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Philadelphia, March 14, 2013 – 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).
Those of you who are aware of things like Frankford Hall and the West Philly Tool Exchange know that this is more or less on pace with the rise of Transplantadelphia, that magical uwishunu-ish place where, by 2035, no one who was born here will live here. But let’s not let the isolationist O.G. Philly dread get the better of us: We all know that this is actually great — fantastic, even — news, reversing a trend of decades and decades when, year after year, the city lost people. But the pace at which new Philadelphians are being admitted is, at this point, surprising even the experts. Philadelphia City Planning Commission Executive Director Gary Jastrzab added, “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.”
Something tells me we’re gonna need a lot more gourmet donuts and vests.
UPDATE: Some updated numbers for you: “The current estimated population is 1,547,607. In 2011, Philadelphia’s population was estimated to be 1,538,567. According the 2010 U.S. Census, Philadelphia’s population was 1,526,006.”
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