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Overview

Introduction to Norwood, Pennsylvania

Norwood, Pennsylvania, in Delaware county, is 8 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Norwood History

Native American tribes were the original inhabitants of this region. Morton Mortonson, a Swedish immigrant, who received more than 650 acres as a grant, and came to this region in 1654 and built the Mortonson Homestead, which is now known as Prospect Park. In 1718, Andrew Morton, his son, inherited a large tract of land. In 1734, Andrew gifted 128 acres of this property to his daughter, Katherine Grantham. This eventually became the borough of Norwood. The community, which was named after Henry Ward Beecher's 1867 novel, "Norwood," was formally established by John Cochran who laid out town lots. Norwood was officially incorporated on November 6, 1893.

Norwood and Nearby Attractions

  • National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Ridley Creek State Park
  • Adventure Aquarium

Things To Do In Norwood

Norwood is home to the Morton Morton House which was built sometime around 1750. This house has been placed on the list of National Register of Historic Places. Artifacts and memorabilia of historical significance are showcased in the nearby National Museum of American Jewish History, Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, and American Swedish Historical Museum. Collections of Asian, American, and European art, as well as Pennsylvania German artworks, can be viewed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The town also offers easy access to several historic sites like the Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation, Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, Fort Mifflin, and Independence National Park. The 2,606-acre Ridley Creek State Park offers facilities for hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and picnicking. Other popular attractions in the area include the Adventure Aquarium, Camden Children's Garden, Elmwood Park Zoo, and the Philadelphia Zoo.

Norwood Transportation

Philadelphia International Airport is the closest major airport.

Norwood Higher Education

Swarthmore College, Widener University, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania Institute of Technology are some of the colleges near Norwood.

People

Total Population 5,897
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 3,143
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 40.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,801
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation 5.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.5%
Median Gross Rent $868
Median House Value $166,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.6%
US/American 0%
English 9.9%
Irish 42.2%

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

Norwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Standard Zip Codes 19074
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.891
Longitude -75.3

Norwood 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 PHILADELPHIA INTL AP
Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 39 F
Apr Temp 44 to 62 F
Jul Temp 70 to 86 F
Oct Temp 49 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Station MARCUS HOOK
Distance 8.1 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
Station AUDUBON
Distance 11.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 41 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 67 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Folcroft 6,630 $54,741
Glenolden 7,159 $75,838

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

Norwood Public Libraries

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Norwood Public Library
513 WELCOME AVE
Norwood, Pennsylvania
(610) 534-0693

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