Introductions to Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the sixth most populous city of the United States and is commonly known as Philly and the ‘city of brotherly love’. It is the largest city of Pennsylvania and the fifth largest metropolitan area by population of the country.

The word ‘Philadelphia’ is derived from the Greek word ‘philos’, meaning love and the name of the city literally means ‘city of brotherly love”.

Benjamin Franklin had a large role to play in Philadelphia’s early rise to prominence and during the eighteenth century this city eclipsed New York City both politically and socially. This city practically gave rise to the American Revolution and brought about American independence with some of its ideas and actions. Philadelphia back then was the centerpiece of the nation and was its first capital in 1774. At the time it was also the most populous city among all the other major cities of the United States.

The Dutch, the British and the Swedish were among the first Europeans who came along and settled won here in Philadelphia during the 1600’s. Philadelphia is located on the Fall Line separating the Atlantic Coastal Plain from the Piedmont. The adjacent counties are New Jersey to the east; Montgomery to the north; Gloucester County, New Jersey to the south; Bucks to the northeast; Burlington County, Camden County, New Jersey to the southeast; and Delaware County to the west.

Philadelphia has humid subtropical climate. Summers are typically hot and muggy whereas fall and spring are generally mild. Winter over here is cold. Snowfall is variable. Some winters bring in moderate snow and others bring some significant snowstorms. February is the driest month of the year and the dryness continues throughout winter season.

The main sections of the city are North, Northwest, Northeast, South, West and Southwest Philadelphia. The neighborhoods here basically formed based on religion, culture, ethnicity, and commercial reasons.

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