The Region's Communities

The Region's Communities 

The Philadelphia region is both a region and a collection of over 350 separate cities, towns, townships, and boroughs, not to mention communities and neighborhoods within those places. While all share in its fortunes and identity, the region is a varied and complex combination of different-sized communities, with varying histories, growth patterns, and general living conditions. The indicators portray the communities' variety and the changes they have experienced in recent years.

Communities MAPCommunities in Metropolitan Philadelphia Region (view Map)

Indicator 1.1: Regional community variety 
Indicator 1.2: Population change, 1980–2004 
Indicator 1.3: Housing density
Indicator 1.4: Building permits, 1980–2004 
Indicator 1.5: Leading development sites, 2000–2004

Indicator 1.1: Regional community variety
Indicator 1.2: Population change 2000-2003
Indicator 1.3: Population density
Indicator 1.4: Building permits/growth centers
Indicator 1.5: Land cover

Indicator 1.1: The region’s population centers
Indicator 1.2: Uneven growth, 1970–2000 
Indicator 1.3: Community variety
Indicator 1.4: Housing construction permits
Indicator 1.5: Development pressure points

Additional Publications

Migration of Young, Single and College Educated: 1995 to 2000

Young adults, defined here as those between the ages of 25 and 39, constitute a large share of migrants. Their migration choices may be influenced by housing or employment preferences, or simply preferences for a particular set of local amenities. Occasionally, the places they choose may even be those that other migrants are leaving. For these reasons, the migration levels, patterns, and destinations of young people are examined in this report. Published by the U.S. Census Bureau, 2003.

Additional Resources

Seamless Data Distribution, U.S. Geological Survey

Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission