Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, is also Pew’s hometown. Like many East Coast industrial cities, Philadelphia experienced a late 20th-century decline in population and economic wellbeing. Total employment has yet to recover to prerecession levels. But today, the city is undergoing a rebirth, focusing on quality of life, tourism, and investment in major cultural institutions, including the Barnes Foundation, the Liberty Bell Center, and the Benjamin Franklin Museum.

By the numbers
  • 4% population growth from 2006 to 2012

  • 37.5% share of 25- to 34-year-olds with a bachelor degree

  • 2,815 number of building permits issued for new residential housing in 2013

Philadelphia Research Initiative

This project provides timely, impartial research and analysis that help Philadelphia’s citizens...

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Supporting the Greater Philadelphia Area

Pew seeks to foster a vibrant civic life in our hometown.

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Arts & Culture

Pew supports organizations, artists, and projects that inspire, educate, and entertain diverse audiences throughout the Philadelphia region.

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Media Contact

Elizabeth Lowe

Officer, Communications


Philadelphia's Middle Class