Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2017: 6,257 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: +1.4%
 
Males: 3,064  (49.0%)
Females: 3,193  (51.0%)
Median resident age:

31.1 years
Pennsylvania median age:

40.8 years

Zip codes: 19064.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $121,861 (it was $82,653 in 2000)
Swarthmore:

$121,861
PA:

$59,195

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $63,885 (it was $40,482 in 2000)

Swarthmore borough income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $463,189 (it was $240,200 in 2000)
Swarthmore:

$463,189
PA:

$181,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $310,864; detached houses: $408,183; townhouses or other attached units: $143,243; in 2-unit structures: $292,016; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $158,637; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $199,951; mobile homes: $28,111

Median gross rent in 2017: $1,092.

March 2019 cost of living index in Swarthmore: 104.4 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 2.1%
(2.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 6.7% for Black residents, 3.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 2.6% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Swarthmore, PA (2010)
    • 4,89679.0%White alone
    • 4677.5%Asian alone
    • 3054.9%Hispanic
    • 2944.7%Black alone
    • 1983.2%Two or more races
    • 150.2%American Indian alone
    • 150.2%Other race alone
    • 40.06%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Swarthmore detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Pennsylvania and other state lists, there were 7 registered sex offenders living in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania as of January 17, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Swarthmore is 890 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Swarthmore by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2012

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.5)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1
(16.2)
4
(65.0)
1
(16.3)
0
(0.0)
2
(32.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
10
(161.7)
11
(178.8)
7
(113.9)
12
(197.6)
5
(82.2)
0
(0.0)
4
(64.4)
5
(80.5)
8
(128.1)
4
(63.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
13
(210.2)
11
(178.8)
9
(146.4)
18
(296.3)
9
(148.0)
21
(340.9)
20
(322.2)
8
(128.7)
6
(96.1)
8
(127.7)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
55
(889.4)
80
(1,301)
68
(1,106)
74
(1,218)
74
(1,217)
61
(990.1)
56
(902.2)
48
(772.4)
42
(672.4)
23
(367.1)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
2
(32.3)
5
(81.3)
5
(81.3)
2
(32.9)
1
(16.4)
1
(16.2)
2
(32.2)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.0)
2
(31.9)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)90.1126.388.6124.886.677.774.156.060.538.9

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City-data.com crime index in Swarthmore, PA

Crime rate in Swarthmore detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 9 (9 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.44
Pennsylvania average:

1.88
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Swarthmore, PA City Guides:

Ancestries: Italian (13.8%), Irish (12.8%), English (7.9%), European (7.9%), German (6.8%), Polish (3.1%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 03/06/1893

Elevation: 120 feet

Land area: 1.38 square miles.

Population density: 4,523 people per square mile   (average).

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania map

432 residents are foreign born (4.0% Asia, 3.0% Europe, 1.4% Latin America).

This borough:

6.9%
Pennsylvania:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $11,199 (2.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $9,446 (3.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Brandywine, DE (11.1 miles , pop. 78,620).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Philadelphia, PA (12.6 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Rutledge borough, PA (1.0 miles ),
Morton borough, PA (1.1 miles ),
Folsom, PA (1.1 miles ),
Nether Providence Township, PA (1.2 miles ),
Woodlyn, PA (1.3 miles ),
Pine Ridge, PA (1.3 miles ),
Springfield, PA (1.4 miles ),
Ridley Park borough, PA (1.4 miles )

Latitude: 39.90 N, Longitude: 75.35 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +1,217 (+19.5%)
Workers who live and work in this borough: 993 (31.7%)

Distribution of median household income in Swarthmore, PA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Swarthmore, PA in 2017
Swarthmore satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.4%
Pennsylvania:

3.9%
Historical population in Swarthmore, PA
Historical housing units in Swarthmore, PA

