New Report Reveals “White Flight” From Philly

A new population report reveals major changes in Philly’s racial demographic.

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative released a report based on an analysis of the census data for the city from 1990 to 2010.

According to the report, the white population in Northeast Philadelphia dropped from 92 percent in 1990 to 58.3 percent in 2010. Despite losing around one third of its white population, the overall population of the Northeast grew 5.4 percent according to the report.

While the white population in the Northeast fell, there was a significant increase in percentage for blacks, Hispanics and Asians.

The report says that the black population during that 20-year period in Northeast Philly rose from 3.4 to 18 percent. The Hispanic population rose from 2.3 to 13.9 percent. Finally, the Asian population rose from 2.1 to 7.3 percent.

In Philadelphia as a whole, the study found that the non-Hispanic white population fell by 31.9 percent. The total number of white residents lost during the period was 263,254, larger than Buffalo’s entire population.

The study also found that the black population has largely remained stable, growing only 3.3 percent from 1990 to 2010. However, the study also reveals a shift in the black population, with many moving away from areas in North and West Philly to Southwest Philly, Overbrook and the Lower Northeast.

You can read the entire report here.

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