We’re heading to a big city in Pennsylvania known for its cream cheese, shaved steak, and city vibe. Philadelphia, PA is well known for its historical feel with attractions such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, or if you’re more of a movie buff, the Philadelphia Museum of Art where Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” was filmed.

Population: 1.56 million (It’s a big one!)

Average Age: 34 years

Transportation: If you choose an alternative to driving around in Philly, you’ll have many rail and bus options. The SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) provides subway rail cars, trolleys, and bus services to five counties. Walking and biking are also options if you’d like to take off-the-beaten- path routes, or want to reduce your carbon footprint.

Average Cost of Living: Between $800-1,300 monthly in the heart of the city

Fun Fact: Philly is widely believed to have one of the largest public art collections in the country. Philadelphia’s nicknames include Philly, The City of Brotherly Love, The Birthplace of America, The City that Loves You Back, The City of Neighborhoods, The Quaker City, and The Cradle of Liberty.

Education: Philly is full of big-name universities as well as smaller scale art schools. Temple University is located in the heart of Philadelphia as is its School of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts.

Live Entertainment: Philly is rich in the arts with theatres like Walnut Street Theatre—the oldest in the U.S., Merriam Theatre, and the Academy of Music. The Philadelphia Zoo, said to be the first true zoo in the U.S., offers an outdoor entertainment experience. Live music, and themed restaurants such as World Cafe Live, Union Transfer, and Howl at the Moon Philadelphia, equipped with a lively bar and dueling piano shows, make night life in Philly an enticing experience.

USITT: The Chesapeake Regional Section of USITT includes the Philadelphia area, so you will never be far from a fellow USITT member. Regional sections hold local events throughout the year.