The Great Millennial Migration into the inner-city streets of Philadelphia is strong, but not permanent, a new report suggests.
The PEW Charitable Trust, a research initiative, released a report Tuesday that examines the size of Philadelphia’s so-called Millennial population, education level, location and their attitudes about the city.
The report shows that since 2006, the city has seen a significant increase in the amount of young people between the ages of 20 and 34 years old who inhabit the city.
But the report calls the population — which typically flocks to Manayunk, Roxborough, East Falls and the Kensington and Fishtown areas — "fragile."
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According to surveys and focus groups Pew conducted with young adults living in the city, more than half of them surveyed said they definitely or probably would leave Philadelphia within the next five to 10 years.
The reasons: overall lack of career opportunities, crime, public safety, cleanliness and the quality of public education.
According to the report, 36 percent of the Millennials surveyed would recommend Philadelphia as a place to raise children, while 56 percent said they would not.
“The strong growth in the population of young adults in Philadelphia offers promise for the future vitality of the city,” said Larry Eichel, director of Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative and the author of the report, in a news release.
“However, our research highlights that many millennials are poised to leave," he said.
Eichel raises a key rhetorical question: How does the city keep young adults here, and convince them to set down roots?
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