PCPC staff and partner City agencies created a series of existing conditions memos to kick off the Lower Northeast District Plan. Read our existing conditions memos.
Lower Northeast District at a Glance
The Lower Northeast District covers 5.92 square miles and has a total population of 100,232. The Lower Northeast gained over 10,000 new residents over the past 20 years, making it one of the fastest growing and most diverse districts in the City of Philadelphia. The district includes the neighborhoods of Frankford, Northwood, Summerdale, Lawncrest, and Oxford Circle.
Between 1990 and 2010, the population of the Lower Northeast increased by 11 percent, mostly due to increased household sizes. Dramatic shifts in racial composition transformed the Lower Northeast into one of the most racially and ethnically diverse districts in the City. Over the same period, there was a decline in homeownership, an increase in average family size, and an increase in households living in poverty.
The Citywide Vision projects that Philadelphia will gain 100,000 residents by 2035. The Lower Northeast District is expected to grow at a modest rate of approximately five percent bringing the total population from 100,232 to 106,000 by 2035.
The Lower Northeast District has seen decades of reduced industrial activity and employment, especially noticeable in Frankford where manufacturing and warehousing has declined sharply. However, the industrial district centered around the Naval Support Activity (NSA) facility continues to be an important economic generator. Military and industrial employment accounts for 46 percent of the 25,000 jobs in the district, allowing the Lower Northeast to make significant contributions to employment in the region. However, unemployment in the district has increased from nine percent to over 15 percent in the past ten years.