Good news! The exodus of people from Philadelphia has finally shifted into reverse. Well, maybe. The proof will be in official census figures that have yet to be released. But a new Pew Charitable Trusts survey reports that positive trend.
If Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative proves correct, public officials and agencies will want to address areas where more needs to be done to sustain population growth.
It almost goes without saying that reducing crime and improving public education will attract residents. But two other key areas are tax policy, which also might be self-evident, and immigration, which might not be.
The Pew study, based on Internal Revenue Service data, said the number of people moving into Philadelphia increased steadily from 31,837 in 1993 to 42,250 in 2008. Meanwhile, the annual outflow of residents fell from 20,284 in 1995 to only 9,846 in 2008.