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Dissecting the Pew Charitable Trusts State of the City Report

The Pew Charitable Trusts just came out with its 2013 State of the City report for Philadelphia. We ran through the full 60 pages and pulled out a few of the most notable statistics for our busy readers. We're leaving a lot out, so go ahead and read the full document for yourself next time you have a free hour or two.

Keep in mind that this report places Philadelphia within a group of 10 comparable cities, which include Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. The majority of the findings occur between 2006 and 2012.

A few facts:

Residential
• Philadelphia's population grew by 3.8% (58,897) between 2006-2012
• Median home sales prices were up 18% over the last two years
• More residential building permits were issued in 2012 than any year since 2005

Income
• Median household income - $34,207 (up 2.9% since 2006)
• 28% of households live below the poverty line
• Neighborhood with lowest household income - North Philadelphia (East) at $14,586
• Neighborhood with highest household income - Society Hill at $93,222

Age & Race
• Residents age 20-34 increased by 5.9% between 2006 and 2011
• Most diverse neighborhood - University City: 41% black, 36% white, 16% Asian, 4%
Hispanic

Jobs
• Philadelphia had 1,900 fewer jobs in 2-12 than in 2008
• Unemployment rate has risen from 6.2% in 2006 to 10.7% in 2012 (second only to Detroit's 18.2%)
• Largest increase in jobs came from Education & Health Services industry (up 32,700 or 18% since 2002)
• Largest decrease in jobs came from Manufacturing industry (down 14,400 or 38% since 2002)
• Top 5 largest private employers in Philadelphia:
1. Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
2. The Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania
3. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
4. Temple University
5. US Airways

Crime
• 406 homicides in 2006 versus 331 homicides in 2012
• Philadelphia has the fourth-highest homicide rate behind Detroit, Baltimore and
Cleveland
• Homicide victims and how they died:
• 88% were male
• 82% died via gunshot
• 81% had prior arrests
• 80% were African American
• 74% were killed outdoors
• 62% were age 18-34

Transportation & Environment
• People biking to work has increased from 4,908 in 2000 to 10,320 in 2011
• The number of LEED (Leadership Energy and Environmental Design) certified
buildings in Philadelphia have risen from 3 in 2006 to 84 in 2012
· Pew Charitable Trusts: Philadelphia 2013 (Full Report) [pewtrusts.org]