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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 Population6,468
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens12.4%
Employed Population 16+3,396
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married44.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.7%
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 Level90.3%
% Below Poverty Level9.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation5.5%

Housing

People Living Alone29.9%
Median Gross Rent$938
Median House Value$177,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.1%
US/American0.2%
English9.1%
Irish32.5%

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

Prospect Park Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City8 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
CountyDelaware
Standard Zip Codes19076
Phone Area Codes610
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude39.887
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)

StationPHILADELPHIA INTL AP
Distance4.3 miles
Jan Temp26 to 39 F
Apr Temp44 to 62 F
Jul Temp70 to 86 F
Oct Temp49 to 66 F
Annual Precip42 inches
StationMARCUS HOOK
Distance7.6 miles
Jan Temp28 to 40 F
Apr Temp46 to 63 F
Jul Temp70 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 65 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches
StationAUDUBON
Distance12 miles
Jan Temp25 to 41 F
Apr Temp42 to 65 F
Jul Temp67 to 87 F
Oct Temp46 to 67 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Folcroft6,630$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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