Philadelphia Research Initiative

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Where do Philadelphia residents stand on major issues facing the city? How do they rate elected leaders? Is the city heading in the right or wrong direction? The Philadelphia research initiative conducts regular surveys to help answer such questions, using reputable nonpartisan pollsters who adhere to high standards of opinion research.

Polls and Reports

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  • Philadelphia's Poor: Who they are, where they live, and how that's changed

    Poverty is one of Philadelphia’s most enduring problems. At 25.7 percent, the poverty rate is the highest among the nation’s 10 largest cities. About 400,000 residents—including roughly 37 percent of the city’s children under the age of 18—live below the federal poverty line, which is $19,337 in annual income for an adult living with two children. And nearly half of... Read More

  • Philadelphia’s Historic Sacred Places

    Philadelphia is home to a large number and wide variety of buildings that qualify as historic sacred places, which, for this report, are defined as those constructed as houses of worship before 1965, regardless of whether they are currently used in that way. The research found that 839 historic sacred places (HSPs) were still standing in 2015 and early 2016, one for roughly every 1,900 city... Read More

  • Getting Into High School in Philadelphia

    In the School District of Philadelphia, students are not required to attend a particular high school. A wide—and potentially bewildering—variety of choices confronts eighth-graders and their parents. To go anywhere other than their neighborhood high schools, they must identify the options they think fit their needs and apply to them. Read More

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