Center City District Reports Philadelphia’s Downtown Population Is Now The Second Largest In The Entire Country

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Thanks to a recent uptick in population, Center City District reports that Philadelphia’s downtown is now the second-most-populated in the country. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s no secret to us that Philadelphia has steadily grown as a thriving metropolis in recent years — the city’s Walk Score ranks fourth in the nation, The New York Times ranked Philadelphia #3 on its list of the 52 best places to visit in 2015 and Condé Nast Traveler declared Philadelphia the #2 best shopping city in the world.

Now, thanks to Center City District’s annual report the State of Center City 2015, we know that central Philadelphia now ranks second only to Midtown Manhattan when it comes to urban density.

Yup, greater Center City Philadelphia’s population now ranks second in the entire county in size of population among U.S. downtowns.

The 7.7-square-mile section extending from South Philadelphia to Fishtown — the area that Center City District dubs greater Center City — has grown in population by 16% since 2000, and is now home to 183,240 residents.

A follow-up on the annual report on notes that the area Center City District now focuses on is larger than the district’s previously established footprint surrounding City Hall, but according to the district’s chief executive Paul Levy, that larger area better reflects the current portrait of Philadelphia’s urban landscape.

The annually produced document goes on to offer up a progress report of Philadelphia’s downtown, calling out advancements in healthcare and education, conventions, tourism and hotels, arts, culture and civic life, retail, employment, transportation and access, sustainability, downtown living and other developments.

For the complete State of Center City 2015, check right here.


(Greater) Center City’s population second only to Midtown Manhattan’s []

State of Center City 2015 [Center City District]


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