Introduction to Pennsville, New Jersey

Pennsville, New Jersey, in Salem county, is 6 miles S of Wilmington, Delaware and 27 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Pennsville contains a population of approximately 13,194.

Pennsville History

Three clans of the Lenni Lenape tribes initially lived in the region along the Delaware River. Early colonists purchased this area from the Indians in the 17th century. Kinseyville, Quihawkin, Biddle's and Cravens Ferry are some of the early names of the town now called Pennsville. This name was given in the honor of William Penn. Initially, shad fishing and farming were the primary occupations of the inhabitants of this area. To date, Pennsville remains an unincorporated area.

Pennsville and nearby Attractions

  • Pennsville Township Historical Society
  • Delaware Art Museum
  • Queen of the Apostles Church
  • Riverview Beach
  • Hoppemense Creek
  • Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Pennsville

Travelers to Pennsville can visit the nearby historic sites and museums like Fort Mott, the Dutch House, and the Church Landing Farmhouse Museum. The Pennsville Township Historical Society is ideal for those interested in the historical and cultural background of the town. There are also two very popular beaches, the Brandriff Beach and the Riverview Beach, where one can enjoy a variety of sand and water sports. The Hoppemense Creek, the Stonebank Creek, and the Miles Creek are stunning and pristine waterbodies that one must visit while on a trip to Pennsville. The Pennsville Shopping Center and the Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge are among the other favorite tourist haunts.

Pennsville Transportation

Philadelphia International Airport is close by.

Pennsville Higher Education

For higher education, residents of Pennsville can enroll at the University Of Delaware, Wilmington College, or the Widener University.


Total Population 13,057
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 6,221
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 50.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $77,307
% Above Poverty Level 88.5%
% Below Poverty Level 11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 28.7%
Median Gross Rent $971
Median House Value $163,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.3%
US/American 0%
English 13%
Irish 27.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pennsville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles S of Wilmington, Delaware (center to center)
Nearest Large City 27 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Salem
Standard Zip Codes 08070
Phone Area Codes 856
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.653
Longitude -75.516

Pennsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 46 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Distance 11.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
Distance 16.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 41.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carneys Point 7,919 $66,151
Mannington 1,775 $79,167
Penns Grove 5,032 $34,028
Quinton 2,613 $71,935
Salem 4,997 $33,274
Woodstown 3,562 $102,411

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pennsville Public Libraries

Pennsville Public Library
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(856) 678-5473

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

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