County Offices
201 West Front Street
Media, PA

Chamber of Commerce
1001 Baltimore Pike
Media, PA

Major Highways
Interstate 476, Interstate 95, US Route 1, US Highway 202, PA Routes 3 and 291

Delaware County is strategically located in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania bordering two metropolitan areas, Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and Wilmington in Delaware. Premier educational resources abound within the county’s 15 public school districts, although private schools provide a number of alternative learning environments. Well-paid and competent teachers and administrators, state-of-the-art classroom technology, interactive student projects, active parent/teacher organizations, and community support and involvement are the hallmarks of Delaware County public education. The county provides exceptional programs for gifted and challenged students and a wide range of extra-curricular activities from which to choose.

Local choices for advanced education are prolific, from post-secondary trade, technical and business schools and junior colleges to nine degree-granting, four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the Delaware County Campus of Penn State University, students can choose from such respected institutions as Bryn Mawr College, Cabrini College, Cheyney University, Swarthmore College, Villanova University, and Widener University.

Delaware County has an equally long list of impressive credits in the area of healthcare. Seven fully accredited acute-care hospitals combine to offer more than 2,500 beds. Several of these institutions are teaching hospitals or have nursing school affiliations, contributing to the area’s state-of-the-art resources. The Crozer-Keystone Health System plays a leading role in the county, a dominant healthcare provider throughout Delaware County as well as northern Delaware and sections of western New Jersey. The system encompasses a full spectrum of wellness, prevention, acute care, rehabilitation, and restorative care services and facilities. Regional highlights include a Level 2 trauma center, a burn center, two cancer centers, a fertility center, a sleep-disorders center, and a U.S. Olympic Committee designated sports science and technology center.

The arts, recreation, and entertainment achieve an unusual blend in Delaware County, where even the activity of hiking can take on the refinement of a “poetry walk.” Adding to the satisfying lifestyle available in Delaware County are acres of verdant, lush, well-maintained public parks: two state parks, five county parks and a national wildlife preserve. These facilities often feature exciting special events such as nature walks, fund-raising fairs, holiday celebrations and ethnic festivals. Private and public recreational facilities include PGA-rated golf courses, swimming pools, skating rinks, bowling alleys and archery ranges. The nearby Delaware River and Brandywine Creek areas offer water sports opportunities that include hours of boating and fishing pleasure.

Thanks to outstanding support from both the corporate and public sectors, the curtain is always going up on some event in Delaware County. Symphonies, dances, choral concerts, dramatic plays, historic reenactments, comedies, and musical performances keep the calendar brimming over with exciting events. Neighborhood art centers provide countless opportunities for creative expression for children, youth and adults through concerts, recitals and exhibitions. Art galleries and museums are prolific in the county as well, offering glimpses of such priceless collectibles as those displayed in the Franklin Mint Museum, Chadds Ford, and Brandywine River Museum.

One of the brightest stars on the cultural horizon is the magnificently restored Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, lavishly decorated with a plush crimson interior and ornate gold accents. Here, residents can enjoy professional quality musical productions that represent the best of Broadway and enjoy gracious dining. Another highlight is the Summer Festival in Rose Tree Park, a seasonal program of free entertainment under the canopy of twinkling stars.

Delaware County’s historic treasures are as diverse and varied as the county itself—from the diminutive Swedish Log Cabin to the sprawling 10-acre Grange Estate. Here, also is the only remaining home in Pennsylvania that was visited by William Penn, the Caleb Pusey House in Upland. Nearly 60 significant historical sites and properties grace the countryside. The presence of George Washington and other famous patriots in this area is well documented, and the decisive Battle of Brandywine was fought on this soil.

Retail activity, like commerce and industry, is enjoying a massive resurgence within the county. Residents enjoy a wide range of options for goods and services, from charming village districts to major enclosed shopping malls. Opportunities for quality housing are equally diverse and abundant, combining the pleasures of progressive suburban living with all the dynamics of being next door to one of the nation largest metropolitan areas.

