Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, one of the most historic places in America, is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the fifth most populated city in the United States. Located in the northeastern United States, along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, Philadelphia is the only consolidated city-county in Pennsylvania. According to the 2011 Census, the city had a population of more than 1.5 million. 1 Philadelphia is the economic and cultural center of the Delaware Valley.
The Greater Philadelphia area also is home to some of the nation's oldest and most beautiful botanical gardens and arboretums.
Just minutes from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House, is Bartram’s Garden, America's oldest living botanical garden. Other Philadelphia attractions include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Franklin Square and the Franklin Institute Science Museum—just a few of many area historical sites honoring the life and work of Benjamin Franklin, the city's most famous ambassador.
No matter what you crave—history, outdoor activities, shopping, the arts, sports, music science, gardens, architecture, or dining—you will find countless, diverse options in “the City that Loves You Back.”
Philadelphia County Health Statistics
According to the 2010 Bureau of Census, Greater Philadelphia has a population of 6.23 million people, with 88, 140 employers 2 and a labor force of approximately 3.16 million people.
Philadelphia County ranks last out of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in health factors, according to the County Health Rankings. Health factors in the County Health Rankings are those that influence the health of a county, including health behavior and clinical care, as well as social, economic and physical environment factors.
Philadelphia County’s 25% tobacco-use rate is higher than the 17% national benchmark, and 32% of Philadelphia County residents are categorized as obese. Approximately 30% of individuals in Philadelphia County are physically inactive, which is higher than state average of 26% and the national averages of 24%.
1, 2 U.S. Census Bureau. State and County Quick Facts for Philadelphia Web site. Accessed November 16, 2012.
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- Page last updated: September 18, 2015
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