Q: Please define "Greater Philadelphia" to someone who would like to know about the history, and Philadelphia's name itself, when they refer to "Greater Philadelphia" (in a nutshell)

A: The region use to be called the Delaware Valley (because of the Delaware River.) In the 1990's, the local officials asked everyone to call it the "Greater Philadelphia Region" (to help end confusion with the state of Delaware.)

Now, greater Philadelphia usually refers to the tri-state area where the Delaware River meets the Schuylkill River.

P.S. Many Philadelphia natives call the city Philly.

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