Philadelphia Facts

As one of the country's first major cities, Philadelphia has long been a city of innovation (it's no wonder so many things are named after Ben Franklin). A lot of 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: 1.52 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.

Food: Cheesesteaks (and Cheez Whiz), soft pretzels, water ice, hoagies, Peanut Chews, and TastyKakes

Among the Best Cities for (as ranked by Travel and Leisure): Music, foodies, outdoor movie theaters, pizza, coffeehouses, hipsters, beer, and sports fans

Home to the First (in the U.S.): University, hospital, library, U.S. Mint, zoo, American flag, totally air-conditioned building, World’s Fair, toilet paper on rolls, Thanksgiving Day parade, Girl Scout Cookies, cheesesteak, use of the word "yo" (as in, "Yo, Tommy, do you want your cheesesteak wit or wit-out?")

Most: Murals in the world (over 3,000)

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