While you may be familiar with the city for its Philly cheesesteak, the Liberty Bell, or as the City of Brotherly Love, moving to Philadelphia will turn it into your home. Before you pack up your belongings and load a moving truck to the sixth largest city in the United States, it’s a good idea to become acquainted with the place from a local’s perspective.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is conveniently located between New York City and Washington, DC. If you like the mountains, the Poconos are within driving distance. If you like the beach, head toward the Atlantic Shore. Do you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while? Amish Country is not far.
Come to Philly to learn or to be near some of the top hospitals in the nation. After all, Benjamin Franklin opened America’s first hospital in Philadelphia. It is a college town, or rather a town full of colleges, with more than 80 colleges, universities, medical schools and technical schools to choose from to receive a higher education.
Philadelphia locals have their own dialect. You’ll hear things like, “Wit” instead of “with”. “Yo” is a greeting, as is any conversation that starts with “Phillies” or “Eagles”. Of course, the fastest way to a person’s heart if through their stomach. Get acquainted with the foods that have made Philadelphia popular: Cheesesteak, hoagies, Water Ice and Tastycakes.
Choose a neighborhood that fits your lifestyle, from Center City, or South, Southwest, West, Northwest, North or Northeast Philly. As the name implies, Center City will put you in the center of the action from incredible parks to art and theater.
When moving, you will need to hire a professional moving company that is familiar with grid, one-way streets and row housing with street parking for loading and unloading. Like with most cities, the farther out you live, you will find larger plots of land and single dwelling houses and estates.