Philadelphia: The State of the City - 2012 Update

Mar 31, 2012

Philadelphia: The State of the City, a 2012 Update provides a new look at Philadelphia by the numbers, and it depicts a city in transition on a number of fronts—with familiar problems and one promising demographic trend.

In the past year, unemployment in Philadelphia was down, but job creation slowed from the year before. In 2011, Philadelphia gained about 2,100 jobs, compared with an increase of 4,400 in 2010. Residential building permits were up, but home sales dropped a sixth straight time, falling 10 percent from 2010. Violent crime fell overall, while the homicide total increased for the second year in a row. Read More

Click on the headings below for new data on several key indicators about the state of the city:

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One positive sign for the city’s future is that the number of young adults in Philadelphia has risen substantially in recent years.  Between 2000 and 2010, the population of residents age 20 to 34 rose by more than 50,000, even as this age group accounted for a smaller percentage of the overall U.S. population.

The new report updates 10 indicators of how Philadelphia is faring, building on the findings of the more comprehensive State of the City report published last March. The update also includes results from Pew’s most recent poll of city residents. 

Next year, we will publish a comprehensive sequel to the 2011 State of the City report.  

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