Philadelphia’s Downtown Population is now the 2nd LargestMay 12, 2015 | by Brooke Willmes
It is no secret for many Philadelphians that our city has steadily grown in recent years. The City’s Walk Score ranks 4th in the nation; this year Philadelphia ranks 3rd on The New York Times list of places to visit in 2015 and recently, Conde Nast Traveler declared Philadelphia the 2nd best shopping city in the world. Philly is receiving love and recognition from all different places and it is well deserved.
Now, thanks to the State of Center City 2015 annual report, we know that central Philadelphia ranks second to only Midtown Manhattan when it comes to urban density. This means Philly’s center city population now ranks 2nd in the entire country in size of population among U.S down-towns. First time visitors are marveling at the city’s intimate, walkable scale, diverse architecture, shops, cafes and fantastic restaurant scene.
The area Philadelphia dubs greater Center City—which is 7.7. sq mile section extending from South Philadelphia to Fishtown, has seen a population growth by 16% since 200 and is now home to 183,240 residents.
Center City’s dining and retail have continued to expand with nearly 1,000 restaurants, eateries and bars. A record 369 outdoor cafes have animated sidewalks and the expansion of Parklets from University City to Passyunk should boost that number in the future. The Center City of old is not the Center City we think about nowadays: our focus is now on a larger area than the districts previously established footprint surrounding City Hall. This now larger area better reflects the current portrait of Philadelphia’s urban landscape.
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