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Philadelphia is the most populous city in Pennsylvania and is known as the birthplace of US independence. The city was central to the American revolution and this proud history remains visible in its monuments and landmarks. It’s also a major higher education destination and is home to several excellent universities including the Ivy League-affiliated University of Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1682, Philadelphia is among the oldest cities in America. Its importance grew and grew in the 18th century, with the city serving as a base for American revolutionaries. The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia by America’s Founding Fathers in 1776, while the city’s iconic Liberty Bell endures as a symbol of freedom.
Philadelphia (known affectionally as ‘Philly’) is now the sixth largest city in the United States and is a serious cultural heavyweight. Along with historical institutions devoted to America’s colonial and revolutionary eras, Philly also hosts the Philadelphia Museum of Art – a world-class gallery whose entrance will be familiar to fans of the Rocky film series. Elsewhere in Philadelphia, the Rosenbach is a must-visit for postgraduate literature students, with an excellent collection of rare books and manuscripts by the likes of James Joyce, Joseph Conrad and William Blake.
Philly has a proud sporting heritage, with several professional sports team calling the city home. These include the Philadelphia Phillies (baseball), Philadelphia 76ers (basketball) and the Philadelphia Eagles (American football), who won their first Super Bowl in 2017 to great fanfare.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, Wissahickon Valley Park and Fairmount Park are both located within the city limits and offer miles of wooded trails, riverside walks and rolling hills.
Student accommodation in Philadelphia is a mixture of on and off-campus housing, with private options also available.
With 22 higher education institutions based in Philadelphia and a student population of around 343,000, the city is one of America’s top university hubs. University City, a neighbourhood in West Philadelphia, is home to several prominent institutions.
The University of Pennsylvania is the oldest university in Philadelphia (as well as one of the oldest in the USA) and a member of the prestigious Ivy League. The largest university in the city is Temple University, a public research university. Other institutions include Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University.
Philadelphia is a major economic power in the Pennsylvania region and many multinational companies are based there. These include Comcast, Urban Outfitters and the American headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline. Philadelphia is also the home of the first stock exchange in the USA, now a branch of the Nasdaq group.
Financial services, information technology, tourism and healthcare are important sectors in Philadelphia’s economy.
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