Introduction to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, in Chester county, is 11 miles NW of Wilmington, Delaware (center to center) and 30 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are 5,273 residents in the town.

Kennett Square History

This area, which was originally inhabited by Lenape Americans, was initially named Kennett after the river in England. Square was later added to the name to commemorate William Penn's one square mile land grant. The person responsible for introducing mushrooms to this region was William Swayne, who imported spawn from Europe to growing them. It became a popular industry and Kennett went on to be known as the "Mushroom Capital of the World". Kennett Square was officially incorporated in 1855.

Kennett Square and Nearby Attractions

  • Longwood Gardens
  • Brandywine Zoo
  • White Clay Creek State Park
  • Brandywine River Museum
  • Kennett Underground Railroad

Things To Do In Kennett Square

Brandywine River Museum, which displays local history exhibits, also has an art studio. Brandywine Creek State Park is spread across 933 acres and features trails, and fishing areas. Other attractions in the area include Longwood Gardens, Brandywine Zoo, and White Clay Creek State Park.

Kennett Square Transportation

The nearest major airport is Philadelphia International Airport.

Kennett Square Higher Education

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Goldey-Beacom College, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and Wilmington College are the nearest colleges.


Total Population 6,123
Male Share of the Population 52.7%
Female Share of the Population 47.3%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,184
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 52.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.6%
Median Earnings25+ $33,198
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,550
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,793


Median Family Income $74,840
% Above Poverty Level 88.1%
% Below Poverty Level 11.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 27.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,030
Median House Value $226,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58%
US/American 0%
English 5.7%
Irish 10.8%

Kennett Square Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NW of Wilmington, Delaware (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Chester
Standard Zip Codes 19348
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.846
Longitude -75.711

Kennett Square Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches
Distance 12.5 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 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 37 to 65 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 45.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Avondale 1,587 $61,563
Downingtown 7,921 $68,077

Kennett Square Public Libraries

Bayard Taylor Memorial Library
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
(610) 444-2702
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