Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States, and the fifth-most-populous city in the United States. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural center of the Delaware Valley, and is the country's sixth largest metropolitan area. In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. The city is the center of economic activity within Pennsylvania, and is home to several Fortune 500 companies. The city is known for its vibrant and extensive arts and culture scene. Cuisine wise, the philly-cheesesteak is the most famous local dish, and soft pretzels are also extremely popular with locals. The city has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city, and Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped urban park in the world. Philadelphia's history attracts many tourists, with the Liberty Bell receiving over 2 million visitors in 2010. There are countless amenities throughout the city, including all major banks, convenience stores, parks, museums, shopping malls, bars and restaurants.
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Philadelphia has the seventh-largest metropolitan economy in the United States and ranks ninth among world cities and fourth in the nation. The Philadelphia Stock Exchange is located in the city, as well as a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Comcast, Colonial Penn, CIGNA and Lincoln Financial Group. Philadelphia's economic sectors are varied, and include information technology, manufacturing, oil refining, food processing, health care and biotechnology, tourism and financial services. Networking opportunities are plentiful in Philadelphia, mainly down to the educated workforce in place. The transportation system is extensive and efficient.
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Things to do in Philadelphia
There are numerous national historical sites within Philadelphia, that relate to the founding of the United States. Independence National Historical Park is central to these historical landmarks. Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell are the city's most famous attractions. Philadelphia has a range of science museums to visit, including the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Mütter Museum, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The city is home to many art museums, such as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Rodin Museum, which holds the largest collection of work by Auguste Rodin outside France. There is a range of restaurants in Philadelphia, serving up some of the region’s famous dishes. For an authentic Philly Cheesesteak, head to John’s Roast Pork, which is a favorite with locals and professionals alike. The namesake, Roast Pork Sandwich, is also a popular choice.
- Subway: Subway and Trolley services. 13th St. Trolley Station, City Hall Station and various others
- Railway: SEPTA Regional Rail System – various stations
- Nearest freeway: I-70, I-95, i-676
- Nearest airports: Philadelphia International Airport
- Other: All major bus routes served nearby