Philadelphia Research Initiative

Pew's Philadelphia research initiative provides timely, impartial research and analysis that help Philadelphia’s citizens and leaders understand and address key issues facing the city. Often times, our research includes comparisons with other major cities.


Philadelphia: The State of the City - 2012 Update

Numbers produce an image of a city’s place in time. This new look at Philadelphia by the numbers depicts a city in transition on a number of fronts—with familiar problems and one promising demographic trend.

The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future

Big-city public libraries have rarely been as popular as they are today and rarely as besieged. This report looks at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s operations and the challenges facing urban libraries across America.

  • Reports and Briefs

    In-depth reports and briefs provide impartial information and analysis of complex and important issues, often comparing Philadelphia to other cities and illuminating front-and-center issues.
  • Polling

    Polls track the attitudes of Philadelphians on some of the key issues facing the city and their assessment of the city as a place to live.
  • Data and Interactives

    Interactive charts, maps, comparison data, as well as videos and quizzes, illuminate our research into the key issues facing Philadelphia and other cities.

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Thomas Ginsberg