5 419.4 472.8 1187.0 480.9 653.4 197.8 512.6
Larceny 2398.5 2079.6 1744.4 1854.8 3042.7 2042.1 2407.5 1404.6 3574.6
Motor vehicle theft 372.9 235.5 131.1 174.6 715.0 250.1 464.5 88.5 486.8

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
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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"
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4.6"
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3.5"

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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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  • 4.1"
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    Snowfall

  • 4.6"
  • 4.8"
  • 1.9"
  • 0.1"
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    Avg. Temps

  • 40°
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  • 44°
    29°
  • 53°
    36°
  • 65°
    46°
  • 75°
    56°
  • 84°
    66°
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    70°
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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"
  • 3.8"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.9"

    Snowfall

  • 4.6"
  • 4.8"
  • 1.9"
  • 0.1"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 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 244 responses

  • 51% Yes
  • 20% Not sure
  • 29% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 324 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 349 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 289 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 288 responses

  • 9% 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.
  • 15% 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 119 responses

  • 44% Very accepting.
  • 40% 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 412 responses

  • 12% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 44% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 37% 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 75 responses

  • 15% I love everything about it.
  • 44% 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 87 responses

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