Census: Philadelphians Are Moving to Montgomery County

The new conventional wisdom doesn’t necessarily apply here.

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Despite the fact that the American Dream has changed, and no longer necessarily signifies the white picket fence and 2.5 children living in the ’burbs, a Census report that was recently released includes Philadelphia and Montgomery County in the top 25 “pairs of counties with the largest number of people moving from the origin to the destination, minus people moving in the other direction,” according to Business Insider. (Net annual population flow from Philadelphia County to Montco between 2007 and 2011: 5,236.)

This means that large numbers of Philly residents left the city between 2007 and 2011 specifically to live in Montgomery County.


What would account for this move? Here's our one-word hypothesis: schools.

Americans Are Still Moving To The Suburbs

  • DTurner

    I would be interested in knowing as to where these families are moving. Lower Merion is a very different place from Oaks. Nevertheless, I don’t think we have really reached the tipping point that will really start the movement towards cities and inner suburbs, at least here in the Philadelphia area; that’s probably a decade or so down the road as the infrastructure costs of the more outer suburbs start to rise.

  • davide

    The feds put the cuffs on the union goons today. That’s a big step to fixing the city. The other local goons might rethink their behavior. Now if the city’s younger new residents would only supplant the dopes running the city.

    • Christopher Sawyer

      The Feds put the cuffs to 10 people of the Ironworkers 401 Local. That’s not even the most dominant politically-active union in Philadelphia (that would be IBEW Local 98). While this will certainly cause a very BIG cash drain for the Ironworkers and affiliate locals who might be asked to chip in to help pay for defense… it also might not and the mother affiliate might let these 10 hang out to dry while others quickly in-fill… it will be small potatoes to the likes of Johnny Doc, Pat Gillespie, etc.

  • kimada

    Aside from schools it probably has a lot to do with all the emphasis on houses and real estate and renovations (all those shows on TV – if I hear the term “open concept” one more time I’m going to scream). After this winter, though, I’ll take an urban environment where you don’t have to drive or worry about losing electric power (at least not to the degree in the suburbs). Bad winter weather is rough on everyone but I still think it’s easier to deal with in the city.