Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Population 2022

1,619,355
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Philadelphia is a city located in Delaware County and Philadelphia County Pennsylvania. It is also the county seat of Philadelphia County. With a 2020 population of 1,619,355, it is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the 6th largest city in the United States. Philadelphia is currently growing at a rate of 0.48% annually and its population has increased by 0.97% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,603,797 in 2020. Spanning over 143 miles, Philadelphia has a population density of 12,060 people per square mile.

The average household income in Philadelphia is $68,379 with a poverty rate of 23.07%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,084 per month, and the median house value is $171,600. The median age in Philadelphia is 34.4 years, 32.9 years for males, and 35.9 years for females.

Philadelphia is Pennsylvania's largest city, the second-largest city on the US's East Coast and the 5th most populous city in the US. It also has the designation of the only consolidated city-county in the state with a population that was 1,526,006 according to the last official census in 2010.

Philadelphia's estimated population of 1.556 million represents a substantial increase over the 2010 census. The city's population has been growing for seven years straight, and it's now the second-fastest growing county in the region.

This substantial population is even more significant when you consider the metropolitan area. Philadelphia is the center of the Delaware Valley, which is the 6th largest metro area in the United States with more than 6 million residents. The Philadelphia metro division is made up of 5 counties in the state with a population of 4 million.

Philadelphia Diversity

The largest ancestry groups in Philadelphia, according to the 2010 census, were: Irish (13.6%), Italian (9.2%), German (8.1%), Polish (4.3%) and English (2.9%).

Philadelphia is home to the second largest Italian, Irish and Jamaican-American populations in the country. It also has the 4th largest African-American community in the United States and created the first black denomination, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, before 1800. Philadelphia has the 6th largest population of Jewish people and the 4th largest population of Polish Americans.

As of 2008, the Philadelphia metropolitan area was home to over 500,000 immigrants, 1/5 of whom had arrived since 2000. This increased immigration by about 113,000 between 2000 and 2006, which is the same amount that entered during the entire 1990s. Immigrants now account for 10.9% of Philadelphia's population, and it's believed the area will once again become a popular destination for immigrants, which was common during the mid-20th century.

Philadelphia Population Growth

Philadelphia's population growth was stalled for some time, but this has finally reversed with positive growth for seven consecutive years. The last time Philadelphia posted such gains was from 1930-1950 when its population peaked just over 2 million.

The new growth in the area has even prompted the City Planning Commission to release two new district plans, as the CPC found that 51% of all jobs in the city are in the greater Center City and University Center, which are leading the growth.

The bad news is that Philadelphia still needs to make up the jobs for its growing population. The city's population dropped over the last four decades and those who left found employment outside the city. When Philadelphia lost a fifth of its citizens, it lost 25% of its jobs. It's estimated that population growth will continue to outpace job growth.

Philadelphia has many problems that must be addressed to see more significant growth, including one of the country's highest poverty rates, high crime rates, a declining real estate market and an unemployment rate above the nation's average.

It's still not known how much the city will continue its growth and if it can overcome these issues that hold back growth. Some projections place the Philadelphia population at 2.1 million by 2050, but time will tell.

The Philadelphia area was home to the Lenape (or Delaware) Indians in the Shackamaxon village before the arrival of Europeans. The first European settlements in the area were built by the Dutch, who constructed Fort Nassau in 1623 in what is now Brooklawn, New Jersey. The entire Delaware River Valley area that is now part of Philadelphia was considered part of the Dutch New Netherland colony.

Dutch settlers continued to spread through the valley, and the English eventually conquered the New Netherland colony by 1664. A charter from Charles II of England was given to William Penn in 1681 for what eventually became the Pennsylvania colony. The land was purchased from the Lenape people, and Penn named the new city Philadelphia. The town grew rapidly, in part due to Penn's insistence on allowing anyone to worship freely in the community, which led to better relationships with local Indian tribes than other colonies enjoyed.

Eventually, Benjamin Franklin helped to improve the city services in the area, founding one of the first hospitals in the American colonies. From 1790 to 1800, Philadelphia served as a temporary capital for the country, and Philadelphia was left with the largest population (approximately 50,000 people) by the turn of the 19th century.

Philadelphia Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Philadelphiawas:

  • Black or African American: 41.36%
  • White: 39.33%
  • Asian: 7.42%
  • Other race: 7.27%
  • Two or more races: 4.26%
  • Native American: 0.33%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is 1,619,355 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,603,797.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20105,970,9000.00%
20115,996,23025,3300.42%
20126,016,62020,3900.34%
20136,030,13013,5100.22%
20146,046,38016,2500.27%
20156,056,82010,4400.17%
20166,066,6609,8400.16%
20176,078,52011,8600.20%
20186,091,21012,6900.21%
20196,102,43011,2200.18%
20206,113,66011,2300.18%
20216,124,89011,2300.18%

Philadelphia Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White622,02739.33%
Black or African American654,09241.36%
American Indian and Alaska Native5,2550.33%
Asian117,2747.42%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5880.04%
Some Other Race114,9887.27%
Two or More Races67,3074.26%
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Philadelphia Population by Race

