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The Dripby Brew Editors4:09 pmApr 5, 20120

While Baltimore vows to grow, Philadelphia’s already done it

New U.S. Census Bureau estimates for the city of Philadelphia are out and their mayor is crowing about them:

They indicate the city has grown since the 2010 census, with a July 1 population of 1,536,471. The additional 10,465 people represent a 0.7 percent jump from the census count taken two years ago.

“It shows a continuing trend of population growth, and it’s just one more sign that Philadelphia is a place where people want to live, work and raise a family,” Mayor Michael Nutter said Wednesday, according to philly.com.

Meanwhile, down the road in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has made increasing the city’s population (by 10,000 families in the next 10 years) the official goal of her administration.

Baltimore lost about 30,000 people between 2000 and 2010, a 4.6% drop. That was an improvement on the previous decade, when the city lost 84,860 people.

Until government estimates come out, Baltimore’s population currently stands at the 2010 census total of 620,961. (It peaked at nearly a million in 1950.)

A closer look at the Philadelphia estimates shows that the city’s growth spurt from April 2010 to July 2011 was mainly due to an increase in births. When it comes to in- and out-migration, the city had a net decrease of about 650 people, the data showed.

Still, the new estimates are a continuation of the growth trend shown by the 2010 census. By contrast with Baltimore, Philadelphia showed a slight net gain during the 2000 to 2010 period, adding 8,456 residents.

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