Philadelphia 2011: The State of the City

Apr 09, 2011

Philadelphia 2011: The State of the City portrays a city with some positive trends, but serious and persistent problems. While the population has grown for the first time in decades, other indicators paint a more troubling picture of the city’s well-being. In education, the trends are positive, but the absolute numbers remain problematic, and the poverty rate stands at 25 percent, sixth-highest among the nation’s 50 largest cities. Read More

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On a more positive note, the city has a smaller percentage of residents without health insurance than some comparable cities, and is slightly better off in this regard than the nation as a whole. While the share of adults without coverage rose during the recession, the percentage of children lacking coverage has remained stable at about 5 percent.
Philadelphia 2011: The State of the City presents a multi-dimensional, fact-based portrait of America’s fifth-largest city through 75 graphics drawn from a wide range of sources. It compares Philadelphia to a group of nine other major cities—chosen on the basis of size, location and makeup—on household income, tax burden, crime rate, educational attainment, public transit use, infant mortality rate, poverty rate and the age breakdown of the population. At various points in the report, the comparisons are expanded to include the nation’s 50 largest cities.

In addition, the report provides Philadelphians with a neighborhood-by-neighborhood look at population change, income, poverty, home sales, crime, educational attainment and school absenteeism.

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