Philadelphia’s Population Rises In Latest Census

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – New census figures released today show that Philadelphia has apparently reversed more than five decades of population decline.

Census figures based on the actual 2010 count — not estimates — show Philadelphia’s population rose about half-a-percent — about 8,000 people — since 2000. The increase isn’t big, but the fact that there’s an increase and not a decline is big, and Mayor Nutter quickly called a news conference to boast about it.

“I fully recognize that some of you might say, well that’s not a whole, whole lot of people — and I get that — but it’s all in a context,” Nutter said. “This is a precursor to a great future for our city.”

Philadelphia’s population has dropped steadily since 1950, when it was two million. The new figures, showing a city population of 1.526 million people, will be used for redistricting for federal, state and city elected offices.

More importantly, they census numbers will be the basis of federal funding going forward, as well as the city’s own PR efforts.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

Top Content On CBSPhilly


One Comment

  1. bottomline says:

    Seems to me, a growing population is something to rejoice about only when that growth consists of law abiding tax payers. We got the hype, where’s the beef?

  2. Nightman says:

    Nice aerial of philly without the Comcast Center and Cira Center!

  3. Spartacus says:

    The worst mothers in the world are having the most kids for the wrong reasons. Shame.

Comments are closed.

More From CBS Philly

Getaway Guide To Iconic Carousels
Getaway Summer Slopes

Watch & Listen LIVE