Located in Pennsylvania and known for the Liberty Bell, the iconic “Rocky” steps and the legendary Philly cheesesteak, Philadelphia is a fun, vibrant city full of history and culture.
As the home to our Gentle Giant Philly location, there is a special place in our heart for the City of Brotherly Love. Here are five reasons why you might want to consider living here.
1. Philadelphia is more affordable than other popular East Coast cities
In comparison to cities such as Boston, D.C. and especially New York City, you will find the cost of living and housing prices to be very reasonable in Philadelphia. It is also a city where buying property can be on par in price, if not cheaper, than renting, according to Curbed Philadelphia.
This is great news, both for the young professional looking for short-term housing in Philadelphia, as well as growing families looking to own their own home.
2. Philadelphia is home to many educational opportunities
One of the top universities in the world, the University of Pennsylvania, finds its home in Philadelphia. In addition, there are 15 other four-year colleges in the Philadelphia area. For hands-on learning opportunities for the whole family, you can also visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence Hall, the Franklin Institute, the Museum of the American Revolution, and many others.
Those aspiring to expand their education in the arts also have many choices for higher education in Philly. A few include The Art Institute of Philadelphia, the Moore College of Art and Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music, among others.
3. Philadelphia has plenty of local foods and treats to try
There are so many unique foods to try in Philadelphia you just won’t find anywhere else. Sure, everyone knows about Philadelphia Cheesesteaks, but hit up Reading Terminal Market or a local restaurant and you will get the inside scoop from locals. A few foods to explore: scrapple, Philadelphia Pretzel Factory soft pretzels, hoagies, Tastykakes and water ice.
You can also find Amish vendors selling Pennsylvania Dutch food and sweets while in Philly, such as Shoofly Pie, fasnachts and whoopie pies.
4. Philadelphia is a very walkable city
Don’t despair if you are looking to move to Philadelphia but don’t own a car, as it is one of the most walkable cities in the country and offers an impressive line-up of public transportation options. It is also a very bike-friendly city.
You will also find “Walk! Philadelphia” signs throughout the city to orient visitors and locals alike on how easy it can be to navigate Center City and beyond, all on foot!
5. Philadelphia truly is a City of Brotherly Love
In addition to being a more affordable East Coast city, Philly is generally one of the friendlier East Coast cities as well. It’s not uncommon to chat with strangers on the street to see how their day is going, you can ask for directions without worrying you’re bothering someone, the hospitality in authentic, and even in stressful situations like a car breakdown, you will find friendly help…and fast!
Looking to plan a move to Philadelphia? Gentle Giant is ready to serve all your moving needs! Give us a call today to learn more and speak with one of our Philly move consultants to get your process started.