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Old 05-23-2013, 10:15 PM
 
Location: NYC Metro
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Philly is known for having a lot of crime, so maybe that's why? I'm not really sure about that one.
well its not that bad, there are places with worse crime like detroit, atl, st louis, cleveland, miami, memphis, baltimore
even dc recently had higher crime rate, i don kno bout now tho
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:00 AM
 
Location: NC/IL/MI
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I think It has more to do with demand for housing than weather and crime (but those have an effect as well)
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Hollywood Hills
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Because of the horrible weather they have.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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It's largely supply and demand. The demand to live in places like Manhattan or San Francisco is high and the supply of available housing does not match the demand so the available housing is expensive.

Also wages are typically lower in Philly than in New York so the cost of living reflects that.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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well its not that bad, there are places with worse crime like detroit, atl, st louis, cleveland, miami, memphis, baltimore
even dc recently had higher crime rate, i don kno bout now tho
I agree with you there.

Also, wages could have something to do with this. I know DC and New York City have a high cost of living, but there's jobs and good wages. Not sure about Chicago or Philly, maybe someone can post the info on that.
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I think the real question is why are some cities so overpriced? DC and Boston come to mind.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:06 AM
 
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Philly was long overlooked as major city in the Northeast, probably due in part to the US Department of Transportation and how most traffic to/from points north bypasses the city. It was literally out of the consciousness of many as a result. While affordable in comparison to NYC for example it's no longer the great bargain it was 10-15 years ago. It's also the most heavily wage-taxed city which is something to consider if planning to live there.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Philly was long overlooked as major city in the Northeast, probably due in part to the US Department of Transportation and how most traffic to/from points north bypasses the city. It was literally out of the consciousness of many as a result. While affordable in comparison to NYC for example it's no longer the great bargain it was 10-15 years ago. It's also the most heavily wage-taxed city which is something to consider if planning to live there.
This is very true. I-95 thru NJ completely bypasses Philadelphia and there is very little signage signifying that it is just a few Miles off the Turnpike. Someone travelling from NYC to DC wouldn't even know it was there. The city-wage tax is terrible but the property taxes are possibly the lowest of any major city (currently undergoing a readjustment though).
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:40 AM
 
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People are talking about the weather in Philly and how it's bad.... NEWSFLASH: It aint any worse that NYC-- and certainly isn't worse than Chicago.

Chicago has BRUTAL winters. Philly, not so much. Yes Philly has their cold and some snow, but it's really nothing when compared to Chicago's frigid temps and lake affect snow.

DC, Philly and even NYC all have pretty much the same climate, with DC bing the warmest of the 3, being that it's the furthest south, but still-- generally the same weather up and down that DC through NYC corridor.... I feel as if Boston is very much cooler and colder than Philly.

Anyway, Philly is expensive in certain neighborhoods, however I imagine it remains somewhat affordable due to the fact that Philly is not a hot place to move to like NYC....like DC....like LA and San Fran-- those cities are traditionally expensive andlots of ppl are clamoring to move there. Philly isn't that. Neither is Chicago
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:48 AM
 
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I think there are almost 10 million (and growing) people in the Chicago metro area so the weather is not the issue. I agree about the huge supply of cheap land. You can buy a 5 bed 4 ba house on a half acre of land in Oswego for like $200,000. It was farmland yesterday though.
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