City planner Jametta Johnson this week gave the planning commission an overview of Philadelphia census data related to population, race and ethnicity, putting the information in regional, state and national context.
According to the 2010 census, Philadelphia still has the 5th largest population of any city in the United States, she said – although Phoenix is growing at a faster clip.
But Philadelphia's population grew for the first time since 1950, she said. “Although it was a very modest 8,456 people, we think it's certainly indicative....of a positive, upward trend,” she said.
Watch Johnson's entire detailed report.
Philadelphia's white population shrunk slightly, its black population remained the same, and reflecting trends nationwide, its Asian and Latino populations grew.
Kellie Patrick Gates writes about planning, neighborhood development and the Central Delaware Waterfront. A journalist for more than two decades, she worked for daily newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and South Florida before coming to Philadelphia in 2003 to write for the Inquirer. Her work has appeared on PlanPhilly since 2007, and she also writes Love, the Inquirer's weekly wedding column. A native of Elk County, Pa., Kellie lives with her husband, Gary, and their dog and two cats.