About Philadelphia County
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with an estimated population of 1,567,872. It is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley. The city is notable for its rich history, on display at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and other American Revolutionary sites. Also iconic are the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone’s triumphant run in the film "Rocky."
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The School District includes all public schools in Philadelphia. Established in 1818, it is the eighth largest school district in the nation. The district is organized into 11 regional offices, nine of which handle geographic regions plus Alternative Education Region covering all the District's Disciplinary and Accelerated Schools. Finally, the city is home to 86 charter schools, which are not part of the school district.
Dining and Shopping
Dining and shopping options are endless in the city. South Street stores range from clothing boutiques to vintage furniture outlets. Main Street in Manayunk is lined with a strip of quaint, canal-facing historic buildings. Over the years, many of these have been transformed into boutiques, restaurants, and bars. If you're looking for a more elegant experience, Rittenhouse Row is Philadelphia's five-star destination. This upscale, chic corridor is filled with all of the best shopping, dining, galleries, spa-salons and so much more.
At night, it’s an exciting, welcoming place to sip cocktails, hear live music and do your own thing. Whether you’re dancing and dining in Old City, heading to a hipster hangout in South Philadelphia or catching a live jazz show in Northern Liberties, you are pretty much always guaranteed a great time. Multiple nights each week during summer, you will find at least one movie streaming in parks and other al fresco venues throughout the area.
Parks and Recreation
Parks & Recreation owns and operates five ice rinks throughout the city. Programs include ice hockey, ice skating and skating lessons. In addition, Philadelphia's six public golf courses have been welcoming golfers for many years. Consequently, with the city's parks as backdrops, each course has unique characteristics which help to provide a memorable experience to golfers of all skill levels.
Some 253,000 people commute into "center city" by car every day, meanwhile 146,825 Philly residents travel outside of the county. Aside from walking, Philadelphia's excellent transit system is the best way to get around town. SEPTA, the nation's fifth-largest transit system, is the most comprehensive bus/subway/commuter-rail system in the United States. However, Philly is more bike-friendly than ever with the launch of Indego, a city-wide bike sharing service starting at just $4 per ride.