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Philly ranks as the ninth most exciting city in the world

Josh Middleton

Time Out spent the last three months polling readers around the world to find out what they love about their city. After plowing through 15,000 answers, pollsters were able to rank all 32 cities in the survey according to user feedback on topics like food, drink, culture, local neighborhoods, friendliness, affordability, happiness, and whether people were proud to live in their city.

It should come as no surprise that Philadelphians, being the proud bunch we are, secured the City of Brotherly Love a lofty ninth place spot on the list of most exciting cities in the world, and third in the United States—just behind Chicago (No. 1) and New York (No. 2).

Besides that general ranking, the poll reveals all kinds of cool things about the way Philadelphians see Philly. Perhaps most notably, it ranked No. 1 on the list of most affordable cities in the world, while still ranking high as one of the most enjoyable to live in. On the flip side, though, Philadelphians overwhelmingly said they would live somewhere else if money were no object.

Here are some other interesting tidbits we found:

Food and drink

  • Philadelphians thumbs-up our restaurant scene. Seventy-four percent of users said they had eaten out in the past week, while 98 percent said they were happy with the city’s food options—so much so that we’re willing to wait for it. Only 6 percent of folks said they had never waited for a table at a local restaurant.
  • Think we’re a beer town? Think again: 36% of us prefer wine.

Nightlife and entertainment

  • We go hard: 84 percent of us have gone out on a weeknight this past week, and 45 percent of users said they had recently been hungover.
  • But not too hard: By percentage, we have the least amount of drug users in the country.
  • Our entertainment options are (nearly) limitless: Weighing culture, live music and nightlife, 97 percent of Philadelphians say that there’s usually a reason to get of their apartments.
  • We’re cheap: Readers say a typical night out in Philly is almost $50 cheaper than it is in Miami.

Sex and relationships

  • Is the whole City of Brotherly Love thing accurate? Yes. Sixty-five percent of survey takers say it’s easy to make friends here. We also have the least number of people who have rudely “ghosted” someone.
  • However if sex is what you are going for, a full 22 percent think that it’s easier to get busy than find love in town.
  • But we are certainly trying: 51 percent of readers are on a dating app.
  • We’re honest: When asked, “What would you do if you found a wallet with cash in it?,” only 21 percent of Philadelphians say they would return the wallet but keep the cash.
  • Maybe that has something to do with our family values. Ninety-two percent of us have spoken to a family member this week.

General city feedback

Below is the complete overall ranking of cities, with U.S. cities in bold. For more interesting stats about your peers and other party cities click here.

  1. Chicago
  2. Porto
  3. New York
  4. Melbourne
  5. London
  6. Madrid
  7. Manchester
  8. Lisbon
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Barcelona
  11. Edinburgh
  12. Tel Aviv
  13. Austin
  14. Paris
  15. Mexico City
  16. Shanghai
  17. San Francisco
  18. Berlin
  19. Tokyo
  20. Los Angeles
  21. Zürich
  22. Beijing
  23. Washington, D.C.
  24. Bangkok
  25. Moscow
  26. Hong Kong
  27. Miami
  28. Sydney
  29. Geneva
  30. Boston
  31. Singapore
  32. Istanbul

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