Philadelphia or "Philly", as the city is affectionately known, is a large metropolis just a few hours’ drive from New York City and Washington DC. While it might not have the same reputation as its illustrious neighbours, expats moving to Philadelphia will find themselves in a cosmopolitan city full of opportunities.
The economic hub of Pennsylvania and the headquarters of hundreds of corporations, expats wanting to work in Philadelphia are potentially provided with thousands of employment opportunities. It's also an intrinsically creative and cultural city with a thriving music industry and delicious cuisine.
The weather in Philadelphia varies greatly between hot, muggy summers and cold, snow-covered winters. However, the climate is mild for the most part, making it great for expats living in Philadelphia with children. The abundant sunshine allows families to take full advantage of Philadelphia’s many sprawling parks and playgrounds. Philly also boasts a state-of-the-art children’s hospital and many excellent schools.
Besides the excellent rail system connecting the city to its neighbours, there's a well-developed local network of public transport in Philadelphia with buses, trolleys and trains. However, it also has a reputation for being one of the most walkable cities in the USA, so expats living in the city centre will rarely need to use public transport, let alone a car.
Neighbourhoods close to Center City and in the northwestern suburbs are so well located that expats would not need to venture further than a few miles in any direction to find everything they need in terms of restaurants, shops and entertainment. Accommodation in Philadelphia is generally affordable and the cost of living is lower than in other cities along the east coast.
Expats moving to Philadelphia will find themselves in a bustling urban environment where residents are extremely proud of their city. It offers a wonderful balance of city and suburban life and is a great destination for expats looking for a busy, diverse and ever-expanding place to call home.
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