Which topics were our most-visited during 2015? Our statistics reveal some patterns: The political season seems to have had an impact on readership of topics related to immigration and nativism. We also see heavy use of topics related to Philadelphia's decade as the nation's capital, a popular subject for students and teachers in U.S. history courses. Finally, there are some distinctively Philadelphia topics in our top ten.
Here is the list, beginning with the tenth most-read and leading to number one:
10. Immigration and Migration (Colonial Era), by Marie Basile McDaniel
9. Philadelphia and Its People in Maps: The 1790s, by Paul Sivitz and Billy G. Smith
8. Yellow Fever, by Simon Finger
7. Immigration (1870-1930), by Barbara Klaczynska
6. Row Houses, by Amanda Casper
5. Nativist Riots of 1844, by Zachary M. Schrag
4. Immigration (1790-1860), by James Bergquist
3. Department Stores, by David Sullivan
2. Political Parties (Origins, 1790s), by Brian Hendricks
And the most-visited topic for 2015 is ...
City of Brotherly Love, by Chris Satullo
We always see a surge of traffic to "City of Brotherly Love" when sports announcers invoke the phrase during nationally televised Eagles games!
Thanks to all of our authors and to the 227,733 unique visitors who came to The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia during 2015. We look forward to expanding our coverage for you in the new year.