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Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative

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State of the City

The Philadelphia research and policy initiative's annual “State of the City” report highlights the essential facts about Philadelphia’s residents and neighborhoods, along with indicators of the city’s condition. From demographic trends, income, housing, and the economy to public safety, arts and culture, education, and government, the “State of the City” is a data dashboard for all who care about Philadelphia’s future.

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Report

Philadelphia 2022: The State of the City

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Two years into the pandemic, Philadelphia is showing signs of an economic and public health recovery, yet some serious challenges remain. As of April 2022, the city had recorded more than 300,000 COVID-19 cases and over 5,000 deaths since the virus was first detected in Philadelphia in March 2020. A decline in coronavirus cases in the early fall of 2021 had offered the promise of recovery—a prospect disrupted by a surge of new cases in late 2021 and early 2022. By February 2022, the city’s case numbers had declined sharply, although new surges in Europe and Asia around the same time added fresh uncertainty about the future trajectory of COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia 2021: State of the City

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In so many ways, 2020 was a troubling year for Philadelphia, one that raised profound questions about its future. The numbers tell the story of a city facing tremendous challenges, not just from the pandemic and its economic impact but from rising drug overdose deaths and gun violence as well.

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Philadelphia skyline
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State of the City 2021 Event: Road to Inclusive Recovery

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With vaccinations increasing and significant federal relief forthcoming, the time is ripe to look toward Philadelphia’s future, with a focus on achieving an inclusive economic recovery. How can the city support the creation of new businesses and family-sustaining jobs so that economic growth benefits all Philadelphians and builds community wealth?

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