While People Still Flock to Local Suburbia, Cell Phone Data Shows Some Are Opting to Return to Philadelphia

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Philadelphia has started regaining some of the population it lost during the pandemic-driven migration as some residents are opting to move back to the city from the suburbs, writes Jake Blumgart for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

According to an analysis of cell phone data, Philadelphia is one of the few major cities that is seeing its population rebound. The City of Brotherly Love is getting an influx of new residents from other city centers.

These include Manhattan (2.1 percent) and Brooklyn (2 percent), as well as surrounding suburbs.

A white paper from the data company Placer.ai shows that Philadelphia saw the highest influx of residents between April 2021 and April 2022 from Delaware County, where 6.2 percent of the city’s latest residents came from.

Bucks County is not far behind at six percent, while Chester County contributed 3.8 percent of the city’s newcomers.

However, even with the growing number of new residents, Philadelphia is still 2.5 percent lower than its baseline from January 2019.

Read more about who is choosing to relocate to Philadelphia in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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