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Philadelphia Pennsylvania Population Information, Arrest Statistics, and History

Philadelphia or Philly, as it is fondly called is the largest city in the U.S. state and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is also the sixth most populous city in the nation with an estimated population of 1,580,863.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania History

An English Quaker, William Penn founded the city in 1682 for it to serve as capital to Pennsylvania colony. The city of Philadelphia played a key role in the American Revolution as it was the place of meeting for the founding fathers of the United States who went on to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787.

It was also the site to many other important events during the Revolutionary War such as the Battle of Germantown, the First Continental Congress, the preservation of the Liberty Bell and the Siege of Fort Mifflin. It was one of the nation's capital during the War and also served as stand-in capital while Washington D.C. was still in construction in the 19th century. In time, it became a major industrial and railroad hub.

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Philadelphia Pennsylvania Population Information

As far as the 2017 United States Census Bureau is concerned, the population of Philadelphia can be pegged at 1,580,863 people. A 3.6% hike in the population has been noticed since the last census conducted in 2010. The population of Philly has always been in flux. A record high population of 2,071,605 was counted in the 1950 Census but soon after the population experienced a decline. It dropped as low as 1,488,710 in 2006 before ascending again. Roughly 92,153 residents were added in the period between 2006 and 2017.

In 2015, the study conducted by the Census Bureau estimated the racial composition of the city. 41.5% of its population was estimated to be Black, 35.8% were estimated to be White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, 6.8% were thought to be Asian, 0.2% Native Americans, 0.03% Pacific Islanders and 2% of multiracial descent. The five largest European ancestries as recorded in the 2010 Census, were those of – Italian, German, Irish, Polish and English.

The average population density was estimated to be 11,782 people per square mile in 2017. Philadelphia’s millennial and immigrant population is on the rise. The city is very LGBT friendly and has some businesses, restaurants, and bars catering to its significant queer population. The African American population of Philadelphia is also the third highest in the entire nation, after New York and Chicago.

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Philadelphia Pennsylvania Crime and Arrest Statistics

The highest rate of violent crime in Philadelphia is centered around Frankford, Kensington, and districts to the North, West, and Southwest of Center City. It has a violent past with an average of 600 murders occurring for each year in the 90s. The murder count dropped in 2002, rose again by a slight margin in 2006 and dropped again in 2007. Since then, it has witnessed an overall drop in violent crime. A 40% decrease in the number of murder cases was reported from 2006 to 2013. The homicide rate in 2017 was 317.

It was ranked as the 76th Most Dangerous City in America according to FBI data obtained in 2016.

In 2014, Philadelphia decriminalized possession of marijuana in small amounts, reduced penalties for possession and public use to negligible fines and community service. It became the largest city in the U.S. to do so.


The city of Philadelphia has played a crucial part in the American Revolution. It is a city steeped in culture and history. Well, known for its arts and music scene – it is low on violent crime and overall a safe city to find yourself in.

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