Within the county’s municipalities, newcomers will find an attractive array of single-family dwellings, country estates, townhouses, garden apartments and high-rise condominiums. While a predominance of Colonial architecture reflects the area’s proud 18th century heritage, contemporary, Victorian and Federal designs add charm and variety. Every dimension of life in Delaware County is underlined by an attitude of “people helping people.” Strong volunteerism, free concerts, service organizations, environmental programs, and economic development assistance are all elements of Delaware County’s heart and soul.


Community Profiles

Bethel, Concord, Thornbury, Chadds Ford, Chester Heights
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Together these townships create the northwest quadrant of Delaware County, offering an abundance of open space and farmland in comparison to most of the other population centers. Bethel has dedicated significant parcels of its township to agricultural concerns, while new residential construction is apparent in most of these townships.

The most famous of the local attractions is the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, where the works of the Wyeth family and other American artists are displayed.


Brookhaven, Aston
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Both Aston and Brookhaven Townships are well-developed and primarily residential communities. Brookhaven is a relatively densely populated borough featuring single-family dwellings on spacious lots that range from 1/4 to 1/2 acre. Aston provides a number of new construction developments in addition to charming older colonial homes.

The Penn Delco School District features such facilities as a paved all-weather track, tennis courts, indoor pool, playing fields and a planetarium. Regional Granite Run Mall in nearby Media is also a short distance away.


Chester Township, Chester City, Upland
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One of the county’s more well-developed areas, Chester City is primarily a residential community with some commercial activity. The adjacent Chester Township, however, is home to a significant industrial segment. Nearby, Upland Borough is characterized by a selection of older homes in affordable price ranges.

All three communities are served by the Chester-Upland School District, which offers an excellent vocational department. Recreational programs revolve around community programs and spirit, local parks, tennis courts, ballfields, playgrounds, and conservation areas.
Lower Chichester, Upper Chichester, Marcus Hook, Trainer
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Lower and Upper Chichester, Marcus Hook Borough, and Trainer Borough offers residents the advantages of a serene suburban lifestyle within commuting distance to major metropolitan areas. All four population centers are within the Chichester School District, which offers an excellent student/pupil ratio as well as outstanding programs.

Opportunities for exercise and leisure activity are diverse, including the Linwood Youth Center, municipal recreation programs, complete Little League and Teener League baseball and football. The Marple, Aston, and Folcroft Vocational schools serve the area.


Folcroft, Sharon Hill
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Both Folcroft and Sharon Hill are primarily residential communities that feature developments of single-family homes and multi-family complexes. Folcroft is the most highly developed of the two communities in terms of population and services.

The townships of Folcroft and Sharon Hill Borough are both in close proximity to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, the last fresh water tidal basin on the Delaware River. Situated in Tinicum, the refuge features 1,200 acres of plants and wildlife plus nature walkways and trails.


Glenolden, Norwood, Prospect Park
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With both bus and train service to Philadelphia and other key destinations, these residential areas provide a convenient way to have the “best of both worlds.” Newcomers can choose from reasonably priced older homes with traditional charm to new construction in a variety of architectural styles.

Children here attend Interboro School District. In addition to extensive course offerings, the comprehensive high school includes a modern gymnasium, TV studio, career and resource centers, gifted curriculum, and approved vocational training.


Haverford Township
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Considered one of Pennsylvania’s most attractive residential areas, Haverford offers prospective home buyers a choice of large stone estates on wooded grounds as well as Victorian and Colonial homes. Condominiums and twins are also available. Retail facilities are found at nearby Springfield Mall. Haverford Polo Grounds add to recreational opportunities.

The excellent public schools in the area are augmented by private preparatory schools such as the Haverford School for Boys. Haverford College also cooperates with the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College to give students a wider choice of curriculum.


Lansdowne, Yeadon, Darby, Alden
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Proximity to Philadelphia is one of the major attractions of these suburban communities, in addition to the full spectrum of public transportation. Tree-lined streets with elegant older Victorian houses abound in this area.

