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A wide-ranging report from the Philadelphia research initiative examines the city’s strengths and weaknesses.
The Philadelphia research initiative produces monthly newsletters, provided below, which spotlight notable research and trends as part of its mission to produce in-depth information for the benefit of Philadelphia's citizens and leaders. Also available here is a collection of authoritative and official documents from city agencies and city-related entities that may be otherwise hard to find. Most of these documents were produced or compiled under the auspices of city agencies or unions, with the source included in parentheses. Finally, for reference, on the right side of this page are direct links to useful Philadelphia-related research from other sources.
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May 2013: Homeowner tax burden up 6%, tax policy up for debate. April 2013: Economic recovery, taxes and school closures.March 2013: City population up, homicides down and longer library hours.Feb. 2013: Shuttered schools, AVI, workforce development.Jan. 2013: Energy economy, Philadelphia 2035, city overtime, and more.Dec. 2012: Property taxes, help-wanted advertisements, and more.Nov. 2012: Election results, population growth, competitiveness, and more.Oct. 2012: Tax burdens, Philly movers, educated young adults, and more.Sept. 2012: Homcide rates, college towns, commuters, and more.Aug. 2012: Immigrant-owned businesses, segregation, taxes, and more.July 2012: Rising jail population, cost of crime, workforce development, and more.June 2012: Vacant land, city workers, sugary drink taxes, and more.May 2012: Homicides on the rise, urban affuence, schools, and more.April 2012: Tax Day, Philly population growth, and more.March 2012: Free Library's future, tax concerns, income inequality, and more.Feb. 2012: Nutter's ratings, PGW sale, land bank, and more.Jan. 2012: Workforce development, fire department, school closings, and more.Dec. 2011: School closings, economic segregation, elderly population, and more.Nov. 2011: Council tenure, rainy day fund, poverty and more.Oct. 2011: Sluggish economy, Philly311, Census estimates and more.Sept. 2011: Labor market, jail over-crowding, metro diversity, and more.Aug. 2011: Philly jail inmates, redistricting, population, pension payments and more.July 2011: Tax revenue, pension investment fees, charter-school finances, and more.June 2011: Updates on Philadelphia's pension fund, Millennials and transit.May 2011: Updates on tax collections, comprehensive plan and metro population.
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City Five-Year PlanCity Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)City Supplemental Report of Revenue & ObligationsCity Schedule of Financial AssistanceMunicipal Retirement System Annual ReportMunicipal Retirement System Actuarial ValuationState Audit of Philadelphia Pension SystemCity ServicesCity Public SafetyCity Labor Unions: Health & Welfare Trust Funds
City Five-Year Plan (source).
2011-2015 (appendix)2010-2014 (appendix)2009-20132008-20122007-20112006-20102005-20092004-20082003-2007
City Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) (source) .
City Supplemental Report of Revenue & Obligations (source) .
City Schedule of Financial Assistance (source) .
20092008 (see also Brookings report)20072006
Municipal Retirement System Annual Report (source) .
Municipal Retirement System Actuarial Valuation (source).
State Audits and Reports on Philadelphia and Local Pension System (source).
2011 (from retirement commision)2008 (from retirement commision)2007 (from auditor general)2004 (from auditor general)
City Pension Fund Investments (source, obtained through right-to-know)
Investment fees FY2006-FY2011 (partial)Brokerage commissions FY2006-FY2011 (partial)
City Services (source) .
2005 Mayor's Report on City Services2004 Mayor's Report on City Services
City Public Safety (source) .
Phila Police Annual Report 2004Phila Police Annual Report 2003Phila Police Annual Report 2002
City Labor Unions: Health & Welfare Trust Funds (source) .
AFSCME DC 47 2009AFSCME DC 47 2008AFSCME DC 47 2007AFSCME DC 47 2006
AFSCME DC 33 2010AFSCME DC 33 2009AFSCME DC 33 2008AFSCME DC 33 2007AFSCME DC 33 2006
FIREFIGHTERS 2009FIREFIGHTERS 2008FIREFIGHTERS 2007FIREFIGHTERS 2006FIREFIGHTERS 2005
POLICE 2009POLICE 2008POLICE 2007POLICE 2006
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Below are recent Philadelphia-related reports from other sources. (Free unless otherwise indicated)
BLS Phila economy glanceBLS Phila indicators (PDF)BLS Phila metro job countsFed Reserve Philly regional dataU.S. Bureau of Econ Analysis Phila statisticsCounty business patterns databaseU.S. Commerce Dept Stat-USA($)
Census Bureau latest Phila fact sheetCensus Bureau latest Phila pop. estimatesCensus Bureau local government dataTemple U data libraryCensus Bureau Phila regional homepage
PA Uniform Crime Reporting DatabasePhila Police Statistics Page
Finance Dept reportsPICA reportsPhila tax delinquency lists
Property tax lookup (BRT database)Property details lookup (BUILD database)City docs archives (PHILS database)City land records ($) (PhilaDOX database)Philly Landstat (Dept of Records)
311 response reports
Searchable databaseWard reports
Procurement DeptNon-Comp Bids
Planning reportsDVRPC publications search
UPenn libraries Phila resourcesUPenn libraries Phila statistics holdingsTemple U libraries Phila collectionsPhila Free Library 'Cloud search'Drexel U Phila-area companies index
Open Records Law:
Right to Know Policy (PDF)PA Records Office
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