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Almost from its founding by William Penn in 1682, Philadelphia has occupied a prominent position in America's history and culture. Much of America's heritage from the Colonial, Revolutionary and Federal periods is preserved in Philadelphia. Just before the American Revolutionary War, Philadelphia had grown to become the largest city and busiest port in the colonies. Philadelphia hosted the first Constitutional Convention and served as the nation's capital until 1800.

Today, Philadelphia is the second largest city on the East Coast and the fifth-largest city in the country. Historic sites include Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Franklin Court, Head House Square and many others.

Beyond its historical significance, Philadelphia offers dozens of museums, theaters, and other cultural attractions. The city is often called a restaurant mecca because of the large variety of cuisines at almost every price range. While Philadelphia offers all the advantages of a large city, it also has a small-town feel because of its varied and diverse neighborhoods that offer a broad variety of affordable housing.

Medical Legacy
Health care is central to the Philadelphia economy with 72 hospitals in the Delaware Valley, 13 nursing schools, two dental schools, six medical schools (which graduate 22 percent of all doctors in the country), and many research institutions. Hospital employees alone make up more than 10 percent of the total workforce.

Culture and Entertainment
The "City of Brotherly Love" is rated among the top livable cities in the country. It ranks high among other cities for its small-town feel, its availability to New York and Washington, D.C. and for its wealth of cultural attractions.

America's first zoo is located in Philadelphia, as well as Fairmount Park, the largest landscaped city park in the world. Other cultural attractions include the Academy of Music, where the world class Philadelphia Orchestra performs; numerous theaters featuring Broadway shows as well as other genres of theater; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the country's third-largest art museum.

In addition to the 15 historical sites within Independence National Historic Park, other historical highlights include: Betsy Ross House; Elfreth's Alley (the oldest residential street in America); Franklin Court; Physick House; Philadelphia Maritime Museum; Atwater Kent Museum; Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; United States Mint; and Fireman's Hall.


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