Census figures indicate Philadelphia's population has risen for the first time in 60 years.
According to federal data on Pennsylvania released Wednesday, Philadelphia's population rose by about 8,500 people from 2000 to 2010.
It was a small gain for the city of more than 1.5 million residents _ 0.6 percent. But Mayor Michael Nutter proclaimed the growth no small feat and "something that no mayor has been able to say since 1950."
Overall, the number of Pennsylvania residents increased 3.4 percent, to just over 12.7 million.
Among other Pennsylvania cities, Allentown and Reading shown major growth since the 2000 Census. Allentown grew by 10.7 percent, while Reading increased by 8.5 percent.
The population of Pittsburgh, the state's second-largest city, decreased 8.6 percent. Erie lost 1.9 percent.