What are the "Northern & Western Suburbs", anyway?

January 23, 2009 11:02:26 AM PST
A suburb of Philadelphia, of course, is anything outside the city limits. But Philadelphia is an unusual city in that the elevation rises very quickly once you step toward the north and west of Center City.

Erica's Answer:

The suburbs of the city are 300-400ft higher in elevation than the airport, which is near sea level. That's why we often use the city line as the line of demarcation between areas of wintry precipitation. However, most of Chestnut Hill, Roxborough and Andorra are a few hundred feet above sea level, so people who live in those neighborhoods of Philadelphia should expect to have similar weather conditions to the immediate suburbs of the city, such as Ardmore or Trevose.

- Erica


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