Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, is also Pew’s hometown. Like many East Coast industrial cities, Philadelphia experienced a late 20th-century decline in population and economic wellbeing. Total employment has yet to recover to prerecession levels. But today, the city is undergoing a rebirth, focusing on quality of life, tourism, and investment in major cultural institutions, including the Barnes Foundation, the Liberty Bell Center, and the Benjamin Franklin Museum.
By the numbers
  • 4% population growth from 2006 to 2012

  • 37.5% share of 25- to 34-year-olds with a bachelor degree

  • 2,815 number of building permits issued for new residential housing in 2013

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