An Overview of Philadelphia
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Philadelphia County. It is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States. Philadelphia is also the commercial, cultural, and educational center of the Delaware Valley, home to 6 million people and the country’s fifth-largest metropolitan area.
Philadelphia was founded on October 27, 1682 by William Penn, who planned a city along the Delaware River to serve as a port and place for government. The city grew rapidly, and by the 1750s, Philadelphia was the largest city and busiest port in the original 13 American colonies. During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the nation’s Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Philadelphia served as one of the nation’s many capitals during the Revolutionary War, and the city served as the temporary national capital from 1790 to 1800 while Washington, D.C. was under construction.
Philadelphia is known for its arts and culture. The cheesesteak and soft pretzel are emblematic of Philadelphia cuisine, which is heavily influenced by the city’s immigrant population. The city has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city.
Philadelphia’s economic sectors include manufacturing, oil refining, food processing, health care and biotechnology, tourism and financial services. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Philadelphia area had a total gross metropolitan product of $347 billion in 2010, the seventh-largest metropolitan economy in the United States.
Philadelphia has the second largest Irish, Italian, and Jamaican-American populations in the U.S. The city is also home to the fourth largest African-American population in the nation, which created the first black denomination, the African Methodist Episcopal Church before 1800. Philadelphia has the fourth largest population of Polish American residents. Philadelphia’s Jewish population, the sixth largest in the nation, was estimated at 206,000 in 2001. In recent years, the Hispanic and Asian populations have significantly increased. Philadelphia is home to the second largest Puerto Rican population in the United States (source).
Religion in Philadelphia
Christianity is the dominant religion in the city of Philadelphia. The largest denomination is Roman Catholic. Philadelphia’s Jewish population, the sixth largest in the nation, was estimated at 206,000 in 2001 and almost 300,000 in 2009. There is also a significant Eastern Orthodox population as well as a strong Lutheran community. In fact, the greater Philadelphia area is home to one of the largest Lutheran communities in America (the largest on the East Coast).
Many new religions have arrived, including Islam and Hinduism. With immigration from the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, these two religions have increased their presence. The largest concentrations of Muslims and Hindus live in the Northeast and North parts of the city, Center City, West Philadelphia, and sprawling into the nearby suburbs. The Muslim African American community in Philadelphia has also grown substantially over the last decade (source).
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