Introduction to Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Lansdale, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery county, is 21 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lansdale History

The community of Lansdale was named in honor of the chief surveyor of the North Penn Railroad, Phillip Lansdale Fox. The area around the train station was owned by the Jenkins family. According to the traditions of the time, the town should have been named "Jenkintown," but this name was not adopted since another community by the same name already existed in the region. Legend has it that there was once a mysterious H tree in Lansdale. This tree, which was said to be the entrance to hell, was later cut down to make room for houses. In the early 20th century, Lansdale was home to many industries including a silk mill, a canning factory, foundries, brickyards, and agricultural implement works.

Lansdale and Nearby Attractions

  • Mercer Museum
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park
  • Bulls Island Natural Area
  • Elmwood Park Zoo
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  • Tyler State Park

Things To Do In Lansdale

Artifacts and memorabilia of historical significance are showcased in the Valley Forge Historical Society Museum, Mennonite Heritage Center, and Mercer Museum. Lansdale is also close to numerous places of historic interest including the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Oscar Hammerstein II Farm, Abington Art Center, Peter Wentz Farmstead, and Valley Forge National Historical Park. The 24-acre Bulls Island Natural Area is an island situated on the Delaware River which features nature trails and camping areas. The Evansburg State Park includes a golf course. Recreational activities like fishing, swimming, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Tyler State Park, Neshaminy State Park, and Ridley Creek State Park.

Lansdale Transportation

The nearest major airport is Philadelphia International Airport.

Lansdale Higher Education

Gwynedd-Mercy College, Montgomery County Community College, and Delaware Valley Collegeare some of the colleges close to Lansdale.


Total Population 16,441
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 8,632
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 43.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.9%
Median Earnings25+ $39,129
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,458
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,708


Median Family Income $69,194
% Above Poverty Level 90.4%
% Below Poverty Level 9.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 4.1%


People Living Alone 31.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,065
Median House Value $221,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.1%
US/American 0.3%
English 8.3%
Irish 23.1%

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

Lansdale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 21 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 19446
Phone Area Codes 215
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.241
Longitude -75.284

Lansdale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.6 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
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.3 inches
Distance 9.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blue Bell 5,985 $140,721
Chalfont 4,054 $99,583
Hatfield 3,302 $73,906

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

Lansdale Public Libraries

Lansdale Public Library
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
(215) 855-3228
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Lansdale Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(215) 368-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 3,261 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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