Philly lags behind other big cities on population growth and income

Mike Dougherty
April 18, 2019 - 1:25 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's population is growing, but it's lagging behind many other large cities on that front and several other categories. The numbers were presented Wednesday night at the Franklin Institute.

When it comes to income, Philly is dead last in both median household income and reduction of poverty among the country's 10 largest cities. 

"The majority of the statistics that we present in this report, Philadelphia is at the bottom or near the bottom across all measures," said Yvette Nunez, a vice president at the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

That also includes building construction and job growth.

John Grady, president of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, says Center City is growing faster than other ZIP codes.

"There's a real appetite to think about how we can encourage more growth but connect that growth even more extensively back into neighborhoods in the city."

Education is the key, and he thinks career training needs to be part of that. Too many businesses in the city are forced to hire from outside because the workforce here doesn't have the skills right now.

The full report is available online.