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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 1,571,860 as of July 1, 2016. Philadelphia ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Philadelphia is located at latitude 40.0094 and longitude -75.1333 in Philadelphia County. The formal boundaries for the City of Philadelphia (see map below) encompass a land area of 134.11 sq. miles and a water area of 8.6 sq. miles. Philadelphia County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 46 feet.

The City of Philadelphia (GNIS ID: 1215531) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Philadelphia population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Philadelphia: Coaquannock, Filadelfia, Filadelfija, Ga-na-ta-jen-go-na, Quequenakee, Tsi wahswèn:to Tekahsó:ken.

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Philadelphia, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,571,860
Population in Households 1,514,237
Population in Familes 1,112,629
Population in Group Qrtrs 57,623
Population Density1 11,721
Diversity Index2 74


Total Households 615,818
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 345,868
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 685,088 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 321,037 (46.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 294,781 (43.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 69,270 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $150,935
Average Home Value $193,119


Median Household Income $38,145
Average Household Income $57,438
Per Capita Income $23,072
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.47% 0.49%
Households 0.42% 0.46%
Families 0.26% 0.36%
Median Household Income   -0.61%
Per Capita Income   1.65%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Philadelphia, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Philadelphia to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 4 100th
Diversity Index2 # 18 99th
Median Household Income # 1466 17th
Per Capita Income # 1172 34th

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