Media, Pennsylvania

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Media, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Media, Pennsylvania

Media, Pennsylvania, in Delaware county, is 12 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are 5,533 residents in the town.

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.

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High Points

Media strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Media Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Media Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Media Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 6% Media College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 8% Media Racial Diversity
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Media Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 10% Media Median Family Income
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Media Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Media, Pennsylvania

Comparing Media to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 10 8
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Age of the Population 9 7
Racial Diversity 7 10
Male Share of the Population 1 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 1
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 7 10
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
People Above Poverty 6 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 9 10
Working at Home 5 7
Short Commute Times 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 8
Affordability of Rents 4 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 2
Housing Recently Built 2 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 5 4

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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
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Media Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,533 100%
Male 2,525 45.6%
Female 3,008 54.4%
Under 18 759 13.7%
18+ 4,774 86.3%
65+ 1,139 20.6%
Median Age 40.8
Average Family Size 2.73
White 4,483 81%
African-American 787 14.2%
Asian 111 2%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 36 0.7%
Mixed Race 107 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 104 1.9%

Estimated Media Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,451
Growth -82
Growth % -1.5%

Media Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 20.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 17%
English 11.8%
Italian 11.5%
German 9.9%
US/American 5%
Polish 4.7%
Scottish 2.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
French Canadian 0.9%
Dutch 0.8%
Russian 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.8%
Iranian 0.7%
British 0.7%
Swedish 0.7%
European 0.7%
Eastern European 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Pennsylvania German 0.5%
Jamaican 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Syrian 0.4%
West Indian 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
African 0.3%
Maltese 0.2%
Kenyan 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Celtic 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Iraqi 0.2%
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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 (19063, 19086)
Glen Riddle (19037, 19063)
Glen Riddle Lima (19037, 19063)
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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Media 5,533 $58,065
Brookhaven 7,985 $58,271
Morton 2,715 $64,271
Parkside 2,267 $48,958
Rose Valley 944 $118,637
Rutledge 860 $70,333
Swarthmore 6,170 $105,874

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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(As of 2005)
1067 W Baltimore Pike
Media - PA
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