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Philadelphia Residents Lead Equally Sedentary Lives as Adults Nationwide

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two or more sessions of muscle strengthening activities. However, a large share of Americans do not exercise at all outside of getting up and going to work, and that share has […]

Pennsylvania is Less Healthy Than Most States

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Life Expectancy in Philadelphia On Par With Nation

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD metro area, life expectancy is 78.1 years at birth, lower than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Pennsylvania, life expectancy […]

Pennsylvania is America’s 9th Worst Run State

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Owning a Home is More Common in Philadelphia

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area, 67.2% of residents own their homes, higher than the national homeownership rate and the third lowest of any metro area in Pennsylvania. Young Americans are […]

Poverty Rate in Philadelphia Below National Level

An estimated 13.1% of residents in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area live below the poverty line, a smaller share than the national poverty rate of 14.7% and roughly similar to the state’s poverty rate of 13.2%. Philadelphia has the eighth highest poverty rate of any Pennsylvania metro area. A high school education can mean the difference […]

Why Students in Pennsylvania Graduate College With More Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Why Philadelphia Residents Spend More Time Commuting

The average resident of the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area spends 29.6 minutes commuting to work, longer than both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 26.8 minutes. Philadelphia residents have the second longest commute of any metro area in Pennsylvania. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the distance […]

Philadelphia Residents More Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 17.8% of adults in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area smoke, slightly higher than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 19.9% statewide smoking rate. Philadelphia’s smoking rate is the fourth lowest in Pennsylvania. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United […]

Why Philadelphia Has One of the Highest Robbery Rates

The FBI defines robbery as the taking, or the attempted taking, of anything of value from someone by force, threat of violence, or fear. Most robberies involve the use of a firearm and yield $1,190 worth of goods on average. There were 327,374 robberies reported nationwide in 2015 — 102 per 100,000 Americans. Crime and […]

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