An expanded Center City Philadelphia has grown so much that it now ranks second only to Midtown Manhattan when it comes to people who live in the heart of the city.
That’s according to the Center City District, which released its annual report Monday – and which is defining the area as extending from Girard Avenue to Tasker Street.
Over the past 15 years, population grew 16 percent in the district that is also bounded by the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, bringing the population to 183,240, according to latest State of Center City report.
Brisk redevelopment also continued last year in that area, the CCD reported, with 1,983 new residential units completed by developers in that area.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Philadelphia County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Way back in the 1990s, I started going to the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
Every March, I’d go back to find not only that the festival had gotten bigger and bigger – too big, it became clear this year, when four people were killed by a runaway drunken driver – but also that the city was mushrooming along with it.
In Austin, the livability factor is high – warm temperatures, live music, BBQ – and the stream of transplants so steady it doesn’t take long for new residents to start moaning about how everything was better before people who arrived after them came to town.
Which brings me to the latest indicator that everybody has figured out Philadelphia is a cool place to live. It’s the modeled-after-SXSW Forbes Under 30 Summit, the money magazine’s inaugural gathering of boldface billionaires and tech titans (and upstart entrepreneurs who wish to emulate them) that will take place in its planned-to-be permanent home from today until Wednesday.
Map of Pennsylvania, showing major cities and roads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Allegheny County residents smarting from the sting of new property assessments may not agree, but Pennsylvania was just picked as one of the 10 most tax-friendly states for retirees.
The rankings by Kiplinger magazinecompared a variety of taxes including sales, income, retirement and inheritance taxes.
Local taxes were not a factor.
Pennsylvania ranked high overall primarily because the state largely avoids dipping into retirees’ nest eggs by not taxing Social Security benefits, public and private pensions, or distributions from IRAs and 401(k)s, said Rachel Sheedy, retirement editor for the personal finance publication.
The state’s high ranking from Kiplinger follows several other recent surveys that have pointed to the Pittsburgh region in particular as one of the most livable places for retirees.
Forbes.com has come up with a list of the best places in the United States to buy a home. The list is based on home affordability, unemployment, foreclosure rates and year-to-year housing price trends.
Two Pennsylvania metropolitan areas made the list. Pittsburgh PA (2,356,285 – 2010 census) was ranked number 2 and Lancaster PA (519,445 – 2010 census) was number 8.
Earlier this year Zillow.com ranked Pittsburgh as number 4 and Lancaster as number 7 on their list.
The median sale price for a home in Pittsburgh is $103,000 and Lancaster is $154,900.
Both Pittsburgh and Lancaster have a comparably low unemployment rate and cost of living.
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