Joined the programme in 2019

Philadelphia joined the Cities Changing Diabetes programme in 2019. Through the programme, more than 100 health, faith, business and community leaders from across the city are working together to develop new ways to change the trajectory of diabetes in Philadelphia.

The diabetes challenge in Philadelphia


of people with diabetes globally live in urban areas, and the highest growth in diabetes is expected to happen in these urban settings.


Among the top 10 most populous cities in the US, Philadelphia ranks 4th in diabetes prevalence, with 12,7% rate.1,2,3


In Philadelphia, nearly 1 million adults will be estimated to have diabetes in 2030. That is enough to fill the seats at Lincoln Financial Field over 14 times.

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United States Census Bureau. American Fact Finder. Annual estimates of the resident population for incorporated places of 50,000 or more, ranked by July 1, 2018 population. Accessed September 19, 2019.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 500 cities project: local data for better health. Interactive city map. Available at Accessed August 26, 2019.


Refers to diagnosed diabetes in adults >= 18 years old from 2016.