Central South Philadelphia, Philadelphia

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Central South Philadelphia
Neighborhood of Philadelphia
The intersection of Broad and Ritner Streets, taken just before dusk in June 2008
The intersection of Broad and Ritner Streets, taken just before dusk in June 2008
Central South Philadelphia is located in Philadelphia
Central South Philadelphia
Central South Philadelphia
Coordinates: Coordinates: 39°55′15″N 75°10′13″W / 39.92079°N 75.17034°W / 39.92079; -75.17034
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215

Central South Philadelphia, commonly known as either just South Philadelphia or "South Philly," is a neighborhood in South Philadelphia. It is generally bounded by Broad to 9th Streets (west to east) and Mifflin to Shunk (north to south). The entire neighborhood falls under the 19148 zip code.[1] The neighborhood has a large Italian American population.


The neighborhood is zoned to the School District of Philadelphia.

Zoned schools in the community include:

Students zoned to Southwark and to Key are also zoned to South Philadelphia High School.[4]

Edward W. Bok Technical High School, a magnet school, formerly operated in the neighborhood.

Bok, Key, and Southwark are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]


  • Racial break down is roughly the following: White - 74%; Black - 11%; Asian - 11%; Other - 5% [6]
  • Women make up 53.4% of the population; men make up 46.6% of the population.[7]

(Please note that these statistics apply to the entire 19148 zip code, not this specific neighborhood; Central South Philadelphia makes up the majority of 19148.)

Community resources[edit]

Central South Philadelphia is serviced by several civic organizations. They work together under the broad heading of the Central South Philadelphia Civic Association Alliance.[8]

The community has a branch of the Philadelphia Free Library, located right next to the former Samuel Fels Community center.[9]

Public transportation[edit]

The neighborhood is serviced by a plethora of SEPTA bus lines and is also accessible from three different stops on the Broad Street Subway (Oregon & Snyder Avenues, as well as Tasker-Morris). [10]

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