Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Increased population in Philly

Philadelphia has always been one of the great east coast cities in my opinion. While it has always been in the shadow of NYC, it has some great housing stock, excellent walking neighborhoods, some good parks, and a mass transit system. It has the foundation to be a great city once again, but Philly has been a city with declining jobs, population, and lack of political will to make the needed changes.

It seems good news that the new census shows that population has increased in Philadelphia.

For the first time in 59 years, the city of Philadelphia actually increased its population in 2008, according to an official annual estimate made for metropolitan areas. That was the decision by the U.S. Census Bureau, which accepted a challenge to its previous estimate, one that indicated another decline.

The new number, representative of the city’s population on July 1, 2008, is 1,540,351. That’s about 93,000 more people than the Census Bureau had originally estimated. More importantly, it’s 23,000 more people than the city officially had on its books according the main census from the year 2000.

Congrats Philly, I hope this is a spark for brighter days ahead.