The U.S. Census Bureau has released its population estimates for 2012 and it shows Philadelphia gaining population for the 6th consecutive year. In 2012, Philadelphia gained 9,040 people for a total population of 1,547,607. Thank goodness! This means that since the 2010 census, it’s estimated that we’ve gained over 21,000 residents. This makes us the second fastest growing county in the region!
As a part of our city’s comprehensive plan, Philadelphia2035, we estimated that the city’s population would grow by 100,000 between 2010 and 2035. Since the 2010 decennial census, Philadelphia has made great strides in achieving this goal.
Now, as the Planning Commission, we would love to have good planing and our first comprehensive plan in 50 years take all the credit, but we know that Philadelphia’s growth can be attributed to a lot of factors from national demographic trends, to economics, to our city’s “good bones”, and just to how creative, entrepreneurial, and strong Philadelphians can be.
But where do we think these new Philadelphians are living? Are there particular neighborhoods that are growing? Until the next decennial census we won’t know the answer for sure, but we’ve looked at new construction building permits for the past year to provide a visual snapshot of where our many thousands of new-found residents are creating demand for new and more housing options. The map below represents 4,853 permits for new construction alone. When you add in alterations and additions, this number soars to some 55,000 permits!