Philly: Ranked #1 for Culture

Each year, Travel + Leisure magazine conducts a survey called “America’s Favorites Cities,” and travelers rank 35 of the largest US cities in all types of categories like culture, style, quality of life, nightlife, and shopping.  The results of this survey?  In 2011, Philly ranked #1  … yes #1 …  for culture, beating out NYC by 0.01 of a point.  And there’s more! The magazine recently updated rankings on the rudest cities in the US, and we didn’t even place in the top 10.  At #11, our fair city has shown marked improvement from our #3 rank from last year.

So why the top billing on culture?  Here are just a few facts that support our cultural awesomeness:

  • Our Creative Vitality Index is 50% above the national benchmark.
  • There are 17,610 creative sector jobs in the city.
  • We received a top ranking for historical and cultural sites (by Travel+Leisure).

For more information, check out the Philadelphia Office for the Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy blog or the 2010 Creative Vitality update posted here.

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