Tips For Moving to Philadelphia
1. Move in will need a"parking for move pass" that needs to be arranged a few days ahead of time (Click here for arrangement info).
2. Philly has a wage tax that accounts for more than 40% of the cities revenue. It is just under half a percent less for nonresidents who work in the city. If not included in your quote it can end up as an extra surcharge.
3. Avoid the Schuylkill (i.e. I-76) and its jammed, bumper-to-bumper traffic. Take Kelly Drive instead. Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Drive join to form one of the most beautiful places in a city. With only 2 freeways and many narrow streets timely arrival at any destination is hap hazard. Even these two streets are frequently closed down for events or n the summer for walkers, bikers and tourists to enjoy.
Relocating to Philadelphia
Philly has about 1.6 million Philadelphians living there. As part of the Delaware Valley metropolitan area we ar looking at around seven and a half million.
The realities of living in Philadelphia include:
• Philadelphia uses a easily understood grid system but Center City just was not built to handle the number of vehicles and people now using the streets.
• The city is warm, not overly hot. It is sunny about half the time. Rain happens more than you might expect, especially in July.
• Like all major US cities Philly has similar issues. Gentrification and renewal change how communities exist. Newly rebuilt areas next to old ones mean a disruption of expectations that can be avoided by taking the time to get out and walk around the community you are considering living in. Some of the garbage or odours may cross those beautiful community borders or opportunity crimes may be problematic until the neighbouring community is also renewed.
• Philadelphia has the biggest per capita concentration of college and university institutions. It both is and feels like a college town.