Philadelphia Research Initiative

The Philadelphia research initiative provides timely, impartial research and analysis that helps Philadelphia’s citizens and leaders understand and address key issues facing the city. 

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  • People Experiencing Homelessness in Philadelphia, 2007-14

    These data—based on a one-night, city-run count of people staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing, temporary drop-in centers, or on the street—show a 12 percent decrease in the number of homeless in Philadelphia from 2007 to 2014. The number of unsheltered homeless dropped by 30 percent during this period; the unsheltered represent only 6 percent of the total homeless... Read More

  • Residential Building Permits Issued in Philadelphia

    In 2014, building permits were issued for more residential units than in any year since at least 1990—3,973 of them, with a total estimated value of $879 million. Robust construction activity can be an indicator of economic growth and revitalization in areas where it takes place. But in a recent Pew poll, some residents expressed concern about gentrification and the property-tax abatement... Read More

  • Homicide Rate in Philadelphia and Comparable Cities

    The rate of homicides in Philadelphia was 16 per 100,000 residents in 2014, down from 21.6 in 2012. Compared with nine other cities with similar demographic and economic makeups, Philly fell in the middle. It was also one of the five cities with rates that have dropped since 2012. A city's homicide rate is just one measure of public safety; in the last several years, the number of all major... Read More

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