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Largely considered a centerpiece of early American history, Philadelphia is chock full of culture, tradition and the noble roots of several founding fathers.

The Place

Spanning a total area of 142.6 square miles, Philadelphia is Pennsylvania's largest city. It is located on the eastern edge of the state's border with New Jersey. The city's 7.6 square miles of water include the Schuylkill River, the Delaware River, Wissahickon Creek, Cobbs Creek and Pennypack Creek.  

The climate in Philadlephia can be classified as humid subtropical. Winter is cold, though not always snowy. Spring is generally mild and sunny. Summer tends to be hot and humid, while fall is characterized by mildly cooler temperatures and very colorful foliage. Rainfall is pretty evenly spaced out throughout the year, with an average annual rainfall of 42 inches.

The city of Philadelphia is primarily a neighborhood city, and most neighborhoods can be easily accessed through public transportation, which is administered by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The city's main arterial highways are Interstate 95 running north to south along the Delaware, the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) running along the Schuylkill River. The Vine Street Expressway serves as a link between I-95 and I-76.  The Philadelphia International Airport is located at the south end of the city. The currency used in Philadelphia is the U.S. dollar.

The People


Philadelphia is the sixth most populous city in the United States. In 2008, the city's population was estimated to be almost 1.5 million. Not only is Philadelphia the fourth largest urban area in the United States (in terms of population), but also the fourth largest consumer media market, according to Nielsen Media Research. Philadelphians lovingly refer to their glorious city as "Philly," though it is also commonly known as "The City of Brotherly Love."

Philadelphians are known for their love of culture. Some say Philadelphia has more public art than any other American city. The city is famous for the quantity of murals that can be seen practically around every corner. The Philadelphia Museum of Art's steps were made famous by the film "Rocky."

Philadelphians are also big sports fans. Their local professional sports teams include baseball team The Phillies, who play at Citizens Bank Park; basketball team The 76ers, who play at the Wachovia Center; football team The Eagles, who play at Lincoln Financial Field and ice hockey team the Philadelphia Flyers, who also play at the Wachovia Center.
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