Rittenhouse Square

A posh oasis in the midst of a gritty, hard-working city.

Overview for Rittenhouse Square, PA

18,658 people live in Rittenhouse Square, where the median age is 35.5 and the average individual income is $105,446.22. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

35.5 years

Median Age


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Welcome to Rittenhouse Square

A posh oasis in the midst of a gritty, hard-working city.

Originally a pasture for livestock, the park became one of five open-space areas designated by city father William Penn. In the 1880s, wealthy families recognized the neighborhood as a residential gold mine and began peopling the surrounding streets with elegant mansions and homes, many of which still stand. Rittenhouse Square’s legacy as the home of Philly’s elite remains true today, as little else can compete with views of and proximity to the stately park.

Philadelphia’s most fashionable neighborhood since 1840, the area surrounding the verdant two-square-block park has always been one of the city’s most desirable residential destinations. A nationally renowned green urban space, Rittenhouse Park is at the locus of a host of tongue-wagging real estate, plus a surfeit of luxe shopping and avenues chockablock with restaurants and bars that boast local character.

What To Expect

An ideal blend of drool-worthy, upscale residences and swanky retail.

Sophisticated patrons clad in Maison Margiela and sunglasses people-watch from chic haunts along the park like Rouge and Devon, while students and young professionals bring a dog, a bottle of wine, and a date to hang on the lawn. At night, scattered lights give the area a magic glow as the post-work crowd goes for cocktails at the Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co, mussels at Monk’s Café or a steak at Barclay Prime.

The Lifestyle

Fine-dining and shopping in one the city’s prettiest neighborhoods.

Walk along Walnut and Chestnut Streets for the best clothes the city has to offer. Ladies who lunch and dandies swear by designer boutique Joan Shepp, while post-grads swarm Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, which were both started in Philadelphia. A few blocks away, the flow of traffic and pedestrians slows on quiet, tree-lined streets, and you can sidle up for a beer and a delicious burger at the consistently popular gastropub Pub & Kitchen.

Unexpected Appeal

Great values can still be found among the pricier options.

Looking west at the rising adjoining area of Fitler Square can reward those looking for prices that don’t break the bank.

The Market

Parkside high-rise condos, historic houses, and Victorian mansions.

The blockbuster penthouses and apartments ringing the park are of course the big ticket items, but peel back a few streets and you’ll find a varied mix of Gothic Revivals, handsome condos, princely mansions, and styles to suit nearly any taste.

You'll Fall In Love With

Living in the heart and soul of the city.​​​​​​​

The famous urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs hailed Rittenhouse Park as one of the great examples of what a city could be at its best, noting that it “possesses an intricate sequence of users and uses.” Walking north up 18th Street, the city’s narrow blocks seem to open up, offering glimpses of the towering oak and maple trees of the park ahead. No other part of Philadelphia manages to feel quite so intimate and grand at once.

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Demographics and Employment Data for Rittenhouse Square, PA

Rittenhouse Square has 11,916 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Rittenhouse Square do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 18,658 people call Rittenhouse Square home. The population density is 45,169.7 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

45.86 / 54.14%

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Schools in Rittenhouse Square, PA

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The following schools are within or nearby Rittenhouse Square. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Philadelphia Electrical & Technical Charter High School
9th - 12th
Independence Charter School
K - 8th
5th - 12th

Around Rittenhouse Square, PA

There's plenty to do around Rittenhouse Square, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walker's Paradise
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Biker's Paradise
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Rider's Paradise
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Human Robot Schuylkill Banks, Bean2Bean Cafe, and Dope Botanicals.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 0.54 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.28 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.19 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.36 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 4.7 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.37 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars

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