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  • The State of the City 2018

    By many measures, as indicated in The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2018 “State of the City” report, scheduled for release in early April, Philadelphia is on an upward trend, with an increasing population, strong job growth, and a vibrant arts and culture scene. But the city is also facing one of the highest drug overdose rates in the nation, fueled predominantly by an intensifying... Read More

  • How Geography Helps Explain Poverty in Philadelphia

    There are a number of ways to look at Philadelphia’s 25.7 percent poverty rate, the highest among the nation’s 10 largest cities. You can examine it, for instance, by age, gender, race, and ethnicity. Alternately, you can study the geography of poverty, which helps explain why the city’s rate is as high as it is. Read More

  • Pew Report Examines Demographics of Poverty in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA—A new analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts finds that Philadelphia’s impoverished residents are increasingly Hispanic, of working age, and geographically spread across much of the city, reflecting the changing makeup of Philadelphia as a whole. It also shows that one reason for the city’s high poverty rate of 25.7 percent is the extraordinary degree to which the... Read More

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