Philly Population Growth Remains Sluggish, New Report Shows


A staff infographic shows that the Philadelphia metro area, the fourth most populous in 2005, will likely fall to 9th by decades' end.

Infographic shows that the Philadelphia metro area, the fourth most populous in 2005, will likely fall to 9th by decades’ end | Source:

  • According to, the latest numbers from the Census Bureau indicate that birthrates and an uptick in immigration have not been enough for the Philadelphia region to keep up with the national rate for population growth: the city and adjacent counties have grown by 1.6% since 2010; the nation by 3.9%.
  • Two prominent and underdeveloped parcels at Broad Street’s intersection with Washington Avenue find themselves simultaneously “in play” with separate developers, each eliciting antithetical responses from their respective civics organizations. It’s easy to get Alterra’s Lincoln Square (northwest corner) and Tower’s 1001 South Broad (northeast corner) confused. Luckily, Property’s Sandy Smith helps you keep it all straight with a handy side-by-side comparison of both proposals.
  • Photographer J.J. Tiziou and writer/Hidden City Daily contributor Ann deForest recently followed all 103 miles of Philadelphia’s border, documenting a journey that found them appreciating on one level, the city’s vastness and diversity of land use, but also how the role of economic privilege. The project is part of an interdisciplinary art grant from the Knight Foundation. The walk got Tiziou thinking: what if, rather than  sponsoring prior, creative, acquaintances, grant money could be used to see what would come out of having with disparate characters making the same clockwise trek around the city?
  • The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation opens its popular Spruce Street Harbor Park on Mother’s Day Weekend and will extend the season for  by a few weeks this year.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. Those pictures were great, really enjoyed them. Thank you.

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