5.1 out of 10

Upper Kensington

Ranked 46th best neighborhood in Philadelphia
39.9986993777704 -75.1233254032497
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Some crime, but overall a nice area"

Upper Kensington is a neighborhood located between the Lower Northeast section of Philadelphia. It is bound by Erie Avenue to the north, Trenton Avenue to the east and Front Street to the west.
The area has a diverse residency that is mostly made up of Italian Americans, Irish Americans, African Americans, Polish Americans and Hispanic Americans including Dominicans and Puerto Ricans.
Even though Upper Kensington is mainly a residential area, it does offer plenty of shopping opportunities. The main retail section of the area is located at the intersection of Kensington Avenue and Allegheny Avenue. In addition, this is also the major transportation zone of Upper Kensington and includes the Frankford Elevated portion of the Market-Frankford Line as well as SEPTA buses routes 3, 5 and 60.
Upper Kensington is still an up-and-coming section of Philadelphia and is no stranger to crime. One of the most vicious crime sprees the area saw happened in 2010 when a man known as the Kensington Strangler raped and murdered three women and seriously injured a handful of others.
Upper Kensington enjoys a hopping nightlife and features some affordable bars, including Atlantis, which features a huge fish tank behind the bar and great service.
  • Diverse community
  • Cheap
  • Lots of parking
  • Still crime
  • Some parts are very dirty
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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