Philly Facts

Medicine & Technology

  • Approximately 10 percent of the workforce is employed in health education and research, and one out of every six doctors in the U.S. has had medical training in Philadelphia.
  • Philadelphia houses more than 120 hospitals and clinics (including 24 teaching hospitals), 60 biomedical research companies, 44 pharmaceutical companies (producing one-fifth of all FDA-produced drugs), and 77 medical, surgical and dental instrument manufacturers.
  • Eighty percent of America’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms are located within a two-hour drive of Philadelphia.
  • The region invests more than $700 million in research and development each year and sees more local patents issued than New York City and San Francisco.

Arts & Culture

  • Philadelphia has been called the “Paris of America.” The city is home to 100 theatre companies, more than 100 museums, and the world’s second-largest collection of impressionist paintings.
  • The Walnut Street Theater is the oldest continually operating theater in the United States. Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, once owned the Walnut Street Theater. Learn More
  • The Barnes Foundation is home to more than 6,000 works, including one of the most important collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings anywhere – with 181 works by Renoir, 69 by Cézanne, 59 by Matisse and 46 by Picasso. Other major European artists include Van Gogh, Degas, Corot, Seurat, Monet, Manet, Goya and El Greco. Learn More
  • Philadelphia-Museum-of-Art’s-Rocky-StatueThe Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collections include more than 127,000 objects, housed at five locations. The main building’s iconic architecture provides a backdrop for many public events, including concerts and parades. What the brochure won’t tell you is that tens of thousands of people visit the museum to take a picture with the statue of Rocky Balboa – the character from the movie Rocky and its sequals Rocky 2, Rocky 3, and Rocky Balboa – and bolt up the steps to pay homage to the famous movie scene. Learn More
  • Philadelphia-City-of-MuralsPhiladelphia has been dubbed the “City of Murals.” Since 1984, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has created over 3,600 murals. The program offers a variety of guided and self-guided tours, including a walk around “Mural Mile” in Center City. Learn More
  • Philadelphia is home to the Mummers Parade, one of the longest running traditions in the country. The parade became an official event for the city in 1900, however it has helped celebrate the New Year since the 1800’s. Learn More


  • Philadelphia is home to eight professional sports teams and hosts the country’s largest collegiate regatta, the famous Penn relays and the nation’s only professional cycling race.

Parks & Recreation

  • Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is the largest city park in the world with over 8,000 acres. Learn More
  • The Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest in America. The zoo was chartered in 1859, but it’s opening was delayed by the Civil War until 1874. Today, the zoo harbors more than 1,300 animals, including many endangered animals which are part of its Rare Animal Conservation Center. Learn More


  • The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia is America’s oldest natural history museum. Its collection includes over 17 million plant and animal species. Among the items cataloged are 200 plant specimens from Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition. Learn More
  • Al Capone was once a prisoner at Eastern State Penitentiary. Learn More
  • Philadelphia-Moshulu-Ship-Penns-LandingThe Moshulu ship has crossed the seas to Europe, South America, Australia, America and Africa, hauling lumber, coal, grain and various other cargo. She has been converted into an award-winning restaurant, residing at Penn’s Landing. Learn More
  • Philadelphia is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the United States of America, and has one of the highest densities of haunted houses. Several “haunted tours” show locations of unsolved murders, famous cemeteries, and historic prisons. Learn More
  • Germantown’s Grumbletorpe, occupied by the british during the revolution still shows the blood where General Agnew died from a snipers bullet, on the living room floor. Learn More