Philadelphia’s Population Increases In 2012

Since the 2010 Census was taken, the City of Philadelphia experienced a population growth of .6 percent, an  increase of about 9,040 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. These findings are the result of the 2012 Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program (PEP).

“Philadelphia keeps moving in the right direction,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “The dynamism, innovation and diversity of our population is attracting new people to Philadelphia and encouraging residents to want to stay in one of the greatest cities in America. We are proud of the increase in population and continue to take steps to ensure that people want to live here.”

The PEP program produces estimates of the population for the United States, its states, counties, cities, and towns, as well as for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its municipios. These estimates are used in federal funding allocations, as survey controls, as denominators for vital rates and per capita time series, and as indicators of recent demographic changes.

“Philadelphia is a city that is in demand and continues to grow,” said Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger.  “With new exciting companies starting here, students staying here after receiving a world-class education, and a growing, diverse population, Philadelphia is a city of choice.  Welcome to all of the newcomers, we hope you feel at home!”

Philadelphia City Planning Commission Executive Director Gary Jastrzab added, “These are annual population estimates made by the Census Bureau, based on administrative records, such as birth and death certificates, data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and other sources. Because Philadelphia is both a city and a county, we get a preview of our annual estimate. Estimates for other cities won’t be available until May. An increase of 9,040 new Philadelphians continues our population turnaround beginning in the last decade, and is actually a little ahead of the City Planning Commission staff’s forecasted growth for the short- and long-term in our Philadelphia2035 comprehensive plan. Should this trend continue, we will have to adjust our forecast upward.”

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