Americans' quest for "a more perfect union" starts with safe, healthy communities. Developing policies that are firmly grounded in facts and research is critical to building a vibrant civic life. Strong communities also require an understanding of our country’s history and immigration trends, participation in arts and culture, and concern for those who need a helping hand. These endeavors—all part of Pew’s mission—shape our national character, bring us together as a people, and help assure that our communities thrive.
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Poverty is one of Philadelphia’s most enduring problems. The city’s poverty rate is 25.7 percent—the highest among the United States’ 10 largest cities. That means that about 400,000 city residents, including more than a third of the city’s children, live in a household with an annual income of $19,337 or less. In this episode, host Dan LeDuc talks with Larry Eichel,... 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