Introduction to Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Upper Darby Township is in Delaware county. It is in the Philadelphia-Camden metro area, bordering West Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

Upper Darby History

A group of settlers, who arrived from New Sweden in 1653, set up mills. The Swedes introduced the concept of log cabins and the township has "The Swedish Cabin" which is believed to have been built in 1654. In 1736, Quakers settled and Upper Darby became an active community in the fight against slavery. Upper Darby Township was officially created on August 30th, 1736, following a split from the Darby Township. It was incorporated in 1907. The 20th century witnessed a population explosion in the community, and by the 1960s, Upper Darby had become one of the most populated municipalities in the state.

Upper Darby and Nearby Attractions

  • American Swedish Historical Museum
  • Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation
  • Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site
  • Independence National Historical Park
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Brandywine Creek State Park

Things To Do In Upper Darby

The American Swedish Historical Museum showcases artifacts and memorabilia depicting the Swedish and Swedish-American historical and cultural heritage. The Caleb Pusey House, Landingford Plantation, Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, and Barnes Foundation are several museums and historic sites within 10 miles of Upper Darby. The Independence National Historical Park, which includes the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall, is also close by. The Bellevue State Park features an equestrian facility, nature trails, picnic areas, and a fitness track. The 493-acre Fort Washington State Park offers facilities for group camping, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Philadelphia Zoo, Longwood Gardens, New Jersey State Aquarium, and Sesame Place are other popular places to visit in the area.

Upper Darby Transportation

Air transportation is available from Philadelphia International Airport.

Upper Darby Higher Education

Colleges near Upper Darby are Saint Joseph's University, Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, and Swarthmore College.


Total Population 82,829
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 10.7%
Employed Population 16+ 39,303
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 44%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.2%
Median Earnings25+ $35,678
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,762
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,960


Median Family Income $60,976
% Above Poverty Level 84.8%
% Below Poverty Level 15.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 18.6%


People Living Alone 30.4%
Median Gross Rent $941
Median House Value $155,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.1%
US/American 0.4%
English 4.9%
Irish 22.7%

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

Upper Darby Almanac

Category Value
County Delaware
Standard Zip Codes 19082
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.95
Longitude -75.27

Upper Darby Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.1 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
Distance 10.9 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
Distance 12.6 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

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