Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Education and City Information

With a population of about 1.56 million, Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the fifth-largest city in the country. Philadelphia is home to several prominent universities, including Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.

Information About Philadelphia

In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Philadelphia as 1,560,297. The city's racial make-up in 2010 was more than 43 percent black or African American alone, nearly 37 percent white alone, over 12 percent Hispanic or Latino and more than six percent Asian alone. The city's median household income was $37,460 for 2010-2014.

Philadelphia is a hotbed of U.S. history, with attractions including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the homes of numerous famous Americans, including Betsy Ross and Edgar Allan Poe. The city also is home to numerous science and history museums, including the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the National Museum of American Jewish History and the National Constitution Center.

Additionally, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the nation's largest art museums, and the city's Rodin Museum features the largest collection of Auguste Rodin's work outside his native France. Philadelphia boasts the country's oldest zoo, and it has professional sports teams in baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, arena football, and soccer.

Philadelphia's Education Opportunities

Philadelphia hosts dozens of colleges and universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, rated the ninth best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Other ranked schools in the city include Drexel University, ranked 99th nationally, as well as Saint Joseph's University and La Salle University, ranked the 15th and 26th best regional universities in the North, respectively.

Other notable schools in Philadelphia include Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, Holy Family University, Peirce College, Chestnut Hill College and the Community College of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia's Economy and Major Companies

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, the city's largest employed sector was education and health services with 283,000 employees. Trade, transportation, and utilities was second, with about 135,000 employees, while government held 128,500 employees. Professional and business services had 124,000 jobs.

Comcast, the world's largest broadcasting and cable company based on 2015 revenue, is headquartered in Philadelphia, as are Fortune 500 companies Sunoco, Aramark and Crown Holdings Inc. Other major companies based in the city include Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company, and FMC Corp.

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