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Overview

Introduction to Ambler, Pennsylvania

Ambler, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery county, is 14 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ambler History

In the mid-1850s, a depot for the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established in this area. The community was known as the Village of Wissahickon. In 1869, it was renamed "Ambler" in honor of a local Quaker woman, Mary Johnson Ambler, who had played a heroic role in the rescue of people involved in a local train accident referred to as "The Great Train Wreck of 1856." The Keasbey and Mattison Company, a manufacturer of asbestos, set up operations in Ambler in 1881. The factory's ownership changed hands a several times before it was closed in 1962. It had caused widespread contamination in the area, and the government declared a numerous sites in Ambler to have been severely affected and in need of remediation.

Ambler and Nearby Attractions

  • Mennonite Heritage Center
  • Peter Wentz Farmstead
  • Glencairn Museum
  • Sesame Place
  • Elmwood Park Zoo
  • Neshaminy State Park

Things To Do In Ambler

The Mennonite Heritage Center showcases exhibits that reflect the history of the Mennonite life and faith in southeastern Pennsylvania. Collections in the Woodmere Art Museum focus on the art and artists of the region, while the Grand Army of the Republic Museum & Library features artifacts of the Civil War. Peter Wentz Farmstead, a country mansion which served as Washington's headquarters during the Pennsylvania campaign of 1777, is another place of historic interest near Ambler. Visitors to Neshaminy State Park, Nockamixon State Park, and Evansburg State Park can enjoy various recreational activities like fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, camping, biking, and golfing. The town of Ambler is also home to the Ambler Borough Park, Jean Thompson Park, Knight Park, and Ricciardi Park.

Ambler Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Philadelphia International Airport.

Ambler Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Bryn Mawr College, Gratz College, Arcadia University, Montgomery County Community College, and Haverford College.

People

Total Population 6,513
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 15.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,428
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 41.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.4%
Median Earnings25+ $40,895
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,144
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,162

Wealth

Median Family Income $87,366
% Above Poverty Level 93.4%
% Below Poverty Level 6.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7%
% Using Public Transportation 6.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,015
Median House Value $256,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 8.1%
Irish 23.7%

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

Ambler Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 14 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 19002
Phone Area Codes 215
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.154
Longitude -75.221

Ambler Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station WILLOW GROVE NAS
Distance 4.9 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Station NORRISTOWN
Distance 8.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches
Station NESHAMINY FALLS
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 41 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 68 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ambler, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Broad Axe (19002)

Lower Gwynedd (19002)

Prospectville (19002)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blue Bell 5,985 $140,721
Conshohocken 7,890 $89,554
Hatboro 7,405 $85,065
Jenkintown 4,444 $108,092

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

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Ambler High Schools

WISSAHICKON SHS
215-619-8112
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,372 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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