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