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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, as well as one of America's most historic cities and a popular college town. Philadelphia is home to numerous colleges and universities including Penn and Villanova, two premiere universities whose scholarly and cultural presence can be felt and seen in the area. The city is also home to many neighborhoods and a vital, historic downtown surrounded by 2 major rivers.  

Where to Retire in Philadelphia and Home Prices

Living close to the University of Pennsylvania or just out of town in Villanova can provide an interesting retirement, and more and more people 55+ are choosing an urban retirement lifestyle in Philadelphia. Domus is such a development in the heart of academic Philadelphia (see active adult communities link at left).

Cost of living can be surprisingly affordable for a city of this size. The average home price in the Philadelphia/Camden Metro/Wilmington DE area was $346,300 according to the National Association of Realtors in the 2nd quarter of 2022. Prices can differ tremendously based on neighborhood.

What Is Special about Philadelphia

Living so close to the center of American history has to be a thrill.  Birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and home of Benjamin Franklin make Philadelphia a special place. The urban lifestyle in Philadelphia, where owning a car is not necessary, is quite appealing. There are lots of great restaurants, museums, and shopping.  Philadelphia is above average in walkability when compared to other citiies.

What Is Not Special about Philadelphia

Crime and urban problems would make Philadelphia a less than desirable place for people who don't like living in an urban environment.

Climate and Physical Environment

Philadelphia is in extreme southeastern Pennsylvania across the Delaware from New Jersey.  The Schuylkill River goes through the western part of the city.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Philadelphia has some of the top cultural institutions in the world, including art and music. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts are just some of its atttractions. Independence National Historical Park is one of the top historical attractions in America. Every type of sports team is represented here as well. The presence of several major colleges and universities make this a very sophisticated town.


As in most large cities, the crime rate is well above the national average.

Medical Facilities

The many medical facilities located here include Temple University Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the VA Medical Center.


Rail, bus, air, and surface transportation are tops in Philadelphia

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