Introduction to Palmyra, New Jersey

Palmyra, New Jersey is 5 miles N of Cherry Hill, New Jersey (center to center) and 8 miles NE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Palmyra History

The community of Palmyra was settled by the Swedes in the late seventeenth century and marked New Sweden's northernmost border. The third generation settlers built a farmhouse in 1761, which is the oldest house in Palmyra. With the construction of the Camden and Amboy Railroad in 1834, the area began to develop as the railroad workers built their houses there. The town was named by a stockholder of the Camden and Amboy Railroad, Isaiah Toy. He convinced the officials to name the community "Palmyra" after the ancient city in central Syria. Palmyra was officially incorporated as a borough in 1923.

Palmyra and Nearby Attractions

  • Alice Paul Birthplace
  • New Jersey State Aquarium
  • National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  • Esther M. Klein Art Gallery
  • Tyler State Park

Things To Do In Palmyra

There are numerous historic sites nearby including the Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, the Walt Whitman House, Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site and Kuser Farm Mansion, all of which have antiquities on display. Parks like Independence National Historical Park, Fort Washington State Park, Tyler State Park and Evansburg State Park offer provisions for recreational activities. The New Jersey State Aquarium, Camden Children's Garden, the Philadelphia Zoo and Adventure Aquarium have a number of species of flora and fauna on public display.

Palmyra Transportation

Philadelphia International Airport is located nearby.

Palmyra Higher Education

Nearby universities include Temple University, Philadelphia University and La Salle University.


Total Population 7,356
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,745
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 46%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.8%
Median Earnings25+ $41,922
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $35,900
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,951


Median Family Income $76,987
% Above Poverty Level 91.9%
% Below Poverty Level 8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4%


People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,181
Median House Value $171,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.4%
Irish 28.9%

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

Palmyra Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles N of Cherry Hill, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles NE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Burlington
Standard Zip Codes 08065
Phone Area Codes 856
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.006
Longitude -75.028

Palmyra Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches
Distance 19.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cinnaminson 16,441 $106,438
Delran 16,856 $107,533
Maple Shade 19,042 $75,927
Pennsauken 35,711 $74,189
Riverside 8,044 $60,951
Riverton 2,766 $108,194

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

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Palmyra High Schools

Serves 604 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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Historic Palmyra


Spring Garden School in Palmyra 1925

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Spring Garden School in Palmyra 1925

Palmyra Police Headquarters

J. Morgan House

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