You might be aware that Philadelphia is the home of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional Convention, and the best cheesesteak on the continent, but there is still so much about this city that makes it one of the greatest in America. If Philadelphia is your choice city for retirement, here is what to expect.
The United States Census Bureau estimated that by July 2014, there were slightly over 1,567,400 people living in Philadelphia today. According to the above statistics, women in Philadelphia are more than the men because they make up 52.7% of the population, and the persons above the age of 65 years make up 12.5% of the population. Whites and the African Americans are the two most dominant races here, with their populations estimated to be 45.3% and 44.1% respectively, with Asians, Native Hawaiians, and mixed races estimated to be 9.8% of the population.
12.5% of the population has moved from other parts of the country and the world to settle here, a community that has contributed to making Philadelphia the seventh largest economy in the United States. Philadelphia's cost of living stands at 2.4% above national average, meaning that life here is not too expensive.
Philadelphia falls in the region that experiences the humid subtropical climate, where the summers are hot and humid, the spring has mild weather, and winters vary concerning the amount of snowfall. The coldest month in Philadelphia is January with an average temperature of 25.5°F while the hottest month is July with an average temperature of 85.5°F. February is the driest month while the wettest month is July.
Philadelphia has a relatively good weather history since only a few natural disasters can happen here. The worst you can expect from the weather is crippling snow, with January 1996 going down in history as receiving 31 inches of snow. The average snowfall here is usually 22.4 inches, with the months that experience the most snowfall being from December to March.
Before the first Europeans came to settle in Philadelphia and its environs, there was a vibrant ecosystem of native plant and animals species, most of which has been replaced by the city. However, there is still so much that nature lovers can experience here in Philadelphia regarding trees, shrubs, perennial plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
The Indigenous trees you will find here include the coniferous trees, maples, the red cedar, and the green ash. The beautiful perennial flowers attract birds, and some of these flowers are the wild columbine, great blue lobelia, and the monarda.
Some endangered mammals in Philadelphia include the Allegheny woodrat, the small-footed and the Indian bats, the flying squirrel, and the water shrew. Bird watching is an exciting activity thanks to the numerous bird species, where you can even watch the endangered species. Chances of coming across dangerous reptiles anywhere other than in the parks are almost zero.
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