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  • 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

  • Job Growth and Decline, 2004-14

    In the past decade, the number of jobs in Philadelphia has grown by less than 2 percent. Compared with the Philadelphia metropolitan region and the country as a whole, the city has tended to gain fewer jobs during boom times but also lose less during tough times. Its lackluster job-creation record has been a perennial conundrum for city leaders and a problem for the unemployed, many of whom lack... Read More

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