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5. Philadelphia

Philadelphia is famous for founding fathers, and it’s no different when it comes to healthcare. Is it any surprise the largest employer is named for Thomas Jefferson? In that same vein, in 1830, John K. Smith opened his first pharmacy in Philadelphia. Now, 178 years later, that’s become GlaxoSmithKline, the second largest pharma giant (after Pfizer) in the world.

In the Poconos mountains north of Philadelphia, you’ll find vaccine heavyweight Sanofi Pasteur, the largest maker of vaccines in the world, manufacturing the CDC’s top secret H1N51 vaccine, the first human vaccine against bird flu.

The tradition of world-class medicine at UPenn, rated a Best Hospital, continues. In April, a husband and wife research team announced the stunning news that they had found a gene therapy for a condition that causes blindness -and proven it by restoring partial sight to three people.

Philaldelphia seems to be the sort of place that often makes history.

Biggest Employers

1. Jefferson Health System
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2. Christiana Health Care System
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3. Crozer-Keystone Health System
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4. Tenet Health Systems
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5. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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Fastest Growing Careers

1. Home Health Aide

2. Dental Hygienist

3. Medical Assistant

Earnings and Employment

Healthcare Practitioners
Number Employed: 121,160
Mean Annual Wage: $64,530

Healthcare Support
Number Employed: 53,530
Mean Annual Wage: $26,300


Median Family Income: $40,974
Sales Tax: 7.00%
Job Growth: -1.01%
Median Home Price: $162,171

Number of Colleges, Universities within 30 Miles: 48
Number of Junior Colleges, Technical Institutes within 30 Miles: 15

Move Theaters: 80
Restaurants: 9,815
Bars: 1,161
Libraries: 257
Museums: 23
Avg. Amount Spent on Vacations per Year: $5,959

Neighborhood Demographics
Median Age: 34.4
Completed at Least Some College: 41.0%
Married: 32.7%
Divorced: 8.6%

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