A wide-ranging State of the City report from the Philadelphia Research Initiative depicts a city that has made progress on a number of key fronts but still struggles with long-term forces of decline.

Two versions of Philadelphia 2009: The State of the City are available for download. For best results, in print dialogue box, set page scaling to “fit to printer margins.”

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Jobs and the Economy 

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City Government 

Arts and Culture 

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State of City 2009 lrg thumb Through lively and accessible graphics, Philadelphia 2009: The State of the City examines the city's strengths and weaknesses, its sources for hope and reasons for concern, and highlights key indicators that can be used to gauge changes in the city from this point forward. In addition, it compares Philadelphia to other major cities in terms of its tax burden, crime rate, educational attainment, spending per school student, and poverty rate.

Read the related press release.

The 2010 Update, published in March 2010, provides new data on a dozen key indicators about the state of the city and places that data in context.


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