Philadelphia Facts and Figures

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is one of the East Coast's premier convention venues, combining a central location with enormous capacity.

From the central East Coast location to the one-of-a-kind U.S. history to its status as the sixth-largest city in the nation, Philadelphia delivers so much more than most people expect. Take a look at these Philadelphia facts and figures to learn more.

Philadelphia Facts and Figures: By the Numbers

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  • 1st World Heritage City in the United States
  • 2nd largest city on the East Coast
  • 3rd most populous downtown in the country
  • 4th largest media market in the nation
  • 5th largest city in the country (city population: 1,536,471 and regional population: 6,103,428).
  • 45 million people live within 200 miles
  • GDP within 200 miles is equivalent to 5th largest nation in the world
  • More than 100 Fortune 500 companies within 200 miles
  • 5,963 hotel rooms within a four-minute walk of the Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • 9,105 hotel rooms within a 10-minute walk of the Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • 10,750 hotel rooms within a 15-minute walk of the Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Over 11,500 hotel rooms in Center City
  • Over 16,000 hotel rooms in Philadelphia County
  • Over 35,000 hotel rooms in the region
  • 1,146 retailers in Center City
  • 967 food establishments and 327 outdoor cafes
  • 1,200 daily flights at Philadelphia International Airport
  • 13th most internationally-visited city in the nation
  • 40% of the U.S. population lives within a day’s drive (getting here is easy and affordable for attendees)
  • 1 hour 20 minutes from New York and 1 hour 45 minutes from Washington D.C. on Amtrak’s Acela Express
  • The Pennsylvania Convention Center offers more than 1 million-square feet of sellable space and 528,000-square feet of contiguous exhibit hall space along with cozy lounges and nooks to make you feel at home

Creative Spirit

  • Philadelphia is home to James Beard winning chefs including Michael Solomonov of Zahav (2017 Outstanding Chef) and Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink (2017 Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic) — as well as other James Beard notables such as Stephen Starr of Starr Restaurants (2017 Outstanding Resaurateur) and Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head (2017 Outstanding Beer Professional).  Not to mention Iron Chefs Jose Garces and Morimoto, Top Chef Nick Elmi and more.
  • 85+ movies have been filmed in Philadelphia and more are in-production every day.
  • 3,600—and counting—massive murals grace the walls and communicate the essence of neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.

Freedom, Democracy + America

  • Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia is the 5th most visited monument in America according to Travel + Leisure Magazine.
  • US News ranked Philadelphia as home to the best U.S. historic destinations.
  • Philadelphia was founded on religious freedom and continues to welcome people of all faiths.
  • Philadelphia was the 1st capital of the United States (see where the Declaration of Independence was written and the Constitution was signed all in Independence National Historical Park)

Innovation + Education

  • Named one of the top 10 Hottest American Cities of the Future by Business Insider
  • Named one of the 6 most innovative cities in America by the website 24/7 Wall St., with over 2,000 patents granted
  • Greater Philadelphia ranks as one of the nation’s hubs for higher education with over 100 degree-granting institutions enrolling just under 400,000 full and part-time students in the fall of 2010 according to Select Greater Philadelphia
  • Extensive life sciences community including five medical schools, 22 nursing schools, two dental schools, two colleges of pharmacy, a veterinary school, a school of optometry, a podiatry school, almost 100 hospitals and numerous biomedical and pharmaceutical companies
  • A city of medical firsts including the first hospital in the United States and is the first medical library (Pennsylvania Hospital, 1751); first medical school in the United States (University of Pennsylvania Medical School, 1765); first college of pharmacy in the Unites States (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, now The University of the Sciences, 1821); first hospital in the Western hemisphere devoted to the eye (Wills Eye Hospital, 1832); first women’s medical school in the world (The Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1850); and the first children’s hospital in the United States (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)

Outdoor Life + Sports

  • Named one of the world’s 10 best cities for parks by Frommer’s.
  • Fairmount Park is a 10,000 acre park system made up of 63 individual parks that host 200 historic buildings.
  • Philadelphia has 205 miles of bicycle lanes.
  • Philadelphia is the #1 Most Sports-Crazed City in the U.S. according to Travel + Leisure.
  • Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park covers over 10% of the land in Philadelphia in 63 neighborhoods with over 215 miles of recreational trails.

Vibrant Street Life

  • U.S. News ranked Philadelphia in the top 10 Best Nightlife Scenes in the United States.
  • Philadelphia has the largest navigable pedestrian sign system in North America and is ranked in the top 10 Best Cities for walking by Prevention Magazine.
  • Travel + Leisure readers voted Philadelphia as the No. 2 city for street food and hamburgers.

Accessible + Friendly

  • U.S. News ranked Philadelphia in the top 15 Best Affordable U.S. Destinations.
  • Travel + Leisure Magazine ranked Philadelphia’s Screening Under the Stars on Penn’s Landing as one of America’s best outdoor movie theatres.
  • Philadelphia, a Greek word, literally means City of Brotherly Love.
  • Philadelphia is well-known for its rich LGBT history, and the Gayborhood. LGBT events such as Equality Forum, Pride Day and Out Fest happen annually.

More Philadelphia Facts and Figures at Your Fingertips

Find Information and research on Philadelphia, the tourism industry in Philadelphia, recent news about the city and the impact of the PHLCVB.

  • Research + Resources: Information and research about tourism, the region and the impact of conventions and visitors on the Philadelphia.
  • PHLCVB Annual Report
  • Philadelphia Brag List: Check out this list of accolades – Bests, Firsts, facts about the food scene, hotels, shopping, attractions and more – all reasons to brag about the City of Brotherly Love.

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