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.
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.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center features a 55,408 square foot ballroom — one of the largest on the East Coast
As one of the nation’s hubs for higher education, Philadelphia has over 100 degree-granting institutions
Extensive life sciences community including seven medical schools, 22 nursing schools, two dental schools, three colleges of pharmacy, a veterinary school, a school of optometry, a podiatry school, 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 United 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)
Philadelphia’s startup ecosystem ranks #13 in North America and made the top 30 globally at #28 in Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report for 2021.
80% of all pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the U.S. have offices in Greater Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia region is home to more than 2,000 medical technology companies. For context: According to the U.S. Medical Technology Association AdvaMed, the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware corridor accounts for one of the largest concentrations of medical technology companies in the country, right behind California.
Philadelphia is the original home of cell and gene therapy with more than 30 cell and gene therapy development companies
The region is home to 4 schools of pharmacy and 7 schools of medicine, in which one in every six doctors in the country has trained. (Select Greater Philadelphia)
181 Renoir paintings at the Barnes Foundation, the world’s largest collection
4,000 + murals and public art pieces
Since 1982, 248 major TV shows & films have shot in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia has more public art than any other U.S. city. More than 4,000 massive murals and public art grace the walls and communicate the essence of neighborhoods in Philadelphia. “Mural Capital of the World.”