Top 25 Cities for Firefighters
Tania Khadder, Anna Hennings, Adam Starr, Alice Handley | FireLink
May 13, 2011
#24. Philadelphia, PA
Average Salary: $44,460
Firefighter Salary: $48,000
Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 59
Average Commute Time: 29.4 minutes
Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 176
Unemployment Rate: 8.0
The “City of Brotherly Love” — and the largest city on our list — has experienced a modest 3.1% uptick in unemployment, but has maintained an unemployment rate much lower than that of comparable cities. Philadelphia firefighters have a long and proud tradition to uphold, making it a great place to connect with the roots of the American brotherhood. A mecca for tourists and American history buffs, Philadelphia also promotes itself as a center for biomedical and pharmaceutical companies. In recent years, education and health sectors have emerged as principal drivers of the local economy, helping the city stay in our top 25.
Bonus fun fact: The lemon meringue pie was invented in Philadelphia.