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Best Neighborhoods in Philadelphia for Families

If you’re thinking about moving to Philadelphia, PA with your family, you don’t need to stick to the suburbs. There are plenty of safe, affordable neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia that have urban appeal and fun things to do! When looking for a family-friendly neighborhood, there are several factors to consider: affordable housing, low crime rates, good schools, and available green space. We’ve compiled a list of six Philly neighborhoods that are ideal for families who want to raise a children in the City of Brotherly Love!

Bella Vista

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Home Price: $986 median monthly rent; $250,145 median purchase
Crime Rate: 21% lower than national average

Italian for “beautiful view,” Bella Vista is a vibrant Italian neighborhood not far from the heart of Philadelphia. As Philly’s own Little Italy, there are plenty of delicious restaurants and unique shops around this neighborhood. Enjoy a family outing at the 100-year-old outdoor Italian Market, the oldest open-air market in the country. Take in a bocce ball competition at Bardascino Park, or check out the sculptures at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Bella Vista falls within the Philadelphia School District with a number of excellent schools to choose from, including Christopher Columbus Charter School.


Home Price: $743 median monthly rent; $238,158 median purchase
Crime Rate: 6% lower than national average

Bustleton is a quiet middle-class neighborhood on the edge of Philadelphia, making it a great spot for families who want to be close but not too close. It’s also ideal for families that plan to rent rather than buy, as median rent prices are 19% lower than the national average. As far as other amenities, Bustleton is close to parks like Pennypack Park and Montgomery Lorimer Park, which offer activities for parents and kids alike! Education is a big focus in Bustleton, too. Schools are in the Philadelphia School District, where test scores are 18% above the national average.

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Chestnut Hill

Home Price: $1,282 median monthly rent; $412,617 median purchase
Crime Rate: 42% lower than national average

With an incredible number of shops, museums, and galleries, there’s no shortage of after school or weekend activities in Chestnut Hill! Check out the newest branch of Nest, an activity and childhood enrichment center focused on family enjoyment. Or tour Morris Arboretum and go birding. Chestnut Hill is also close to a number of private and public schools, including the public Central High School and private Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. With median house prices at $412,617, it’s one of the more expensive places to live in Philadelphia, but a home here would be a great long-term investment!

Fitler Square/Rittenhouse Square (City Center West)

Home Price: $1,359 median monthly rent; $391,600 median purchase
Crime Rate: 42% lower than national average

When architect William Penn designed Philadelphia, he created a series of small parks (or squares) to give residents a respite from the bustle of the city. Fitler Square and Rittenhouse Square are great examples of this aesthetic. For families looking for a big city feel, City Center West is your perfect neighborhood. An abundance of small shops, high-end boutiques, and restaurants keep this neighborhood lively and exciting. Housing prices in the area are reasonable, and the crime rate is low, making it an ideal spot for families.

Fox Chase

Home Price: $644 median monthly rent; $212,867 median purchase
Crime Rate: 15% higher than national average

Located 30 minutes northeast of Philadelphia with lots of green space, Fox Chase is described as a “borrow a cup of sugar type of place,” so it’s perfect for families who want a breath of fresh air from the city and a great sense of community. The area also offers unique thing to do with the family. Head out for an educational afternoon at Friends of Fox Chase Farm, or check out the Rosenbach Museum & Library on a rainy day. Fox Chase Elementary School is located right in the heart of this neighborhood with Northeast High School five minutes away in nearby Rhawnhurst.


Home Price: $1,041 median monthly rent; $232,491 median purchase
Crime Rate: 26% lower than national average

Getting around Philadelphia is easy when you live in Roxborough. There are plenty of bus routes, and the SEPTA Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail offers quick service to Center City and Philadelphia. With several parks, including the well-known Gorgas Park, your family can enjoy outdoor activities year-round. Within the Philadelphia School District, you have Roxborough High School and the highly-rated Dobson James Elementary School. Clean, green, and friendly, Roxborough is a great place to call home!


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Data found from AreaVibes, Street Advisor, Trulia, Yelp, Zillow, and VisitPhilly.com.

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