Philadelphia County is the most populated county in Pennsylvania and the 23rd most populated in the United States, just behind Middlesex, Massachusetts. Philadelphia is both its county seat and its most populous city in the county, as well as the 6th most populated city in the United States, with an estimated 1.5 million people. Philadelphia County borders the counties of Montgomery, Delaware, Camden in New Jersey, Bucks, and Burlington.
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Philadelphia County has a population of over 1.58 million people. The next most populated county in Pennsylvania is Allegheny, which has over 1.2 million people and is the 36th most populated county in the United States.
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The average age for residents in Philadelphia County was 34.4 in 2017, which is slightly older than 2016’s median age of 34. Those who were born in the United States and live in the county are generally younger than those who are foreign born - 33 years old vs. 42 years old.
There are more females than males living in the county, although not by much; 53% of the population are female and 47% are male. Out of 608,233 families, there are on average 2.5 persons per household, and only 34% of residents are married, which is 1.3 times the rate in both the state of Pennsylvania and the United States as a whole. If you’re searching for someone by name alone, consider they may have had a name change due to nuptials.
As of 2017, 13.3% of the population were born outside the country, which is up from 13% in 2016. However, this is lower than the national average of 13.7%. The largest ethnic group is Black/African American Alone. In fact, there are 1.19 times more Black/African American Alone residents (647,000 people) than any other race or ethnicity. The second and third most common ethnic groups are White Alone (546,000 people) and Hispanic/Latino (234,000 people). 93.4% of the population are citizens (up from 92.4% in 2016), which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. The three most common countries of origin are India, Dominic Republic, and China, and the three most spoken foreign languages are Spanish (10.7% or 158,237 speakers), Chinese (including Mandarin and Cantonese, 2.39% or 35,273 speakers), and Russian (0.876% or 12,921 speakers).
The median property value in 2017 was $166,200, which is 0.764 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. However, prices are increasing. In 2016, the median property value was $154,000, which is a 7.92% increase. Due to these prices, only 49% of the population owned a home in 2017, which is lower than the national average of 63.9% and is a decline from 52.1% in 2016. The median household income is $39,759, which is lower than it was in 2016 when it was $41,449. This is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the United States.
Philadelphia County employs 67,400 people, and the three largest industries are Health Care and Social Assistance, Educational Services, and Retail Trade, and the highest paying jobs are within the field of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services. To search for someone by their industry or occupation, utilize our yellow pages.
According to data from the 2010 census bureau, Philadelphia County is 134.10 square miles, meaning there are around 1,584,138 residents per square mile. The county is the 2nd smallest county in Pennsylvania by land area.
Since 1854, the county has been coextensive with the city of Philadelphia and is part of the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area, known as Delaware Valley (the valley through which the Delaware River flows). It’s located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers within the Northeast megalopolis and is the economic anchor of the Delaware Valley. The combined statistical area is also the 8th biggest in the United States, with a population of over 7.2 million people. The lowest point in the county is 10 feet above sea level near Fort Mifflin in Southwest Philadelphia at the convergence of the two rivers. The highest point is Chestnutt Hill near Evergreen Place.
Unfortunately, Philadelphia County is significantly higher than the national average for property crimes. On a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime), it rates 59.8, and United States average is 35.4. Property crime includes theft, burglary, arson, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. It’s worth noting however that property crime means there is no physical violence against the victim, i.e. these crimes are based on the owner being absent or asleep. In regards to violent crimes, Philadelphia County comes in at 64.4, which is again significantly higher than the national average of 22.7. If you have specific concerns about someone, run a background check to find out if they have a criminal record.
Official Name: Philadelphia County
Name Meaning: The county was named for the “Brotherly love” from Greek philos (“love”) and adelphos (“brother”). The name is shared with an ancient city in Asia Minor mentioned by the Bible’s Book of Revelation.
Year Formed: Philadelphia County was created in 1682 as one of the three original counties when William Penn received his charter for Pennsylvania from Charles II of England.
Total Sq Miles: 134.10