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Pa. loses 40,000 people as Southern states gain

Pennsylvania lost around 40k residents between July 2021 and July 2022, according to newly released Census data.

  • It’s only around 0.3% of the population (just under 13M), and Pa. is still the fifth-largest state, but only three states lost more people. Philly’s population also dropped 0.3%, though Center City grew.

The U.S. population increased by 0.4% overall. States that gained the most were all in the South: Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona.

Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

Test your local knowledge with the latest BP Quizzo quiz

Our most recent BP Quizzo was hosted at Hawthornes Beer Cafe in Bella Vista, and sponsored by Mighty Writers.

  • The literacy nonprofit teaches thousands of kids to read and write. Its NEA Big Read grant focused on “Infinite Country” by Patricia Engel,  and everyone who answered a bonus Q got a copy.

After regular play — three rounds of trivia questions about Philly’s past, present, and future -Team Guacadelphia came out on top with 21/24 correct. Now it’s your turn. Without using Google, can you beat the high score?

BP Quizzo at Hawthornes with Mighty Writers Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

RECAP: What else happened?

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Street art stickers in Philadelphia Credit: Mark Henninger / Imagic Digital

Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 33: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 20 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 2,264: Shooting victims this year, 2% down from last year’s pace. [PCGVR]
  • 510: Year-to-date homicides, 7% down from last year’s pace; up 64% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]


No indication what Mayor Kenney’s up to on the last Wednesday of 2022. He did a year-end interview with a couple of news outlets, including WHYY. Maintaining he won’t resign and will keep trying hard every day, the mayor pointed to positive press from national outlets as proof the city is rising again under his watch.


? To celebrate Kwanzaa, Lucien Blackwell Library hosts a “Taste of Africa” pop-up with free food and reflections on the meaning of Ujima — collective work and responsibility. (2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28)

?? Franky Bradley’s dance floor features a burlesque show billed as “A Celebration of Nerds.” Tickets are $15. (8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28)