Apr 1, 2022 - News

Philly's profile: What census data tells us about residents

The Philadelphia skyline with cyclist on South Street Bridge on Oct. 31, 2020. Photo: Jumping Rocks/ Getty
The Philadelphia skyline with cyclist on South Street Bridge on Oct. 31, 2020. Photo: Jumping Rocks/Getty

Philadelphia saw household median incomes grow by nearly 30% during the second half of the last decade.

  • But that's not all we learned about residents in the Census Bureau's new five-year American Community Survey released last month.

Zoom in: Compared to national averages, Philadelphia's population is:

  • Younger, with a median age of 34.6 compared to 38.2 for the U.S.
  • More mobile, with 3% moving from a different state last year compared to the 2% national rate.
  • More diverse, with a higher rate of immigrants, 14.3% percent of the population compared to the national average of 13.5%.

Yes, but: Philly's poverty rate, at 23.1%, is double the U.S average.

  • Meanwhile, Philly's median income, $49,127, is only about three-quarters of the national average.

Zoom out: Pennsylvania's median income, about $64,000, and its 12% poverty level are relatively on par with national figures.

Of note: The data, which doesn't include 2021-2022, cannot provide a complete picture of how the pandemic has impacted the city.

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