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South Philadelphia Information

South Philadelphia, nicknamed South Philly, is the section of Philadelphia bounded by South Street to the north, the Delaware River to the east and south, and the Schuylkill River to the west. A diverse community, South Philadelphia is known for its large Italian American population.

In 2010, the area’s population was 168,782. It is home to a diverse population of Italian Americans, Irish Americans, African Americans, and Mexican Americans, with a growing population of Cambodian Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Chinese Americans, and Central Americans. Many residents have lived in the neighborhood for decades. Many family-owned businesses are found in South Philadelphia.

On January 22, 2010 the Associated Press said “South Philadelphia has been growing more diverse for decades, but the last 20 years have seen the greatest influx of Asian and Hispanic families.” David Elesh, a Temple University urban sociologist, said that of the almost 60,000 Philadelphia residents who reported being born in China, many lived in South Philadelphia.

As of the 2010 Census, there are 168,782 people in 78,440 housing units. The population density is 16,771 people per square mile. 46.6% of the population is male, and 53.4% is female. The South Philadelphia area comprises the zip codes of 19145, 19146, 19147, and 19148.

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