Introduction to Media, Pennsylvania

Media, Pennsylvania, in Delaware county, is 12 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Media History

William Penn became the proprietor of land in this region in 1681. Peter and William Taylor purchased land from Penn in the 1680s and settled in the present-day territory of Media. Since it was situated at the center of Delaware County, the community was named "Media," which was derived from the Latin word for "middle." However, according to other records, the name was taken from the biblical land of "Medea." Media was officially incorporated in 1850. Till the 20th century, the community remained rural. In recent years, it has developed into a suburban town.

Media and Nearby Attractions

  • Minshall House
  • Ridley Creek State Park
  • Brandywine River Museum
  • Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site
  • Elmwood Park Zoo
  • Longwood Gardens

Things To Do In Media

Media is close to a number of museums and historic sites including the Brandywine River Museum, Independence Seaport Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History, Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, American Swedish Historical Museum, Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, Brandywine Battlefield, and Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation. Independence National Historical Park, which includes the Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, and Liberty Bell, is a popular attraction in the area. The town of Media itself has several historic landmarks such as the Minshall House, Delaware County Institute of Science, Risley House, Media Theatre, and Media Armory. Rose Tree Park, and Riddley Creek State Park are recreational areas in the town where visitors can participate in activities like hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and picnicking. In addition, residents of Media host the Tomato Festival in August every year.

Media Transportation

Air transportation is available from Philadelphia International Airport.

Media Higher Education

Media is home to the Delaware County Community College, Pennsylvania State University -- Delaware County Campus, and Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. Bryn Mawr College, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and Neumann College are located nearby.


Total Population 5,336
Male Share of the Population 42.7%
Female Share of the Population 57.3%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,048
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 31.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $90,208
% Above Poverty Level 90.6%
% Below Poverty Level 9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.6%
% Using Public Transportation 10.2%


People Living Alone 43.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,005
Median House Value $285,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.3%
US/American 0%
English 15.3%
Irish 33.1%

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

Media Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Standard Zip Codes 19063, 19064, 19086
P.O. Box Zip Codes 19037, 19065
Company Zip Codes 19091
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.927
Longitude -75.388

Media Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 40 F
Apr Temp 46 to 63 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 65 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Distance 13.1 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
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 43.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Elwyn (19063)

Franklin Center (19063)

Garden City (19086, 19063)

Glen Riddle (19037, 19063)

Glen Riddle Lima (19063, 19037)

Moylan (19065)

Nether Providence (19086)

Rose Tree (19063)

Upper Providence (19063)

Wallingford (19086)

Wawa (19063)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brookhaven 8,054 $97,845

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

Media Public Libraries

Media Upper Providence Fr Lib
Media, Pennsylvania
(610) 566-1918
Library Web Site
Middletown Free Library
Media, Pennsylvania
(610) 566-7828

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Media Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(610) 566-9400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Media High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,342 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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