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21 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Philadelphia

things to know before moving to philadelphia
Written by Justin Kerby

1. We are “The Cradle of Liberty”

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Both the United States Declaration of Independence from Great Britain and the Constitution were signed here.

2. We are Known as the City of Brotherly Love

We are so welcoming we have a “Friendship Gate”.

3. There is No Shortage of Higher Education

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With 19 four-year colleges and 10 two-year colleges we know we are pretty smart.

4. Your Philly Cheese-steak is Ordered “Wit or Witout”

Referring to whether you want fried onions or not, no to worry – you’ll catch on.

5. We are Basically Movie Stars

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Invincible, Silver Linings Playbook, Unstoppable, Boy Meets World, and Cold Case are just a few tv shows and movies that are based in our great city. Not to mention the opening credit scene of Fresh Prince.

6. We Take the Arts Seriously

The “Avenue of Arts” is lined with world class art venues.

7. World Class Chefs

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We have no shortage of fine dining. Take a look at our 6 favorite restaurants in Philadelphia for more variety.

8. “Gottahava Wawa”

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Your one stop shop for everything, you won’t be able to live without it.

9. It Isn’t a Bad Attitude, It’s Just the Way Philadelphians Are

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People call us cocky but really it’s just confidence.

10. Parking Enforcement Isn’t Playing Around

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Hurry, your meter has probably already expired.

11. Watch for Cyclists

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With the parking police on the loose, pedestrian and bike traffic is everywhere – so keep your eyes peeled.

12. It’s Called Center City, Not Downtown

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If you refer to it as “downtown” we’ll probably pretend like you are speaking another language.

13. Farmer’s Markets are a Must

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You don’t have to travel to the country side to find farm fresh produce, meat and diary products – just look to your local farmer’s market.

14. Parks and Squares are in Abundance

63 parks total about 9,200 acres of green space, making up about 10% of Philadelphia.

15. Hopefully, You Will Never Understand why The Fresh Prince Left

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In general our city is pretty safe, just use common sense and you’ll be fine.

16. The Philly Phanatic is the Best Mascot in Sports

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The Philly Phanatic would win a mayoral election by a landslide.

17. Adrian!

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72 stone steps that represent the fight in this city.

18.Yuengling is the Hometown Brew

Our home town brew is America’s oldest.

19. Mummer’s New Year’s Day Parade

Prepare yourself. You could see anything at this parade.

20. We Love the Eagles

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Love them or hate them… No just love them.

21. We Hate the Cowboys


Hate them!

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