PHL Brag List: Rankings

Philadelphia is ranked as one of the great cities for the arts — and so much more.


Philadelphia has a lot to be proud of. Here’s a sampling.

  • Best Place in the United States to Visit according to Lonely Planet.
  • Seventh most beautiful skyline in the United States, according to Thrillist.com.
  • Ninth best city for public transportation in the United States, according to SmartAsset.com.


Or click to see more: Complete Philadelphia Brag List


  • The No. 1 city in the United States for live music, according to Vivid Seats, a website for buying and selling musical event tickets. Read more.
  • The 10th best place to live in the United States, and 57th best in the world, according to the 18th Mercer Quality of Life survey.
  • ABC Travel Guides for Kids ranked Philadelphia the No. 1 Family Travel Destination for 2016.
  • Philadelphia was ranked one of the top eight trail cities in the United States by Trail Runner magazine (December 2015).
  • Philadelphia was ranked No. 3 on the list of 52 Places to Go in 2015 and No. 1 in the United States by the New York Times.
  • Philadelphia International Airport was ranked No. 6 for being one of the most affordable in the country in 2015.
  • Philadelphia was named fourth Most Walkable City in the Nation by Redfin’s Walk Score in 2015.
  • Philadelphia is ranked No. 2 by the Huffington Post in 2015 for being recognized as one of the Best Art Cities in the country.
  • The Phillie Phanatic was No. 1 on bleacherreport.com’s list of the Top 25 Pro Mascot Power Rankings of 2015.
  • Philadelphia band The Districts was named one of the “15 Musical Artists to Watch in 2015” by Time Magazine.
  • Center City Philadelphia has the second-most-inhabited downtown in the nation. (Center City District, 2015).
  • Forbes Magazine ranked downtown Philadelphia as one of the top places for singles (2015) and a top place for young professionals (2014).
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was listed as No. 1 on U.S. News and World Report’s 2014-2015 Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.
  • Philadelphia was listed in the Top 20 Energy-Efficient Saving Cities in the United States by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (2014).
  • According to bleacherreport.com, Philadelphia is the 3rd best city to be a sports fan in the nation (2014).
  • USA Today ranks Philadelphia No. 5 on their list of Best Chinatowns in America (2014).
  • The Street Magazine named Philadelphia as the 6th most bikeable city in the country (2014).
  • Fodor’s Travel named Philadelphia one of the nation’s 10 Best Bike Vacations (2014).
  • Philadelphia is the 4th largest media market (2014).
  • The city was No. 4 in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 US Travel Destinations for 2013.
  • Philadelphia holds the title of top historic destination in America according to U.S. News Travel (2012).
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ranked Lincoln Financial Field No. 1 in its 2012 list of the “Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums.”
  • In 2012, the Brand Keys Sports Loyalty Index ranked the Philadelphia Phillies fans the most loyal of all teams in professional baseball.
  • In January 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the Philadelphia region was No. 8 nationwide when it comes to the percentage of the work force that uses public transportation.
  • In 2010 and 2012, Frommer’s named Philadelphia one of “The World’s 10 Best Cities for Parks.”
  • SEPTA named best largest transit system in North America in 2012 (Philly.com).
  • Philadelphia was No. 8 in Ten Cities With the Fastest Growing Wages in America in 2012 by BusinessInsider.com.
  • Independence National Historic Park is one of USA’s Best Free Attractions in 2012 according to USA Today.
  • Philadelphia is ranked as one of The 15 Hottest American Cities of The Future in 2012 by Business Insider.
  • The city was No. 2 in Travel and Leisure’s America’s Best Burger Cities of 2012.
  • Philadelphia was ranked one of the Best Brunch Cities in the nation by Food and Wine in May 2012.
  • The city was one of the Ten Best Cities for Shopping by Shine from Yahoo in May 2012.
  • Philadelphia is one of the 10 most social-media-savvy City Halls in America in March 2012 by PRDaily.
  • The city was ranked 7th Best Place to Relocate or Expand in March 2012 by Philadelphia Business Journal.
  • Philadelphia was ranked No. 10 for Social Enterprise by Give2GetJobs in March 2012.
  • Greater Philadelphia is the second-largest medical research and education center in the U.S. (Milken Institute in 2009).

RELATED LINKS

Register & Save

Register with DiscoverPHL.com for free to save your favorites for future visits

View My List

See what you've added to "Favorites"