Amid gun violence crisis, Philadelphia may be safer than people think

By Heather J. Chin, Billy Penn | September 10, 2023

Stoneleigh Fellow Jessica Beard was featured by Billy Penn for her research exploring the perspectives of firearm-injured people.

Is Philadelphia a safe city to live in and visit? You wouldn’t think so by looking at many news headlines, like Axios Philly’s recent coverage touting the results of a new Gallup poll about perceived notions of safety for 16 U.S. cities.

According to the poll, fewer than half of people (47%) who’ve visited Philly — or just heard of it — perceive it as safe, while 50% said they have negative perceptions. “Philadelphia ranks near bottom of safety poll,” reads the headline.

The key word here is “perception.”

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