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Pros and cons of living in Philly, cost of living, crime rates, job market, housing and rental costs, need information for possible relocation

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Old 12-18-2007, 08:40 PM
Location: Villanova Pa.
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You are in the right city for healthcare. Univ. of Pennsylvania Health care System is enormous.Along with Thomas Jefferson Hospital and Hahnemann Hosital all in Center City makes for plenty of health care jobs. The problem is $700-$900 doesnt go very far in Center City rent. Studios and 1 bedroom apts can be found in center city in that rent range but your accomodations will be very modest.

Crime happens in center city but its fairly infrequent and not an epidemic. It will be a drastic change from Raleigh though, this is a big city with all the good and bad traits associated with big cities.

Homeless/multi millionaires walk side by side or perhaps more precisely the millionaires usually have to step over the homeless.

Picture perfect spring + summer days where thousands and thousands of people are enjoying the cityscape are eventually replaced with winters 25 degree overcast windswept grey where seemingly you wont see a soul all day.

World class museums and architecture on one street, dilapidated crumbling buildings the next block over. This city has a dual personality in just about all phases imaginable.

Good luck
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:15 AM
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Yes, there are lots of retired Yankees who moved here in the past and still moving here (this area sees about 40,000 people, mostly retirees, moving here every year). And please people don't take me wrong...I do think all these towns like Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Raleigh etc are all quiet and charming, which is why I think they are a retirement haven for many. But for people who love big cities and who must work, this is not the area I'd recommend, unless of course one is desperate to get out of a city and wants somewhere to go for a while. What attracted me here personally is the cheap rent, I was not mature enough (7 years ago) to do my research in the other aspects of life here, like the job market, ethnic diversity, etc, etc.
I was under the impression that there were a lot of younger techies that went down there for the opportunities at the Research Triangle Park. But since you've been there for 7 years and I've yet to even pass through, I'm sure you know much better than me.

I think you'll find that Philly has more of that "big city feel" that you're looking for. Of course, as your title suggests, you'll have to take the "good" with the "bad".
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