Alfred Lubrano at the Inky has remarked on the findings of this Census survey reflecting a new pattern long-suspected since the 2010 census: the hardest-hit poor are leaving Philadelphia.
Specifically in Philadelphia our numbers have slightly improved. 6% of the population of those in deep poverty, those living below the Federal poverty line, have abandoned Philadelphia.
Per-capita Philadelphia household income rose by $1,000 over the course of 2011 to 2012, a rise of 4.3% and median family income in Philadelphia jumped $2,000 a year, a eye-popping rise of 4%. High income earners and immigrants have been replacing the native-born poor who have left.
The make-up of higher income families in Philly’s population has sharply increased. From 2011 to 2012 in the Census survey, families making $100-150K jumped 3.8%, $150K-200K families increased by a whopping 13.14%, and those families earning over $200K climbed 22%.
There are now over 10,000 households in Philly earning over $200K which is unheard of.
Meanwhile, in South Jersey and Delaware County incomes have dropped and deep poverty has sharply increased, leading to theories that deep-poverty households are decamping for the suburban counties.
The Census statistics are clearly showing that displacement of poor is certainly happening in Philadelphia. This also means that our tax base is recovering if not increasing in size and scope as the suburban counties shoulder a larger burden. This is good news for the City as it’s easier to cut larger slices of a growing tax base pie amongst a shrinking base of poverty; the reverse is true for our suburban counterparts.
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