Immigration in Greater Philadelphia

Greater Philadelphia’s population became more diverse between 2010 and 2018, continuing the trend observed in Immigration in Greater Philadelphia, 2012. Greater Philadelphia’s foreign-born population has grown and changed rapidly since the mid-2000s. The 2021 Snapshot update examines the foreign-born population in Greater Philadelphia using 2010 and 2018 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. It analyzes household demographic variables, such as median household income, educational attainment, and occupation relative to native households in the region.

Below are DVRPC’s most recent reports. 


Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable: How Immigrant Businesses Can Bring New Vitality to Downtown Retail Districts
  • In October 2015, DVRPC held an event about how immigrant businesses can bring new vitality to downtown retail districts. The event featured presentations by Christina Arlt, AICP and Emily Costello, AICP of DVRPC's Office of Smart Growth. David Dyssegaard Kallick, the Director of the Immigration Research Initiative at the Fiscal Policy Institute gave a presentation about his report, Bringing Vitality to Main Street. Lorissa Luciani, PP, AICP, the Deputy Director of Community Development for Cherry Hill Township, gave a presentation about immigrants in Cherry Hill Township.
Regional Community and Economic Development Forum
  • In October 2013, DVRPC hosted an event about the role of immigrants in the regional economy.  It featured presentations about recently released DVRPC publications about immigration by Mary Bell and Christina Arlt, AICP. Amanda Bergson-Shilcock from the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians gave a presentation about Immigrant Workers & Entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia Region. Elisabeth Perez-Luna of WHYY moderated a panel including Jennifer Rodriguez from the Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, Domenic Vitiello from the University of Pennsylvania, and Nicholas Montalto of Diversity Dynamics, LLC. The biographies for the speakers [0.1 MB pdf], a summary of the event [0.1 MB pdf], and the presentations [4.2 MB pdf] are available.
  • In October 2015, DVRPC held an event about the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Daniel Miles, PhD, of Econsult Solutions, Inc. provided an overview of the use of EB-5 funding in Greater Philadelphia. Michael Boyer of DVRPC moderated a panel that included Anne Bovaird Nevins of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Nikolaus Grieshaber of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and Ahsan Nasratullah of the Global City Regional Center. The agenda, speaker bios [0.1 MB pdf], and highlights [0.1 MB pdf] from the event are available.
Air Quality Partnership
Annual Report
Connections 2050
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)
Economic Development District