Economic Diversity in Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods

Posted by Pew Charitable Trusts on January 29, 2018

Our recent report on Philadelphia poverty, “Philadelphia’s Poor: Who They Are, Where They Live, and How That Has Changed,” found that about 60 percent of the city’s 372 residential census tracts had a poverty rate of at least 20 percent in 2016. Even so, there is more economic diversity in many of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods than that sobering statistic might suggest.

For this analysis of the city’s economic mix, we used census data to divide all city households into four income groups: low income, which we defined as less than $25,000: moderate income, $25,000 to $49,999; middle income, $50,000 to $99,999; and high income, $100,000 and above. The four groups represent 34 percent, 25 percent, 25 percent, and 16 percent of Philadelphia households, respectively.

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