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  • Operational Revenue per Student in Comparable Urban Districts

    In recent years the School District of Philadelphia has confronted one fiscal crisis after another. This chart shows how the district’s economic resources compare with those of 10 similar big-city districts. The Philadelphia district’s per-student operational revenue (excluding capital funds and debt service) totaled $12,570 in 2013-14. That was fourth-lowest out of 11 districts examined in Pew’s... Read More

  • Philadelphia’s Changing Racial/Ethnic Makeup

    For decades, Philadelphia could be understood largely in terms of blacks and whites. That is no longer the case. Fueled by the arrival of thousands of immigrants, the city 's Hispanic and Asian populations have grown dramatically and now represent one-fifth of the overall population. How big a factor these groups will become in the city's public life remains to be seen. Read More

  • Age Profile of Philadelphia Residents, 2013

    As shown here, the largest groups in Philadelphia’s population are ages 20–24, 25–29, and 30–34. This is the result of a surge of young people moving into the city in recent years and the sheer size of the millennial generation. Analysts see the city’s ability to engage and retain this new cohort as critical to the city’s future. Read More

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