While Philadelphia doesn’t have a niche in the job market yet, a lot of students coming in for college stay on. This is because Philadelphia has all the benefits of a big metropolitan city, with less of the frantic rush to get things done. Each of its neighborhoods has a distinctive vibe, and small businesses make their mark here. To top it off, while the rent is not uniformly affordable, it is much lower compared to most of the major cities. Daily costs of living are very reasonable too, and the quality of life remains high! It’s not called the “cultural capital” for nothing. On a day off work, you could take a stroll down the downtown Chinatown area, pass through one of its many historical sites, buy a ticket for a show at the Ritz or hit the Avenue of the Arts. The food is affordable and just as vibrant, with its signature Philly cheesesteak, Asian restaurants and bakeries, fresh ingredients from the Italian market, soft pretzel stands, snack cakes and water ice. The good food comes with great deals, and there’s always a happy hour going on. Everyone lives closeby and it is extremely walkable. Despite having a population of over 1.5 million, Philadelphia still feels small and compact, and it’s ripe with opportunities for networking.