2010: 1,526,006, #5 in U.S., #1 in Pennsylvania

1950: 2,071,605, #3 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 5,965,343, #5 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 3,671,048, #4 in U.S.


Philadelphia was founded in 1682 between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Today, Fairmount Park and the Schuylkill River Trail are along the Schuylkill River. The University of Pennsylvania is just west of downtown, across the Schuylkill River.


Tallest building: Comcast Technology Center, 1,121 feet  (2018)

List of tallest buildings

Philadelphia City Hall (548 feet, 1901) has a public observation deck.


Macy’s is located downtown in the historic Wanamaker's department store building.  Fashion District Philadelphia opened in September 2019, replacing the Gallery at Market East (1977), an enclosed shopping mall.


Philadelphia is on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, with frequent service from the historic 30th Street Station (1933) north to New York City and Boston and south to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Other Amtrak trains include the Silver Star and Silver Meteor to Florida, Palmetto to Savannah (Ga.), Carolinian to Charlotte, Crescent to Atlanta and New Orleans, Cardinal to Cincinnati and Chicago, and Pennsylvanian to Pittsburgh.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)  operates commuter rail lines throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and to New Jersey and Delaware, as well as light rail, subways, and elevated trains in the city and suburbs. SEPTA has train service to Philadelphia International Airport.

Philadelphia and Delaware River


Downtown Philadelphia museums include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, the National Museum of American Jewish History (which opened in 2010), and the Mutter Museum.


The Cinemark University City Penn 6, at the University of Pennsylania, shows first-run films. An eight-screen movie theater will open in Fashion District Philadelphia. The Ritz Five shows independent films. The Trocadero (1884), originally an opera house, has concerts and weekly movies.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (2001) hosts the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Academy of Music (1857) hosts the Opera Philadelphia and touring Broadway shows. The Merriam Theater (formerly the Shubert, 1918) and the Forrest Theatre (1927) also host touring Broadway shows.

The Walnut Street Theatre, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Arden Theatre Company, and the Wilma Theater are also downtown.


The Philadelphia Phillies of the National League play at Citizens Bank Park (2004). The NFL Philadelphia Eagles play at Lincoln Financial Field (2003). The NBA Philadelphia 76ers and NHL Philadelphia Flyers play at the Wells Fargo Center (1996). All three facilities are in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, several miles south of downtown.

Map of Downtown Philadelphia