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Philadelphia Research Initiative

Pew’s non-partisan “State of the City” research highlights the essential facts about Philadelphia, its residents, neighborhoods, and major issues. From demographics, to culture and government, to residents’ opinions, “State of the City” is a data-dashboard for the benefit of both the public and leaders who are driving the city’s future.

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State of Philadelphia in 2017
State of Philadelphia in 2017
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Philadelphia 2017: The State of the City

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Philadelphia 2017: The State of the City

Considering all that has happened in Philadelphia over the past several years, it is difficult to find a single statistical indicator that best captures the state of the city in 2017.

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Philadelphia 2018: The State of the City

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In 2018, the key gauges of Philadelphia’s overall well-being fall into a clear-cut pattern, more than at other times in the city’s recent history: The economic indicators are mostly positive, the social measures considerably less so.

Philadelphia is undergoing a sweeping transformation
Philadelphia is undergoing a sweeping transformation
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Philadelphia 2016: The State of the City

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Philadelphia in 2016 is a growing city undergoing a sweeping transformation, most evident in the age and diversity of those who live here. This report examines key indicators of the city’s condition and is an update to Pew’s more comprehensive Philadelphia 2015: The State of the City.

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Opioids in Philadelphia
Opioids in Philadelphia
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The State of the City 2018

Philadelphia’s opioid crisis

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By many measures, as indicated in The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2018 “State of the City” report, scheduled for release in early April, Philadelphia is on an upward trend, with an increasing population, strong job growth, and a vibrant arts and culture scene. But the city is also facing one of the highest drug overdose rates in the nation, fueled predominantly by an intensifying opioid crisis.