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Overview

Introduction to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, in Delaware county, is 10 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Swarthmore History

The community of Swarthmore was officially founded in 1893. In the early 19th century, the area was known as "Westdale" or "West Dale" in honor of Benjamin West, America's first internationally famous artist. In 1854, a train station was constructed for the train service between Philadelphia and Media. Following the establishment of Swarthmore College in 1864, the station was renamed "Swarthmore." Eventually, the community adopted this name. Development companies began to build homes in 1886, and by 1892, Swarthmore had its own distinctive identity complete with a business district, residential area, a college, post office, and train station. On March 6, 1893, Swarthmore was incorporated as a borough. By the mid-1900s, the community had become a suburban college town.

Swarthmore and nearby Attractions

  • Independence National Historical Park
  • Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site
  • Bellevue State Park
  • American Swedish Historical Museum
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Adventure Aquarium

Things To Do In Swarthmore

Swarthmore is close to a number of historic sites like Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, and Fort Mifflin. Various artifacts reflecting the region's historical and cultural heritage are housed in the American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Wharton Esherick Museum. Independence National Historical Park, which encompasses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall, is a popular attraction in the area. Spread across 2,606 acres, Ridley Creek State Park offers facilities for fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and picnicking. Among the other places to visit near Swarthmore are Adventure Aquarium, Camden Children's Garden, Elmwood Park Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, and Longwood Gardens.

Swarthmore Transportation

Philadelphia International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Swarthmore Higher Education

Swarthmore is home to the Swarthmore College. Other colleges close by are Delaware County Community College, Neumann College, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, and Widener University.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,218
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+2,998
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married43.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher77.9%
Median Earnings25+$58,832
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,655
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$143,542
% Above Poverty Level97.9%
% Below Poverty Level2.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home13.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work15.9%
% Using Public Transportation10.8%

Housing

People Living Alone33.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,048
Median House Value$377,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.9%
Irish18.1%
German13.8%
Italian13.3%
English12.6%
Polish3.9%
Russian2.6%
Dutch2.3%
Scottish2.2%
Hungarian2%
French Except Basque1.8%
Welsh1.5%
Swedish1.2%
African1.1%
South African1%
Latvian0.7%
Finnish0.7%
Austrian0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Greek0.6%
Czech0.6%
Arab0.6%
Lebanese0.5%
Egyptian0.5%
Portuguese0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Ukrainian0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
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Swarthmore Almanac

CategoryValue
County Delaware County
Standard Zip Codes19081
Phone Area Codes484,610
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.9
Approximate Longitude-75.34

Swarthmore 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
Distance6.7 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
Distance6.9 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
Distance14.2 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
Media5,345$96,250
Morton2,684$71,205
Prospect Park6,467$75,907
Ridley Park7,032$88,657
Rose Valley944$187,188
Rutledge766$91,750

Swarthmore Public Libraries

Swarthmore Public Library
121 PARK AVENUE
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
(610) 543-0436

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Swarthmore Public Schools

Grace Park El Sch
Seventh Avenue
ZIP: 19081
(610) 534-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Swarthmore-rutledge Sch
100 College Ave
ZIP: 19081
(610) 892-3470
Primary
Total Enrollment 608

Swarthmore Private Schools

Geoge Crothers Memorial School
401 Rutgers Ave
ZIP: 19081
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
Notre Dame De Lourdes School
990 Fairview Rd
ZIP: 19081
Elementary
Total Enrollment 262
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