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Project

Philadelphia Research Initiative

The Philadelphia research initiative provides timely, impartial research and analysis that helps Philadelphia’s residents and leaders understand and address key issues facing the city. Areas of focus include fiscal and tax policy, economic development and jobs, education, government performance and innovation, land use, public safety, and demographic trends, with reports that often offer comparisons with other major U.S. cities. The project also regularly conducts polling to determine Philadelphians’ views on policy issues, elected officials, and various aspects of life in the city.

The initiative’s research provides the analytical background for much of Pew’s local policy work.

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Philadelphia City Hall
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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10 Trends That Have Changed Philadelphia in 10 Years

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To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the State of the City report, we’re painting a portrait of Philadelphia through 10 compelling data points that spotlight some of the city’s transformative trends over the past 10 years.

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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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Philadelphia’s Immigrants

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Immigration has become a major driver of population growth in Philadelphia in recent years, with long-term demographic and economic implications for the city and the region.

Our Work

Podcast

Poverty and Connecting to Opportunity in Philadelphia

Episode 17

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Poverty is one of Philadelphia’s most enduring problems. The city’s poverty rate is 25.7 percent—the highest among the United States’ 10 largest cities. That means that about 400,000 city residents, including more than a third of the city’s children, live in a household with an annual income of $19,337 or less. In this episode, host Dan LeDuc talks with Larry Eichel, director of Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative, about the story behind these numbers. We also hear from Matt Bergheiser of University City District about its West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, a program that provides job training to local residents and helps match them with employers. To learn more, visit pewtrusts.org/afterthefact.

Event

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

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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.