You may have heard people refer to “Far Northeast” versus “Near Northeast Philadelphia”, but what’s the difference? In this guide, we will break it down for you.
Here’s a hint. The terms “Far” and “Near” [Northeast] refer to relative distance from center city / downtown Philadelphia.
Let’s dig deeper into where exactly these regions are located and some of the differences between Far Northeast Philadelphia and Near Northeast Philadelphia.
Far Northeast Philadelphia
The Far Northeast is further away (“far”) from center city (as far Northeast as it gets in the City) and encompasses a range of neighborhoods like:
- Fox Chase
Neighborhoods like Fox Chase and Bustleton are highly desirable and are often named as some of the top affordable neighborhoods to live in Philadelphia and actually the entire United States (source redfin).
Near Northeast Philadelphia
The Near Northeast is closer (“near”) to Center City and includes neighborhoods like:
- Oxford Circle
Difference Between Near Northeast and Far Northeast
Apart from their distance to Center City, there are some other basic differences between these two regions in Philadelphia.
- The Far Northeast generally speaking has a much lower crime rate history but no area can boast a crime-free rate. You can check here for historical crime rate data from the Philadelphia Inquirer
- The Far Northeast is more expensive and generally has larger and newer homes and apartments compared to residences in the Near Northeast part of the city.
- The Far Northeast provides a better quality of life (in our opinion) with easier access to parks, playgrounds, and green open spaces in comparison to suburbs in the Near Northeast of the city.
- The Far Northeast is home to some of the best-ranked private and charter schools in the city.
Where Should You Live – Far Northeast or Near Northeast?
This choice depends on what you want to achieve. Some people choose to live in the Near Northeast to be closer to workplaces and to Center City lifestyle offerings. It also works for them from a budget point of view because they may be able to find cheaper apartments to rent in these neighborhoods.
On the other hand, those looking for a more relaxed lifestyle with the best urban-suburban mix will often prefer to choose Far Northeast neighborhoods for the more open outdoor environment and larger living spaces, all of which lend themselves to a better quality of life.
Ultimately, this decision is dependent on your personal circumstances. Take the time to consider what works best for you and choose your neighborhood accordingly.