Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA

The Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area, also known as Delaware Valley, is the largest city in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is located towards the southern end of the Northeast megalopolis extending from Boston to Washington, D.C.

According to the 2010 census Philadelphia posted its first population increase in over fifty years at 0.6%. Each subsequent year has seen an increase in the overall population. Current projection show a consistent increase in the population over the next ten years. Philadelphia is home to many different people groups, and the immigrant population is currently increasing at a greater rate than the overall population each year. Recent city redevelopment, and an improved waterfront have attracted many wealthy foreign investors to relocate to Philadelphia.

Although numerically the city itself contains the largest population of immigrants, the population increase among immigrants is greater in the suburban area. This had led to a greater isolation of people groups in the metro area.

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Total Population: 6,069,875

(An increase of 1.75 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 393,290
  • Language Spoken at Home - 561,218

[Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • Immigrants currently comprise approximately 10.9% of the total population of Philadelphia.

  • Approximately 60% of all foreign-born people living in Philadelphia arrived after 1990.

  • Philadelphia is home to the second largest Italian, Irish and Jamaican-American populations in the country.

  • People Groups of Bangladesh descent grew the fastest among all ethnic groups, more than quadrupling between 2000 and 2010.

  • The Chinese people makeup the largest people group with a population of nearly 33,000 including Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Taiwanese.

  • At least 1/3 of people groups from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Bangledesh are youth.

  • Between 2000 and 2010, both Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders populations grew significantly, increasing 43% and 32%, respectively. In contrast, the city's total population grew just 1% over the same period.

  • The largest ancestry groups in Philadelphia, according to the 2010 census, were: Irish (13.6%), Italian (9.2%), German (8.1%), Polish (4.3%) and English (2.9%)

  • 7% of the foreign-born population are from Africa, most of which come from Nigeria, Liberia, Ethiopia, and Ghana

  • Since the late 1990's an estimated 3,300 refugees have come to Philadelphia from Liberia, which is more than from any other country.


Many cities in the Northeast have long been immigrant gateways, the Philadelphia Metro Area is one such city. The Metro Area diversity was established over a century ago by immigrants who created vibrant ethnic enclaves. Today those whose families have been in the United States for generations are joined by the newly arrived from throughout the world. Over time it experienced dramatic growth and became more diverse, evolving with the arrival of new immigrants from Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asia.

Philadelphia’s racial dynamics have historically been defined in terms of Black and White. But the role that Asian Americans and Latinos—especially immigrants and refugees—are playing in the (re)making of this de-industrialized city became undeniable with the release of 2010 Census data. From 2000-2010 Chinese population grew 71%, South Asian Indian population grew 47%, and the Vietnamese population grew 25%. The present day metro area is home to Chinese (Mandarin), Karen (Sgaw), Cambodian (Khmer), Vietnamese, Guamanian or Chamorro.

The Chinese comprise the largest ethnic people group and are primarily located in south Philadelphia. The Chinese people have a large influence on the city's cultural and economic realms. Philadelphia boasts one of the five largest Chinatowns in The United States which takes up over five city blocks.

People Group Highlights

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PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
MexicanMexicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic29,395
CubanCubaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic2,474
BarbadianBarbadosAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity - Protestant1,374
HaitianHaitiAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity8,919
JamaicanJamaicaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity11,276
TrinidadianTrinidad and TobagoAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity4,672
SalvadoranEl SalvadorAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal1,652
GuatemalanGuatemalaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic3,621
BrazilianBrazilAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal4,517
ColombianColombiaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic5,285
PeruvianPeruAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,837
VenezuelanVenezuelaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,211
DominicanDominican RepublicAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal10,924
Costa RicanCosta RicaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,958
ArgentineArgentinaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,490
PanamanianPanamaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity1,095
Puerto RicanPuerto RicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic122,000
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam2,830
TurkTurkeyCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam - Sunni4,371
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism2,669
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant20,592
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism27,000
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic20,593
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox13,227
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox6,528

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Ethnic Links

Nationalities Service Center (NSC) - a non-profit organization that provides social, educational and legal services to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Demographics of Philadelphia - an article on the various ethnic groups in the municipality of Philadelphia.

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