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Temple Sociology

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Located in the southeastern corner of the state, Philadelphia is close to other major urban centers such as New York City, Baltimore,& Washington, DC. Recreation areas abound on the New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland Shores, as well as in the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania. Compared to other regional metropolitan centers in the east, housing is relatively affordable and plentiful.


For further information about the region, please visit the following sites:

  • Independence Visitor's Center: Located in Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center is the official visitor center of Philadelphia and the region, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.

  • Philadelphia Historical Photographs: a website devoted to the photographic history of the City of Philadelphia from the late 1800s. It includes photos from the 2 million photo records of the city's Department of Records and 4,000 photos from the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, a member-supported, nonprofit library founded in 1814. The photos are searchable by keyword and location.

  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission: a website about the Philadelphia metropolitan region by the region's federally mandated planning agency. It focuses on transportation and "smart growth."

  • Cartographic Modeling Lab: a website about the city of Philadelphia which incorporates many records from the city's administrative databases and information from the U.S. Census. The website allows users to display maps of data which describe a variety of subareas of the city. The site is a joint effort of the University of Pennsylvania's Schools of Social Policy and Practice, Design, and Medicine.

  • Philadelphia Fun Guide: the most comprehensive guide to musical, theatrical, dance, sports, and special events in the region.

  • VISIT Philadelphia: A tour of the Philadelphia "brand" and the great opportunities in the region.

  • UWISHUNU: A blog about the best of Philadelphia.

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philadelphia, pa 19122 | (215) 204-7760 | fax: (215) 204-3352 |