When you pay a visit to Philly, after you’ve spent some time, oh, just about anywhere else in the state, it’s immediately clear that something is different here. It’s more vibrant, more exciting, more buzzing! There are things to do, people to meet, and the bottom line is, in Philly, those people are younger—about seven years younger than in the rest of the state. These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Young Professionals
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But in a city where the median age is already pretty low, what is the best part of that city for young people? Don’t worry your pretty young head about it, because today we have the answers. These are Philly’s 10 best neighborhoods for young professionals: 1. Fishtown
2. Kensington
3. Manayunk
4. East Falls
5. Brewerytown (tie)
5. Chestnut Hill (tie)
7. Roxborough
8. Point Breeze
9. Fairmount-Spring Garden
10. Fox Chase
We researched each of Philadelphia’s largest neighborhoods in terms of the following criteria:
  • Median age (lower is better)
  • Percent unemployed (lower is better)
  • Percentage of non-family households (higher is better)
  • Median household income (higher is better)
  • Median gross rent (less is better)
  • WalkScore (higher is better)
  • Cost of living (lower is better)
  • Total crimes per 100,000 people (lower is better)
  • Trendy amenities per capita (restaurants, coffee shops, nightlife, and music venues)
Then, after a whole lot of analysis and a little calculation, we came up with this list. We’ll get more into our methodology at the end, though. For now, let’s take a look at our 10 winning neighborhoods.

1. Fishtown

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Young Professionals
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This thriving artistic community is packed with restaurants, bars, live music, galleries, and of course, more coffee shops per capita than one hyped-up 22-year-old could hope for. The cost of living is right about in the middle here, but that’s okay, because so is the median income. What we mean is, you won’t have to give up your car and starting walking everywhere for lack of funds—though you’ll probably want to anyway. This is definitely a walking neighborhood.

2. Kensington

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Young Professionals
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Okay, we know right off the bat that some of you are raising your eyebrows at this one—after all, Kensington has made the news in recent years for… less than favorable reasons. But remember, we’re going by the numbers here, and you can’t argue with numbers. It’s science. When it comes to amenities, Kensington is king. It has more restaurants per capita than any other place we looked at, from Italian at Eatalia to the insanely good french toast at Hinge Cafe. It also has some of the most coffee shops and bars per capita!

3. Manayunk

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Young Professionals
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It’s hard to know where to begin with Manayunk—it has so much! There’s the Manayunk Arts Festival, StrEAT Festival, where your tastebuds will just freak out, Restaurant Week… And this place isn’t just exciting during festivals. There’s pretty much something going on here every night of the week. After all, it does have the most bars and music venues per capita in the city. Plus, and we think this is the best part, Manayunk is filled with, not just some of the youngest people in the city, but the most employed young people in the city! So if you’re out at, say, The Grape Room listening to some music and you meet someone you like—good news! He probably has a job.

4. East Falls

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Young Professionals
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This little neighborhood may not be quite as affordable as some of the others in our top 10 (its cost of living is higher, plus the rent prices are a median of over $1,100!). But these residents are definitely getting what they pay for. Speaking of the residents, for the most part, the people who live in East Falls are young, successful, and don’t have kids. So what do they do with all that free time? How about hitting up one of the many coffee shops per capita and just hanging out with friends? If you’re more into fitness, you don’t need to look any further than the river path, where you can run, bike, or just skip along merrily to your heart’s content.

5. Brewerytown

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Young Professionals
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If you’re the fresh-out-of-college breed of Young Person, Brewerytown is for you. No, not just because it is called Brewerytown, but because it is A) inexpensive, B) packed with restaurants and bars, and C) the median age here is 26. Like a lot of places, it’s had its highs and lows, but with new businesses popping up here and there, like Marathon Grill’s Urban Farm, Shifty’s Taco, Brewerytown Bikes, Crime and Punishment Brewery, and more, Brewerytown is on the up and up. And did we mention that it’s cheap?

5. Chestnut Hill

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Young Professionals
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If you’re a young professional and you live in Chestnut Hill, let’s just say you’re doing pretty well for yourself. Residents here are the best paid, the most employed, and in fact, the safest from crime in the city. Unfortunately, the median age isn’t quite as low as in other places in our top 10, and more homes are filled with families than not, but there is one big reason you’ll still love this place if you’re young, and that reason is “amenities.” In Chestnut Hill, more restaurants and coffee shops line the street than nearly anywhere else in the city (per capita). There are also tons of nightlife options, places like Tavern on the Hill or Paris Bistro and Jazz Cafe, which, yes, is just as cool as it sounds.

7. Roxborough

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Young Professionals
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Sure, we may have recently ranked Roxborough as one of the best areas in the city to raise a family, but young professionals will feel at home here as well. After all, what’s more homey to a bunch of 20-30-somethings than a variety of bars, music venues, and restaurants? Besides, there are actually some good things about it being more family-friendly, namely, the low crime rate and nearly unbeatable unemployment rate. These things, plus more taverns and pubs than some places in London—well that’s what makes it an ideal place for young people.

8. Point Breeze

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Young Professionals
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With this neighborhood, let’s look at the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good: Point Breeze is walkable. It’s affordable. And there are plenty of places like Breezy’s Cafe and American Sardine Bar (don’t let the name fool you—it’s good) dotting the neighborhood, along with bars and coffee shops. The bad: it’s not exactly the safest of neighborhoods, so while you’re walking from one bar to the next, you might have to be just a little bit more vigilant than in, say, Chestnut Hill. The ugly: Despite the relatively higher crime rate in this more urban setting, because of its awesome walkability, things to do, and let’s be honest, probably the pizza at Rosario’s Pizzeria, the rent prices aren’t quite as low here as you might hope.

9. Fairmount-Spring Garden

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Young Professionals
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Okay, art-lovers, pay attention, because this might just be the neighborhood for you. While Fairmount-Spring Garden is a slightly sleepier neighborhood than some of the others we’ve discussed, it’s just a stone’s throw away from one very awake area: Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Boulevard. This is the street where you’ll find the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Rodin and Barnes Foundation, plus tons of restaurants and shops. The whole area is walkable, it’s safe, and perhaps best of all, residents here generally make about 70 percent more than the average Philadelphian. (A good thing, too, because FYI, it’s expensive!)