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Cities in the Spotlight: Philadelphia

Philadelphia is filled with history.

Philadelphia is filled with history.

If you are looking for a city with a rich history with varied weather and plenty to do, then Philadelphia may be where you want to consider before you start packing. There are many things that make the city attractive, and it is also in close proximity to many other major cities.

Philadelphia has a population of more than 1.5 million people. Young people may be interested in moving to this area, as there is a significant number of working age citizens in the city.

The weather in Philadelphia varies greatly, like much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic parts of the country. The temperature reaches an average high of 87 degrees in July, while this falls to a low of 26 degrees in January, according to The Weather Channel.

History is prevalent throughout the city. Philadelphia is the home to many famous Americans such as Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross. It was central to the American Revolution, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence took place in the city.

Philadelphia is also an education hub, which may be attractive if you plan on bringing a family, or are just interested in taking some classes. The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University LaSalle University and St. Joseph's University are all located in the city. Villanova University is also located close by.

Sports are very popular in the city, and Philadelphia is known for some of the most passionate fans in the country. All four major sports are represented, as the National Hockey League's Flyers, National Basketball Association's 76ers, National Football League's Eagles and Major League Baseball's Phillies all play in the city.

Many local attractions available
Whether you want to bring your family into the city, or are just looking for something fun by yourself, there are many things to do in Philadelphia. Penn's Landing is a popular spot on the Delaware River, which has both concerts and food options. The Franklin Institute is a science center geared toward children, which could make a great day trip.

One of Philadelphia's most prized food concoctions is the hoagie - a type of sub sandwich. Philly cheesesteaks are one of the city's biggest exports, and a local favorite, as well. It is also well-known for its soft pretzels, which are common around the city.