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Overview

Introduction to Prospect Park, Pennsylvania

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

Prospect Park History

This region was once known as "Moore." Both the Dutch and Swedes fought to control the area. During colonial times, the strategically advantageous position of the community led to the growth and prosperity of commerce and trade. Prospect Park was officially incorporated in 1894. The Pastor of Prospect Hill Baptist Church, Reverend Mark Watkinson, persuaded the U.S. Congress to engrave all U.S. currency with the motto "In God We Trust."

Prospect Park and Nearby Attractions

  • Independence National Historical Park
  • Morton Homestead
  • Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site
  • Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum
  • Ridley Creek State Park
  • Elmwood Park Zoo

Things To Do In Prospect Park

The National Museum of American Jewish History houses a collection of more than 10,000 artifacts depicting the history of American Jewish life. The American Swedish Historical Museum features exhibits reflecting the Swedish-American cultural heritage, while the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum showcases the cultural and historical background of African-Americans. Prospect Park also offers easy access to several historic sites like the Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Brandywine Battlefield, Fort Mifflin, and Walt Whitman House. Independence National Historical Park, encompassing the Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, and Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, is also close by. Other popular destinations include the Ridley Creek State Park, Adventure Aquarium, Philadelphia Zoo, and Camden Children's Garden.

Prospect Park Transportation

The closest major airport is Philadelphia International Airport.

Prospect Park Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Swarthmore College, Widener University, Community College of Philadelphia, and Delaware County Community College.

People

Total Population 6,468
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,396
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 44.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $81,056
% Above Poverty Level 90.3%
% Below Poverty Level 9.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 5.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.9%
Median Gross Rent $938
Median House Value $177,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 9.1%
Irish 32.5%

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

Prospect Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Standard Zip Codes 19076
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.887
Longitude -75.308

Prospect Park 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 4.3 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 7.6 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 12 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

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

Prospect Park Public Libraries

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Prospect Park Free Library
720 MARYLAND AVE
Prospect Park, Pennsylvania
(610) 532-4643

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Serves 1,417 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

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