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Why Cancer is More Common in Philadelphia

Surpassed by only heart disease, cancer is second leading cause of death in the United States. There are roughly 448 cases of cancer per 100,000 Americans, accounting for 22.5% of all deaths nationwide. In the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area, an estimated 512 out of every 100,000 residents have been diagnosed with cancer, higher than the national […]

Philadelphia Property Crime Rate Below Nation

There were 2,487 property crimes — larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft — reported per 100,000 Americans in 2015, an 11.6% decline from five years prior. The FBI estimates that property crime resulted in $14.3 billion in losses in 2015, down from $15.6 billion in 2011. For several centuries, crime has been more common in […]

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is the Largest Employer in Pennsylvania

Most state economies are relatively diverse, yet it is not uncommon for a single industry to have an outsized impact on the state’s economy and labor market. In some cases, a single company employs a significant share of the state’s workforce. State governments tend to be the largest employers in each state. There are more […]

Philadelphia No More Diverse Than Nation As a Whole

In America today, 62.8% of the population is white, and 12.2% is African American. Dense, urban cities tend to be more racially diverse than the country as a whole. In the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area, 63.9% of residents are white and 20.2% are African American. Wealth is often divided along racial lines. Nationwide, the typical white […]

Why Public Transit Use is More Common in Philadelphia

An estimated 5.2% of American workers commute on public transit. Larger, denser cities often require comprehensive public transportation systems that can reduce residents’ dependence on automobiles and help decrease traffic congestion, air pollution, and in some cases, travel time. In the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area, 9.7% of workers commute on public transit, larger than the national […]

Pennsylvania is Worse Than Most States For Business

For 83 straight months, nearly seven years, the U.S. private sector has added jobs. Unemployment has steadily declined and remains close to a 10-year low. And with investors confident about the economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through the 20,000 mark early this year. By these and other key measures, business in the United […]

The Comcast Center is Pennsylvania’s Tallest Building

Mankind has always sought to rise above the clouds, but it was not until the late 19th century that the technology became available to make what we commonly call skyscrapers today possible. In 1884, construction on the Home Insurance Building in Chicago was completed. It was 12 stories tall, which is practically diminutive by today‚Äôs […]

Why Residents of Pennsylvania Are Less Happy Than Residents of Other States

Nationwide, Americans’ well-being improved in 2016 compared to 2015 and 2014. While many enjoy comfortable, healthy, and happy living and take their well-being for granted, not all Americans enjoy such standards. For many, hardship, pain, and despair can be a part of life as for them basic elements of well-being remain elusive. The well-being of […]

Why Violent Crime is More Common in Philadelphia

There were an estimated 1.2 million murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults in the United States in 2015. The violent crime rate of 373 incidents per 100,000 Americans rose 3.1% from 2014. In the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area, there were 460 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, higher than the violent crime rate statewide of 315 incidents […]

Philadelphia Residents No More Obese Than the Average American

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area, the obesity rate is […]

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