Philadelphia 2013: The State of the City - From The Pew Charitable Trusts

(Originally posted by The Pew Charitable Trusts) 

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Philadelphia 2013: The State of the City presents a multi-dimensional, fact-based portrait of America's fifth-largest city through 81 graphics drawn from a wide range of sources.

The study compares Philadelphia to a group of nine other major cities—chosen on the basis of size, location and makeup—on household income, crime, educational attainment, public transit use, cost of living, poverty, unemployment and foreign-born residents. In addition, the report provides a neighborhood-by-neighborhood look at income, poverty, home sales, crime and ethnic diversity in Philadelphia.

Among the findings of the report

  • In Philadelphia, the number of young adults has grown by tens of thousands since 2006, according to Census estimates. And 37.5 percent of the 25- to 34-year-olds have bachelor's degrees or better, a higher percentage than in a number of other large cities and the nation as a whole—and far higher than for the rest of the city's adult population.
  • In 2012, the city had 661,400 jobs, 1,900 fewer than four years ago—before the economic downturn that made thousands of jobs disappear.
  • Philadelphia's unemployment rate averaged 10.7 percent in 2012, higher than in any of the 9 comparison cities except Detroit. Among the cities, only Philadelphia and Pittsburgh had higher unemployment rates last year than in the recession year of 2009, and Pittsburgh's 2012 rate, unlike Philadelphia's, was below the national average.
  • The 25 civilian fire deaths recorded in the city in 2012 was the lowest total in decades. But traffic fatalities spiked to 118 last year from the historically low level of 87 the year before.
  • The housing market in Philadelphia showed signs of life in 2012. Although sales rose only slightly, prices were up 18 percent over 2010 levels, and building permits were issued for 2,175 units, the most since 2005. The value of the new construction was estimated at a record $335 million.

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