For the first time in 50 years, Philadelphia showed a net population gain in the 2010 census. This is very good news for our largest city.
City living is becoming popular among young people and many cities are courting this new emerging “urban dweller” market. The longing for the suburbs and a McMansion is evidently losing some market share with younger people and older folks who are downsizing and moving into walkable urban areas for convenience.
Philadelphia’s out-migration has finally ended and the city showed a net gain of 8,456 people. The official population of Philadelphia is 1,526,006 residents. While this is not a huge gain, compared to other decades when the city lost 50,000 to 100,000 residents at a clip, this is important.
Census numbers decide things like our state’s number of representatives in Congress and how much money we get from the federal government for various programs.
I hope other cities in Pennsylvania have some encouraging numbers as well.