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Philadelphia Facts

As one of the country's first major cities, Philadelphia has long been a city of innovation. Quite a few national firsts happened here, and more great people and things keep coming from — and coming home to — Philadelphia.

Nicknames: Philly; City of Brotherly Love

Population: 1.57 million – the 5th most populous city in the U.S.

Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania: an hour from the Atlantic coast (Jersey Shore), two hours from New York City and Baltimore, and three hours from Washington, D.C.

Famous Foods: Cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, water ice, hoagies, Peanut Chews, and TastyKakes

Among the Best Cities for (as ranked by Travel and Leisure): Passionate sports fans, theater and performance art, foodies, free attractions, 4th of July celebrations, and more

Home to the First (in the U.S.): University, hospital, library, U.S. Mint, zoo, American flag, completely air-conditioned building, World’s Fair, toilet paper on rolls, Thanksgiving Day parade, Girl Scout Cookies, cheesesteak, use of the word "yo," and is proud to be the nation's first and only World Heritage City

Most: Murals in the world (over 3,600)

A Few Famous Philadelphians: Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Kevin Bacon, Frank Furness, Wilt Chamberlain, Bradley Cooper, Jill Scott, Tina Fey, Richard Gere, M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith, Boyz II Men, Chubby Checker, Hall & Oates, Patti LaBelle, The Roots, Kobe Bryant, Malik Rose

Filmed in Philadelphia (even if they pretended it was another city): Rocky (etc.), Mannequin (1987), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Independence Day (1996), The Sixth Sense (1999) and most of M. Night Shyamalan's movies, The Italian Job (2003), National Treasure (2004), Invincible (2006), Annapolis (2006), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), The Lovely Bones (2009), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), How Do You Know (2010), Limitless (2011), The Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Safe (2012), and of course, Philadelphia (1993) and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005+), plus many more