English: Sauveur House, 8205 Seminole Ave., Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA (1885); G.W. & W.D. Hewitt, architects. Now part of (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Katrina Rossos | US News
Philadelphia offers a unique setting for an eclectic mix of modern lifestyles, mingling both the edgy and the sophisticated. History and art are pervasive in the city proper. Walking through downtown, you'll likely spot murals and mosaics coating the sides of industrial warehouses and ivy climbing the walls of 300-year-old brick buildings. Culture is well-established in Philly, too, as evidenced by the array of art galleries, music venues and theaters, as well as the nation's oldest art museum.
Every section of Philly is distinct. Young professionals cluster in trendy neighborhoods like Fishtown and Old City, where dozens of restaurants and bars provide opportunities to socialize. Areas like Fairmount and Chestnut Hill cater to the more affluent city dwellers with boutique shops and upscale townhomes. Families tend to leave the center city area in favor of the quality schools and larger home options of areas like Manayunk, East Falls and Roxborough.
Small public parks are interspersed in the gridwork of Philadelphia, an important aspect of William Penn's design for Philadelphia. These green spaces bring welcome relief from the daily hustle and bustle and are an integral part of the City of Brotherly Love. And the best part? Living here won't break the bank.
U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there. Philadelphia ranks as #77 with an overall score of 6.2 out of 10.
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