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.

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Issue Brief

The Future of Fiscal Oversight in Philadelphia

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Issue Brief

In the next few years, Pennsylvania—and Philadelphia—must determine whether a state agency should continue to oversee the city government’s finances, as it has for nearly three decades.

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Issue Brief

Who’s Leaving Philadelphia—and Why

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Who’s Leaving Philadelphia—and Why

Philadelphia’s population has been growing for more than a decade, fueled by immigrants and by births outnumbering deaths. Yet each year, roughly 60,000 residents leave the city—at least 10,000 more than those who move in from other parts of the region or the country, according to data.

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Report

Philadelphia 2019: The State of the City

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Like many cities, Philadelphia has some neighborhoods that are thriving and others that are faltering. But it has more of the former than it did a decade ago. Even so, the numbers at the heart of this year’s “State of the City” report show the contrasts between the city’s neighborhoods to be as dramatic as ever.

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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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Data Visualization

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.

Event

How Are U.S. Cities Reforming Their Criminal Justice Policies?

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Event

Join The Pew Charitable Trusts on Friday, April 12, at 8 a.m. EDT for a live webcast on ways that Philadelphia and other urban areas are working to reduce incarcerated populations and improve community corrections—particularly through pretrial and community corrections reforms. Experts will discuss the latest research and share experiences and strategies used in Philadelphia; Cook County, Illinois (Chicago); New York City; Harris County, Texas (Houston); and New Jersey.