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i searched this thread and could not find anything particular to this question. hope i am not being repetative. any info? thanks.
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population of 1 million or more.
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A million, huh? At the current murder rate how long will it take for the population of Philly to go below that?
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State law categorizes local governments (including counties and school districts) in varying classes, based on population. There are no less than nine classes of county and five classes of school district, for example. There is only one class of borough, but there are two classes of township ... Upper St. Clair and everyone else. (But I kid, Upper St. Clair. Again, these classes are based on population alone.)

As for cities, there are four classes, three of which have only one city apiece. To be a city of the first class -- or as my people call it, "Philadelphia" -- you must have one million people or more. Second-class cities, a.k.a. Pittsburgh, have between 250,000 and 1 million people. A third category is reserved to cities of between 80,000 and 250,000 that decide they want the form of government -- not to mention the raw sex appeal -- of being designated a "second class city A." The sole city in this category is Scranton.

Every other city is "third class" -- which state law defines as having fewer than 250,000 people who have "not elected to become a city of the second class A." Not surprisingly, lots of places have chosen not to be grouped with Scranton: There are more than 50 third-class cities, including the Mon Valley towns of Clairton, Duquesne and McKeesport.
Current popualtion is roughly: 1,517,550
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I thought it was a half a million but I could be wrong.
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Philadelphia, It's classy I tell ya, classy!
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A million, huh? At the current murder rate how long will it take for the population of Philly to go below that?
First off, generally the media does not give a homicide rate, they give a homicide count. A rate would actually give you some idea of the risk of being killed in a certain year, a count does not.

The media also varies its coverage from time period to time period. With all the media coverage last year, you would of thought that the city blew its historical murder count record of all time. It did not. Philly's record is 503 homicides in 1990. It hasn't come close to that amount in the past few years, yet the media made it sound like dooms day hit Philadelphia with the coverage the last few years.

I just demonstrated the power of the media on peoples minds.
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population of 1 million or more.
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