The Philadelphia research initiative produces in-depth, data-driven reports on some of the major issues facing Philadelphia for the benefit of decision makers, news media and the public at large. In addition, the Initiative produces shorter briefing papers that illuminate front-and-center issues in a timely fashion. When possible, reports describe the conditions and policy approaches in comparable cities. Reports always strive to include viewpoints of key stakeholders and never promote a predetermined policy agenda.
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In early November, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) hosted a half-day event in Philadelphia focused on the city’s plans to evaluate its economic development tax incentives. The discussion was part of Pew and NCSL’s third annual Evaluators Roundtable, in which state and local staffers from across the country who are responsible for... Read More
Many of Philadelphia’s high-poverty areas—places with poverty rates of at least 40 percent—also qualify as racially or ethnically concentrated, meaning that one group accounts for at least half of the total population. Read More
Decades ago, poverty in Philadelphia was concentrated in specific neighborhoods, most of them within the same general vicinity. Today, it is much more dispersed. The U.S. Census Bureau considers any tract with a poverty rate of 20 percent or higher to be a poverty area. Fifty-nine percent of Philadelphia’s census tracts fall into this category. Read More