PHILADELPHIA—The Pew Charitable Trusts today released an analysis of Philadelphians that classifies residents based on how they feel about the city rather than where they show up in demographic categories.
The brief, “A New Way of Looking at Philadelphians: Beyond Income, Neighborhood, and Race,” builds on Pew’s previous research and polling about Philadelphia and sorts the city’s adult residents into four groups based on a survey conducted this year. The survey’s questions covered topics such as the city’s current direction, future, neighborhoods, police, and government.
“Our goal for this analysis was to go beyond demographics and identify some of the key attitudes that both unite and differentiate Philadelphians,” said Larry Eichel, director of Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative.
The groups are:
While divided on a number of key questions, including whether they want their future to be in Philadelphia, members of the four groups were in broad agreement on several topics. All said that K-12 education, jobs, and public safety are the three biggest issues facing the city and that immigrants bring new vitality to Philadelphia neighborhoods.
“Pew’s research revealed that there is common ground among residents,” Eichel said. “Regardless of whether you are an Enthusiastic Urbanist or an Uncommitted Skeptic, you care about some of the same central policy issues facing the city.”
For more information on the defining characteristics of the four groups and the methodology used to create them, download the complete brief at www.pewtrusts.org/philaresearch. An online quiz is also available for Philadelphians to see in which category they belong.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative provides timely, impartial research and analysis on key issues facing Philadelphia for the benefit of the city’s residents and leaders. Learn more at www.pewtrusts.org/philaresearch.