Upper Darby, Philadelphia Information
Located approximately 3 miles to the west of Philadelphia is the quiet and medium-sized town of Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania. With a population of just over 80,000, this bustling suburb located along the Delaware River sits at the New Jersey border. The township is the 17th largest community in Pennsylvania.
Upper Darby, Philadelphia Details
Historically, Upper Darby was settled by the Swedish in 1653. Upon their arrival, these first European settlers famously introduced the area to the log cabin. One of these original cabins, now called The Lower Swedish Cabin, has become a main tourist attraction in the township. The “Swedish Cabin” as it is known to locals, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated with a Pennsylvania Historical Marker.
Another popular tourist attraction in the Township is Collen Brook Farm known as Collenbrook. It is an 18-century historical farmhouse and the former home of noted political advocate George Smith. Similar to the “Swedish Cabin”, Collenbrook is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Perhaps the township’s most famous landmark is the Tower Theatre which was built in 1927. It was one of the area’s first movie houses. It also hosted Vaudeville acts in its early days. Later in the theatre’s monumental history, it introduced American audiences to musical artists like David Bowie and the band Genesis featuring Peter Gabriel. It has also hosted performances by a young Bruce Springsteen and the artist Prince.
Property Management in Upper Darby Township
Away from the tourist attractions of the township, Upper Darby is a fantastic place to raise a family. The average income for a family of four is approximately $75,000. This is considered a medium to low income area compared to the national average. The median age of residents is 34 which makes for a young and active population.
The education level of residents, as in those that have a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree is 20.95%. That is similar to the national average.
The township is a combination of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a large number of residents are in the management, or finance industry. The town has more people working with computers than 95% of the U.S. The blue-collar segment of the population includes service industry providers.
Similarly to neighboring Philadelphia, the township’s population is diverse, with over 100 different ethnic cultures represented. However, racially the township is 56.5% white and 27.5%. Approximately, 29.7% of the town’s population is foreign born. Languages spoken in the town include Spanish, Vietnamese, Indic languages and African languages.
The township is located along the Markey-Frankford line of Philadelphia’s Mass Transit system: SEPTA. This makes for an easy commute between the township and the city. However, despite the easy access to public transit, many residents still opt to drive into the city for work. The average commute time is 34.23 minutes which is much higher than the national average. By comparison, local neighborhoods are very pedestrian-friendly because they’re so densely populated. This means that many amenities are within walking distance for residents. Nearby borough Landsdowne has a thriving Farmer’s Market that is open on the weekends. Local residents from the township and surrounding areas can access all that the market has to offer on foot!
An overwhelming majority of township residents are Christian. Forty eight percent identify as Catholic, while 3% are Methodist and 2% are Presbyterian. The township has a square footage of 7.9 miles, yet there are almost half a dozen churches of differing denominations within that area.
There are 12 schools and a kindergarten center which educate the nearly 12,000 students currently enrolled in the public school system. The township also offers several parochial and private schools to choose from as well.
The township is comprised of 65% residential buildings, 25% commercial and 8% other. Neighborhoods such as Beverly Hills, Drexel Park, Highland Hills house provide residents of this Philadelphia suburb with a variety of housing choices. This includes row houses, mid-century developments and turn-of-the-century family homes situated along tree-lined streets.
The median home price is currently $101,950. The average square foot price is $72. This compared to $127 a square foot in the Philadelphia metro area. The majority of the homes built in the township(30%) were built before 1939. The median home age is 65 years. This is double the national average of 37 years old.
In contrast, renters make up just over 36% of the population in the township. The average rental price is just over $900 a month.
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