Philadelphia may be heavily associated with America's past, but it's also very much a vibrant city of residents proud to call it home. It's also a great place for people who love to clock time outside, whether it's biking on the Schuylkill River Trail, chilling in Fairmount Park, or strolling by some of the city's 2,000 outdoor murals overseen by Mural Arts Philadelphia.
"I think Philadelphia is kind of like a hidden gem," says Taylor Burke, director of marketing and communications of Leadnomics, a digital marketing and lead generation company. "It's very affordable, which I think is appealing to anyone, especially freelancers who maybe don't always have a consistent income."
Burke says the city's location makes it ideal for freelancers who want to be based in an affordable location and need to work with clients up and down the East Coast.
"It's like an hour on the train to New York, two hours on the train to DC, so it's easy to network and connect with other companies and with different people," says Burke.
One factor driving the growth in the Philadelphia tech scene is the increase in younger adults who are choosing to settle down here. According to an article in Biz Philly, 27 percent of the city's population now consists of millennials, which may be one reason CNN Money named Philly one of the top 10 innovation-centric urban areas in the nation.
"The city is excited to invest in its own future," says Burke. "I think it makes young people who might be working in tech excited to invest in the future of the city too, and set down roots in Philly."
In addition to numerous co-working spaces like Industrious and Pipeline, Philadelphia also has several conferences geared toward techies, such as Philadelphia Tech Summit, Philly Tech Week, and The Women in Tech Summit.
"It’s a very small community, which makes it really connected. And everyone does support one another," says Burke. "Everyone wants to build the community up together, and it's not like a competitive environment. It's like friendly competition – how can we all work with each other for our success."