Philadelphia Population Pyramid 2022

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Philadelphia Median Age

34.6


Total

33.1


Male

36


Female

Philadelphia Adults

There are 1,237,657 adults, (217,403 of whom are seniors) in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

21.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Philadelphia Sex Ratio

Female

832,685

52.65%

Male

748,846

47.35%

Philadelphia Population by Age

Philadelphia Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Philadelphia Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72%28%
Male58%42%
All52.8%47.2%
Female48.6%51.4%
Non Family42.2%57.8%

52.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Philadelphia Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All613,1252.552.8
Married172,9903.3572
Male35,2383.5458
Female122,6703.7748.6
Non Family282,2271.342.2

3.4

Average Family Size

2.5

Average Household Size

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Philadelphia Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade56,8915.26%
9th to 12th Grade97,4539.00%
High School Graduate344,08331.79%
Some College180,95116.72%
Associates Degree64,8755.99%
Bachelors Degree194,20117.94%
Graduate Degree143,82913.29%
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Philadelphia Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Philadelphia Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White422,732391,435196,430
Asian81,04558,51131,895
2+ Races33,54330,15512,881
Islander460348161
Native American3,4192,592688
Black427,549368,33979,608
Hispanic132,15992,88422,842
Other Race67,24842,7276,141

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.60%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 46.47%.

Philadelphia Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,898$41,947$36,303
Less Than 9th Grade$24,277$27,136$21,152
High School Graduate$28,209$31,387$25,838
Some College$34,556$38,525$31,854
Bachelors Degree$52,020$57,909$48,046
Graduate Degree$66,531$73,765$63,084

$38,898

Average Earnings

$41,947

Average Male

$36,303

Average Female

Philadelphia Earnings by Educational Attainment

Philadelphia Language by Age

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Philadelphia Language

76.59% of Philadelphia residents speak only English, while 23.41% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.79% of the population.

Philadelphia Language

Philadelphia Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander57820936.16%
Hispanic234,21282,10935.06%
Black640,451177,42427.70%
Native5,1031,23524.20%
Asian112,84726,18323.20%
White519,18664,73012.47%
Other46,735NaN%
Multiple65,61712,60219.21%

23.07%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.81%

Male Poverty Rate

24.20%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Philadelphia

The race most likely to be in poverty in Philadelphia is Islander, with 36.16% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Philadelphia is Multiple, with 19.21% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.50%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.37%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 38.07%.

Philadelphia Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade35.70%
High School23.79%
Some College17.04%
Bachelors or Greater8.22%

Philadelphia Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed7.38%
Male Unemployed35.38%
Female Employed10.76%
Female Unemployed40.28%

Philadelphia Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Philadelphia Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$49,127$72,419
Families$58,090$83,963
Married Families$86,667$113,790
Non Families$35,827$55,901
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Income by Household Type

Philadelphia Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

30.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.5%

Male Marriage Rate

28.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Philadelphia Married by Age and Sex

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Philadelphia Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Philadelphia Marital Status by Race

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Philadelphia Marital Status

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56,232

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War9,739
First Gulf War7,931
Vietnam20,011
Korea4,333
World War II1,686

Philadelphia Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 344,354
35 to 5411,286
55 to 6411,692
65 to 7414,955
75+13,945

Philadelphia Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White25,8064.92%
Black26,0955.29%
Native American1614.17%
Asian1,1481.21%
Islander101.89%
Other Race1,6822.11%
2+ Races1,3303.24%
Hispanic3,5992.26%

Philadelphia Veterans by Race

Philadelphia Veterans by Education

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11.91%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.96%

Veteran Disability Rate

Philadelphia Veterans by Education

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61.6%

Labor Force Participation

56.1%

Employment Rate

8.8%

Unemployment Rate

Philadelphia Employment by Age

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Philadelphia Employment by Race

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Philadelphia Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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64.55%

Born in Philadelphia

85.72%

Native Born

14.28%

Foreign Born

6.93%

Non Citizen

7.35%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

85.72% of Philadelphia residents were born in the United States, with 64.55% having been born in Pennsylvania. 6.93% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Philadelphia Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
179028,5220.00%
180041,22012,6983.75%
181053,72212,5022.68%
182063,80210,0801.73%
183080,46216,6602.35%
184093,66513,2031.53%
1850121,37627,7112.63%
1860565,529444,15316.64%
1870674,022108,4931.77%
1880847,170173,1482.31%
18901,046,960199,7902.14%
19001,293,700246,7402.14%
19101,549,010255,3101.82%
19201,823,780274,7701.65%
19301,950,960127,1800.68%
19401,931,330-19,630-0.10%
19502,071,600140,2700.70%
19602,002,510-69,090-0.34%
19701,950,000-52,510-0.27%
19801,688,210-261,790-1.43%
19901,585,580-102,630-0.63%
20001,517,550-68,030-0.44%
20101,526,0068,4560.06%
20111,533,7857,7790.51%
20121,541,5647,7790.51%
20131,549,3437,7790.50%
20141,557,1227,7790.50%
20151,564,9017,7790.50%
20161,572,6807,7790.50%
20171,580,4597,7790.49%
20181,588,2387,7790.49%
20191,596,0177,7790.49%
20201,603,7977,7800.49%
20211,611,5767,7790.49%
20221,619,3557,7790.48%

Philadelphia Population by Year