Pew’s Philadelphia research and policy initiative seeks to inform discussions on important issues facing the city and the region and to provide policymakers and other decision-makers with data, analysis, and examples of promising practices that may help them address key challenges.

We regularly release reports that often offer comparisons with other major U.S. cities, and we conduct polling to determine Philadelphians’ views on policy issues, elected officials, and various aspects of life in the city.

We also combine our local capacity with our state- and national-level expertise to convene city and regional stakeholders with experts and officials from around the country to discuss effective, evidence-based solutions being implemented in other jurisdictions and the impacts of those reforms.

State of the City
State of the City
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Philadelphia 2020: State of the City

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Philadelphia 2020: State of the City

At the start of 2020, Philadelphia continued to be largely a tale of success, expanding upon years of economic progress and demographic change.

Philadelphia in the rain
Philadelphia in the rain
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How Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect Philadelphia's Underfunded Retirement System?

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How Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect Philadelphia's Underfunded Retirement System?

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a vast and far-reaching impact on cities’ budgets, in terms of both reduced revenues from a widely shuttered economy and increased expenditures for essential services. And in Philadelphia, those expenses include financing the underfunded retirement plan for city workers.

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What's Next for Fiscal Oversight in Philadelphia?

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The state agency that has overseen Philadelphia’s finances since 1992—the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA)—is slated to shut down in three years. But there is a sense among stakeholders that the policy conversation about what happens next should start now.

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Philadelphia’s Poor: Experiences From Below the Poverty Line

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In this report, The Pew Charitable Trusts examines the attitudes and personal experiences of poor Philadelphians, exploring several key aspects of life that are affected by, and potentially helping to perpetuate, poverty— including health outcomes, employment prospects, exposure to crime, and access to quality schools.

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The State of 10 Cities

A decade of key economic, social, and demographic indicators

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The State of 10 Cities, an interactive resource from The Pew Charitable Trusts, allows you to analyze data from 10 U.S. cities on key economic, social, and demographic indicators over the past decade.

Commuters
Commuters
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Philadelphia Job Growth Not Closing Wage Gap Between Residents and Suburban Commuters

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Philadelphia has enjoyed relatively strong job growth in recent years after a long period of losses, some resulting from the Great Recession. But an analysis of census data finds that the job gains among city residents employed in Philadelphia have been concentrated in lower-paying sectors of the economy—and in lower-paying jobs within those sectors.