In addition to providing a quality education, William Penn School District is known for its community education programs and public use of school facilities. High schools and adult education classes are located in Darby, Lansdowne and Yeadon; while the Folcroft, Marple and Aston Voc-Tech Schools serve the district.


Media, Edgemont, Middletown, Upper Providence
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Media and its surrounding townships form one of Philadelphia’s most desirable areas. From sprawling farmland to Victorian homes along brick-lined streets and shaded lanes, the area provides a pleasing mix of modern conveniences and commercial activity with old-world charm.

Centrally located along U.S. Route 1, Media serves as the county seat and a center of commercial activity. Nearby recreational amenities include Ridley Creek State Park, Tyler Arboretum, and Rose Tree and Glen Providence parks.


Marple, Newtown
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This hilly, wooded area is ideal for those who desire a grassroots suburban lifestyle. Both communities are marked by a strong cooperative spirit between residents, local government and educational leaders. Residents here enjoy such benefits as a Leisure Services Program for adults and “Kid’s Stop”—preschool program before/during and after school.

Both Newtown and Marple are convenient to a number of outstanding attractions: John Tyler Arboretum provides miles of nature trails, while Rose Tree Park serves a regional cultural center as well as a recreational haven for area residents.


Radnor, Villanova, Rosemont
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Radnor is characterized by well-kept neighborhoods with single-family dwellings, charming stone homes on one acre lots, beautiful estates from a bygone era and new construction that features such innovations as luxury clustered-homes that grace meticulously landscaped acreage.

Encompassing the communities of Villanova and Rosemont that are located in the heart of the Main Line, the Radnor area is known for convenient commuting and educational excellence. Villanova University’s lovely 200-acre campus and the adjacent 50-acre campus of Rosemont College provide cultural and educational amenities.


Ridley, Ridley Park
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Only minutes from Philadelphia, both Ridley Township and Ridley Park Borough are well-established residential areas that offer a wide range of reasonably priced single-family housing options as well as multi-family alternatives. Five shopping centers meet the retail needs of residents, as well as a full range of local recreational facilities.

The progressive Ridley School District serves both population centers with outstanding facilities: a planetarium, observatory, TV/radio studios, computers, electron microscopes, science and language labs, theatre, multi-sensory center and career center.


Springfield Township
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Primarily residential, this well-developed area still offers space for expansion and growth. Older homes are available in a wide range of architectural styles and price ranges. Crossed by U.S. Routes 1 and 320 and served by SEPTA bus, rail and trolley transportation, Springfield offers convenience to its residents.

Recreational amenities abound in this township, particularly within the 100 scenic acres that make up Smedley County Park. The Springfield Township School District also provides the entire community with a variety of exceptional recreational facilities.


Swarthmore, Rose Valley, Nether Providence, Rutledge
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A charming area known for its large, majestic homes, Swarthmore has been a college town since 1864. Even today’s shopping district is a small, intimate collection of specialty shops that blend perfectly with the college-town atmosphere.

Nestled along Ridley Creek is Rose Valley Borough, an exclusive area consisting of luxury homes on acre lots. Nether Providence is mainly a township of large, comfortable new homes situated on tracts that were among the first Penn Land Grants. All three communities are only minutes from Hedgerow Theater.


Upper Darby, Clifton Heights
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The brick row homes and twin homes of Upper Darby offer comfortable living in an affordable price range. The Drexel Hill area of Upper Darby Township provides a more elaborate housing selection from handsome stone colonials to tree-shaded Tudors on sprawling lots.

Upper Darby Township offers a number of municipal parks with special arts and crafts programs each summer, as well as the amenities of nearby Drexelbrook Swim Club. SEPTA buses ensure a quick trip to Philadelphia’ 69th Street, while an elevated train forms a connection to Center City. Both Springfield Mall and Granite Run Mall are nearby.

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