By the Numbers

Quick Facts about the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Philadelphia region

  • More than 1 million-square feet of sell-able space
  • 528,000-square feet of contiguous exhibit hall space
  • Seven exhibit halls totaling 679,000-square feet of exhibit space
  • Two ballrooms (32,000-square feet and 55,400-square feet)
  • 82 meeting Rooms
  • 34,960-square foot Grand Hall
  • 23,400-square foot Atrium overlooking the Avenue of the Arts
  • 45 Loading Docks
  • 11,500 hotel rooms in Center City
  • Steps from America’s Most Historic Square Mile
  • 1,526,006 local population
  • Second largest city on the East Coast
  • Third most populous downtown in the United States
  • 22 theaters, music, sports and recreation venues
  • 882 stores and boutiques
  • 89 colleges and hospitals
  • 605 restaurants and nightlife locations
  • The area’s large concentration of medical schools and hospitals ranked second in the country, producing one of every five physicians in the United States
  • Philadelphia is within two hours of 80 percent of the world’s major pharmaceutical firms, including GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol Meyers, Squibb, Johnson and Johnson, AstraZeneca and DuPont.
  • Founded in 1751, Pennsylvania Hospital was the first hospital in the United States and is the site of the country’s first medical library
  • The University of Pennsylvania Medical School was the first medical school in the United States (1765)
  • The University of the Sciences founded in 1821, as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, was the first college of pharmacy in the Unites States.
  • Wills Eye Hospital was the first hospital in the Western hemisphere devoted to the eye (1832)
  • The Medical College of Pennsylvania was the first women’s medical school in the world (1850)
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was the first children’s hospital in the United States (1855)
  • Temple University Dental School is the second oldest in the United States (1863)
  • The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the second oldest in the United States (1884)
  • Sixty percent of all pharmacology dollars spent in the U.S. are spent within 100 miles of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia International Airport serves more than 31 million travelers a year from more than 120 cities worldwide
  • 12th Most internationally visited city in the nation (the fastest growing)
  • 1,400 Daily flights at Philadelphia International Airport
  • Philadelphia is an easy drive from 40 percent of the U.S. population
  • 30th Street Station is a major North & South and East & West Hub for Amtrak including high speed service along the Northeast Corridor
  • Two subway lines
  • Seven Regional Rail lines
  • 15 Bus routes within walking distance
  • Philadelphia’s extensive life sciences community includes five medical schools, 22 nursing schools, two dental schools, two colleges of pharmacy, a veterinary school, a school of optometry, a podiatry school, almost 100 hospitals, and an equal number of “hi-tech,” biomedical, and pharmaceutical companies