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More people moving into Philadelphia

Philadelphia's annual population loss is shrinking, according to a new report.

Philadelphia's annual population loss is shrinking, according to a new report.

A new report says that the number of people moving into the Philadelphia region is growing quicker than the number moving out of it.

According to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative, the number of families bringing their moving bundles into the City of Brotherly Love has steadily increased over the past several years, while the number of families moving out has dropped. While more people are still choosing to leave, the changes mean that the city's 60-year population loss trend is slowing.

"These changes in migration patterns are significant, and they have gone largely unnoticed," said Larry Eichel, project director of the Philadelphia Research Initiative and the author of the report.

Among the many findings of the report is the rising number of families moving to Philadelphia from New York City, which more than doubled from 1993 to 2008, showing that many people who are priced out of the Big Apple are moving West.

Analysts told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the study reinforces the observation that the city is seeing an influx of empty-nesters and childless couples, adding that some families have chosen to move to the suburbs instead because of the city's troubled school system.