dcsimg

Overview

Introduction to Ambler, Pennsylvania

Ambler, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery county, is 14 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ambler History

In the mid-1850s, a depot for the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established in this area. The community was known as the Village of Wissahickon. In 1869, it was renamed "Ambler" in honor of a local Quaker woman, Mary Johnson Ambler, who had played a heroic role in the rescue of people involved in a local train accident referred to as "The Great Train Wreck of 1856." The Keasbey and Mattison Company, a manufacturer of asbestos, set up operations in Ambler in 1881. The factory's ownership changed hands a several times before it was closed in 1962. It had caused widespread contamination in the area, and the government declared a numerous sites in Ambler to have been severely affected and in need of remediation.

Ambler and Nearby Attractions

  • Mennonite Heritage Center
  • Peter Wentz Farmstead
  • Glencairn Museum
  • Sesame Place
  • Elmwood Park Zoo
  • Neshaminy State Park

Things To Do In Ambler

The Mennonite Heritage Center showcases exhibits that reflect the history of the Mennonite life and faith in southeastern Pennsylvania. Collections in the Woodmere Art Museum focus on the art and artists of the region, while the Grand Army of the Republic Museum & Library features artifacts of the Civil War. Peter Wentz Farmstead, a country mansion which served as Washington's headquarters during the Pennsylvania campaign of 1777, is another place of historic interest near Ambler. Visitors to Neshaminy State Park, Nockamixon State Park, and Evansburg State Park can enjoy various recreational activities like fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, camping, biking, and golfing. The town of Ambler is also home to the Ambler Borough Park, Jean Thompson Park, Knight Park, and Ricciardi Park.

Ambler Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Philadelphia International Airport.

Ambler Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Bryn Mawr College, Gratz College, Arcadia University, Montgomery County Community College, and Haverford College.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,525
Male Share of the Population46.1%
Female Share of the Population53.9%
Senior Citizens14.8%
Employed Population 16+3,438
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married44.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.3%
Median Earnings25+$41,939
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,343
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,478

Wealth

Median Family Income$91,543
% Above Poverty Level92.4%
% Below Poverty Level7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.9%
% Using Public Transportation4.7%

Housing

People Living Alone34.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,034
Median House Value$277,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)32.9%
Irish25.7%
Italian22.8%
English6.6%
Polish4.9%
Hungarian1.6%
Scottish1.6%
French Except Basque1.3%
Dutch1.2%
Russian1.1%
German1%
African0.8%
Norwegian0.8%
Kenyan0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Ukrainian0.5%
Slovak0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Swedish0.4%
West Indian0.3%
US/American0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Czech0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Lithuanian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
+ Show More

Ambler Almanac

CategoryValue
County Montgomery County
Standard Zip Codes19002
Phone Area Codes215,267
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.15
Approximate Longitude-75.22

Ambler Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWILLOW GROVE NAS
Distance4.9 miles
Jan Temp24 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 63 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp45 to 66 F
Annual Precip47.9 inches
StationNORRISTOWN
Distance8.1 miles
Jan Temp23 to 39 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp44 to 66 F
Annual Precip47.1 inches
StationNESHAMINY FALLS
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp19 to 41 F
Apr Temp38 to 64 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp41 to 68 F
Annual Precip50.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Blue Bell6,290$146,563
Conshohocken7,985$93,729
Hatboro7,436$90,578
Jenkintown4,451$102,571
Norristown34,556$49,275
North Wales3,250$101,379

Ambler Hospitals

Horsham Clinic
(Proprietary)
722 East Butler Pike
(215) 643-7800

Ambler Public Schools

Limekiln-simmons El Sch
1125 Limekiln Pike
ZIP: 19002
(215) 420-5800
Lower Gwynedd El Sch
571 Houston Rd
ZIP: 19002
(215) 619-8100
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Shady Grove El Sch
351 W Skippack Pike
ZIP: 19002
(215) 619-8106
Primary
Total Enrollment 601
Wissahickon Ms
500 Houston Rd
ZIP: 19002
(215) 619-8110
Middle
Total Enrollment 1025
Wissahickon Shs
521 Houston Rd
ZIP: 19002
(215) 619-8112
High
Total Enrollment 1386

Ambler Private Schools

Holy Family Learning-ambler Day School
701 S Bethlehem Plz
ZIP: 19002
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 80
Malvern School
101 Lower State Rd
ZIP: 19002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
St Anthony-st Joseph Elementary School
260 Forest Ave
ZIP: 19002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 114
Twin Spring Farm Day School
1632 E Butler Pike
ZIP: 19002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 159
Sources :
Additional Details
Ambler Colleges
Ambler colleges and trade schools.
Ambler Graduate Schools
Ambler Graduate and Business Schools
Study Online in Ambler
Additional Resources
Info for Ambler Government Officials


Are you an official in the Ambler government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.