Jan 2, 2024 - News

By the numbers: How Philadelphia has changed since 2016

Illustration of a Black woman's hands holding the city of Philadelphia.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Cherelle Parker is taking over a city that has changed a lot since the last time Philadelphia elected a new mayor eight years ago.

Here's a by-the-numbers look at how the city has evolved since 2016, when Jim Kenney was first sworn in as mayor.

City budget:

Number of Wawas in the city:

  • Then: 38
  • Now: 37

Homicides:

  • Then: 277
  • Now: 409 (unofficial, per a police spokesperson)

Poverty rate:

Price of one cheesesteak whiz, wit at Geno's Steaks:

  • Then: $11
  • Now: $14

Number of city employees:

Number of Philadelphia police officers:

  • Then: 6,383
  • Now: 5,318

Overdose deaths:

  • Then: 907
  • Now: 1,413 (most recent figure from 2022)

Citywide four-year high school graduation rate:

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