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Best Neighborhoods in Philadelphia + Where to Live

You're trying to figure out where to live — let's help you figure out the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia for you.

Are you trying to figure out where to move in Philly? You’ve probably heard that some neighborhoods in this historic city are difficult and dangerous while others are very nice. It’s true; there are a variety of cultures and communities here, all with their own different feel. So which are the best Philadelphia neighborhoods, and more importantly, which one would be the best for you to rent in?

Naturally, it’s important to keep in mind which neighborhoods are pre- and post-gentrification as well as whether either environment appeals to you. The government’s odd role in controlling gentrification compounds the issue. The locals’ attitudes on it range a bit and are often negative, which is strange compared to many other cities. You’ll also want to consider the average rent and the amount you’ll want to pay.

Considering all of that, here are some of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia, PA, and their various attributes. Keep in mind what you’re looking for so that you can find the best listing online in the area that’s right for you (and feel free to contact a rental agent for helpful advice, too)!

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Chestnut Hill

The Safe, Calm Neighborhood

Here's the Chestnut Hill neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Feel free to "walk" around!

Washington Square West

The Classy Gayborhood in the Middle of the City

Here's the Washington Square West neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Washington Square West neighborhood.

East Falls

The Top Area for Families

Here's the East Falls neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the East Falls neighborhood.

University City

When You Want to Live Near Your Alma Mater

Here's the University City neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the University City neighborhood.

Fishtown/Northern Liberties

The Revitalized Industrial Areas for Artists

Here's the Fishtown/Northern Liberties neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Fishtown/Northern Liberties neighborhood.

Logan Square/Rittenhouse Square

When You Want to Put on the Ritz

Here's the Logan Square neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Logan Square neighborhood.

Manayunk

“The Place Where We Came To Drink”

Here's the Manayunk neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Manayunk neighborhood.

Point Breeze

When You Want The Best Deal on Rent

Here's the Point Breeze neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Point Breeze neighborhood.

Old City

The Charming, Historical Neighborhood

Here's the Old City neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Old City neighborhood.

Other Neighborhoods

Of course, this short Philadelphia neighborhood guide only scratches the surface of the beautiful options in the area. The top neighborhoods of Philadelphia also include Chinatown, Callowhill, the French Quarter, Market East, and the Museum District, just to name a few. There are also plenty of suitable suburbs that would be great for a family but not require too much of a commute.

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