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If you have been searching for a place to live in the northern-eastern area of the United States but you haven’t decided where to move, here we provide several reasons why should you consider moving to Philadelphia, PA.

Philadelphia is one of the most historical cities in the world. There are hundreds of things that I can list that are positive about Philadelphia, but that would make this article way too long. No body has that much time for reading, I guess.

The City of Firsts

Philadelphia is the city of firsts. The city is home to America’s first zoo, it also is the home of the first hospital and, obviously, the first medical school. It hosted america’s first birthday party, first daily news paper, first public school, also the very first planned city of the U.S. Of course, the list could go on and on…

Cheese-Steaks

There are only two places that I have considered traveling cross-country to eat a local delicacy. That is Chicago (for Chicago Style Pizza) and Philadelphia (for Philly Cheese-Steak Sandwich). Philadelphia Pat Olivieri is often credited with inventing the sandwich by serving chopped steak on an Italian roll in the early 1930’s.

I would just like to stop and thank Pat for his amazing invention.

Freedom of Choice

Philadelphia is a decisively gay-friendly place. The “gayborhood”, as they refer to it, has been officially recognized by the city, which attached rainbow flags to many of the areas street signs back in 2000, 2007, 2010; pretty much, all of the 2000’s. Of course, some people in Philadelphia might not be on board with this, but the typical Philly resident has an attitude like this: “you sleep with whoever, it’s none of my business. I don’t care who you sleep with, thus you shouldn’t care who I sleep with”.

Obviously I’m generalizing here, and there might be exceptions to this rule, as Aristotle used to say.

Beer

Benjamin Franklin said best; “Beer is the living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”. I’m kind of on board with that, I don’t consider myself, I work a lot in this moving business, I travel everyday and still love beer whenever I have some time to chill at home.

Philadelphia has a lot of great beers. They even boast as the city with the best beer. I’ve been there helping families move to Philadelphia, PA. and it makes perfect sense, I’ve seen it.

Although they have some funky liquor laws and expensive licenses for businesses like restaurants to have alchohol for sale, so a lot of restaurants are BYOB; You could walk in there with your own six pack of beer and have a nice dinner.

Not only that, many of the homes in Philadelphia have basement bars, thus a lot of people take pride in them and really fix them up nice. It’s bizarre but cool simultaneously.

Kingdom of Bikes

According to bicycling magazine Philadelphia has the most bicycles commuters per capita of the ten largest cities in the United States.

Moreover, it has one of the highest percentage of female cyclists nationwide. Fairmount park has 215 miles of recreational and mountain bike trails for you to enjoy. There’s another 22 miles of road in Valley Forge that’s mostly paid for road biking, meaning that’s a fantastic place to ride a bike, except for winter.

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Natural Disaster Free Zone

Philadelphia has no earthquake, tsunamis, etc. Other than the occasional blizzard, you really don’t have to give the big ones much thought. They’re too far inland to have them.

Affordable Housing

Now, this is really strange for a major U.S. city. The median home price in the Philadelphia area is 240 thousand dollars. Which is considerably less than New York and San Francisco. You’ll find some really good deals.

Museums

As we already mentioned, Philadelphia is the home of america’s first private museum. Saying that they have to many museums is like saying you have to many assets in your house. That’s impossible. Philly runs the risk of having too many museums. They have a lot. They do have the normal type of museums, but they also have a diversified option such as the Barnes foundation, the Police Touch Me Museum which is for little kids. The African-American Museum, the National Museum for American Jewish History, the University of Pennsylvania museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Academy of Natural Science, etc.

A Place for History Nerds

If you are a history nerd, you need to log into Airbnb, find a place and stay for a week so that you can visit half of the history of Philadelphia.

The reason why it’s so rich in history, is because Philadelphia is where the United States was formed. Granted, there are great historical events elsewhere in the United States, but Philadelphia is where america’s forefathers took a father, dipped it in some ink and started making rules that we still follow to this day, or at least that’s what we’re supposed to do.

So, my advice to anyone who loves american history, or has kids that do, go to Philadelphia before Washington D.C. Yes, Washington, D.C. has great monuments, and historical sculptures, but the essence of america’s history is in Philadelphia. Trust me, you’ll enjoy your stay at Philadelphia if you are into history.

Perfect Location

Located in between NYC and DC, an hour to the shore, an hour to the PA Dutch countryside, an hour or hour and a half to the Poconos. As someone born and raised in Metro NYC, I know several people (including my brother)who now live in or near Philly such as towns like Mount Laurel, NJ, Bucks County or even in or Wilmington, Del because of the cheapest SAFE and most affordable home prices anywhere on I-95 along the DC-NY-Boston corridor.

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