Population change in the 1990s: +58 (+0.9%).
Most common industries in Swarthmore, PA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (36.9%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (12.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (8.5%)
  • Health care (6.3%)
  • Data processing, libraries, other information services (3.0%)
  • Social assistance (2.9%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (2.7%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (33.8%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (15.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (9.7%)
  • Health care (5.7%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (4.5%)
  • Construction (3.0%)
  • Data processing, libraries, other information services (2.7%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (40.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (9.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.3%)
  • Health care (6.9%)
  • Social assistance (5.1%)
  • Data processing, libraries, other information services (3.2%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (2.9%)
Most common occupations in Swarthmore, PA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (8.1%)
  • Lawyers (5.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.4%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (3.9%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (3.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (9.5%)
  • Lawyers (8.3%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (6.0%)
  • Computer specialists (4.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.6%)
  • Physicians and surgeons (4.0%)
  • Top executives (3.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.6%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (6.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.6%)
  • Registered nurses (4.2%)

Average climate in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 97.0. This is worse than average.

City:

97.0
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.302. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.302
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 8.84. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.84
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.557. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 3.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.557
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 25.7. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 3.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.7
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 17.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.2
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 10.5. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.5
U.S.:

8.5
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2017 was 0.00197. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00197
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Swarthmore-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Pennsylvania state average. It is 3% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/22/1955, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 12.1 miles away from the Swarthmore borough center killed one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/28/1961, a category F3 tornado 19.9 miles away from the borough center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Swarthmore-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 47.0 miles away from Swarthmore center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 45.6 miles away from Swarthmore center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 284.9 miles away from Swarthmore center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 286.6 miles away from Swarthmore center
On 8/26/2003 at 18:24:18, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.5 ML, Depth: 1.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 50.3 miles away from Swarthmore center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 327.9 miles away from Swarthmore center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Delaware County (20) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 5, Floods: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Storms: 3, Tropical Storms: 3, Snowstorms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Water Shortage: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Swarthmore topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Swarthmore:

  • FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE SWARTHMORE (709 SOUTH CHESTER ROAD)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Swarthmore:

  • MERCY HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 1 miles away; SPRINGFIELD, PA)
  • WALLINGFORD NURSING AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; WALLINGFORD, PA)
  • WALLINGFORD,THE (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; WALLINGFORD, PA)
  • SPRINGFIELD HOSP (Hospital, about 2 miles away; SPRINGFIELD, PA)
  • RELIANT HOME HEALTH AGENCY, INC (Home Health Center, about 2 miles away; FOLSOM, PA)
  • ELWYN INC/WOODLYN (Hospital, about 2 miles away; WOODLYN, PA)
  • LIFELINE HOME HEALTH INC (Home Health Center, about 2 miles away; SPRINGFIELD, PA)

Amtrak stations near Swarthmore:

  • 8 miles: ARDMORE (STATION RD. & LANCASTER AVE.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, paid short-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
  • 10 miles: PHILADELPHIA (30TH & MARKET STS.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, car rental agency, taxi stand, public transit connection.
  • 13 miles: PAOLI (LANCASTER PIKE & S. VALLEY RD.) . Services: ticket office, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

College/University in Swarthmore:

  • Swarthmore College (Full-time enrollment: 1,685; Location: 500 College Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.swarthmore.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Swarthmore:

  • Widener University-Main Campus (about 3 miles; Chester, PA; Full-time enrollment: 4,051)
  • Delaware County Community College (about 6 miles; Media, PA; FT enrollment: 8,419)
  • Neumann University (about 6 miles; Aston, PA; FT enrollment: 2,622)
  • University of the Sciences (about 8 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 2,464)
  • Saint Joseph's University (about 9 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 7,329)
  • University of Pennsylvania (about 9 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 25,693)
  • Drexel University (about 10 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 22,969)

Public elementary/middle schools in Swarthmore:

Private elementary/middle school in Swarthmore:

  • NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES SCHOOL (Students: 294, Location: 990 FAIRVIEW RD, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in Swarthmore

Library in Swarthmore:

  • SWARTHMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $238,078; Location: 121 PARK AVENUE; 47,735 books; 2,680 audio materials; 1,713 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 41 state licensed databases; 32 other licensed databases; 105 print serial subscriptions; 1 electronic serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Swarthmore: Oakdale (A), Swarthmore Station (B), Swathmore Station (C), Alice Paul Hall (D), Arthur Hoyt Scott Amphitheature (E), Ashton House (F), Beardsley Hall (G), Benjamin West House (H), Bond Lodges (I), Bond Memorial Hall (J), Clothier Memorial Hall (K), Crum Lodge (L), Cunningham House (M), Delta Upsilon House (N), Eugene and Thersa Lang Performing Arts Center (O), Hallowell Hall (P), Jerome Kohlberg Hall (Q), Kitao Student Art Gallery (R), Kyle House (S), Lamb/Miller Field House (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Swarthmore: Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Swarthmore include: Squash Courts (1), Michael L Mullan Center (2), Faulkner Tennis Courts (3), Cunningham Fields (4), Clothier Fields (5), Clothier Field (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotel: Alpine Motor Lodge-Christopher'S (650 Baltimore Pike).

Birthplace of: Ben Harvey - Podcaster, Ed McGinley - Football player, Tink Turner - Baseball player and coach.

Delaware County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This borough:

2.5 people
Pennsylvania:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This borough:

67.6%
Whole state:

65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This borough:

3.3%
Whole state:

6.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households
1,304 people in college/university student housing in 2010
12 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers in 2010
1,233 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus) in 2000
5 people in homes for the mentally retarded in 2000

Banks with branches in Swarthmore (2011 data):

  • PNC Bank, National Association: Swarthmore Branch at 31 South Chester Road, branch established on 1953/07/01. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • The Bryn Mawr Trust Company: Swarthmore Branch at 330 Dartmouth Avenue, branch established on 1934/01/01. Info updated 2010/07/09: Bank assets: $1,755.3 mil, Deposits: $1,387.9 mil, headquarters in Bryn Mawr, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 24 total offices, Holding Company: Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Swarthmore:

Marital status in Swarthmore, PA
  • Never married: 45.4%
  • Now married: 44.7%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 4.1%
  • Divorced: 5.0%

For population 25 years and over in Swarthmore:

  • High school or higher: 97.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 77.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 49.8%
  • Unemployed: 2.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.7
Pennsylvania average:

11.4

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Swarthmore
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Swarthmore, PA (based on Delaware County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic262,50650
Mainline Protestant52,224169
Evangelical Protestant24,456136
Other9,00927
Black Protestant5,61739
Orthodox5,0968
None200,071-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 103
This county:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.02 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 83
Delaware County:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 63
This county:

1.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 313
This county:

5.66 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Delaware County:

8.5%
State:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

25.7%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Delaware County:

11.1%
Pennsylvania:

11.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Swarthmore:

59.4%
Pennsylvania:

49.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

63.3%
Pennsylvania:

46.3%

Average BMI:
Swarthmore:

27.2
State:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Swarthmore:

15.9%
Pennsylvania:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

7.8%
Pennsylvania:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

7.1
Pennsylvania:

6.8

Overweight people:
Swarthmore:

31.0%
State:

34.2%

General health condition:
Swarthmore:

66.4%
Pennsylvania:

55.7%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

82.2%
Pennsylvania:

78.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Swarthmore, PA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 9$59,160$78,8800$0
Streets and Highways 4$16,928$50,7841$733
Financial Administration 1$4,115$49,3801$766
Other Government Administration 1$7,244$86,9281$3,326
Police - Other 0$0 4$3,956
Local Libraries 0$0 0$0
Gas Supply 0$0 0$0
Electric Power 0$0 0$0
Water Supply 0$0 0$0
Natural Resources 0$0 0$0
Parks and Recreation 0$0 0$0
Sewerage 0$0 0$0
Solid Waste Management 0$0 0$0
Hospitals 0$0 0$0
Health 0$0 0$0
Welfare 0$0 0$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$172
Firefighters 0$0 0$0
Transit 0$0 0$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 0$0 0$0
Judicial and Legal 0$0 0$0
Water Transport and Terminals 0$0 0$0
Airports 0$0 0$0
Correction 0$0 0$0
Fire - Other 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 15$87,447$69,9588$8,953

Swarthmore government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $53,000 ($8.47)
    Regular Highways: $43,000 ($6.87)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $912,000 ($145.76)
    Sewerage: $625,000 ($99.89)
    General - Other: $569,000 ($90.94)
    Solid Waste Management: $443,000 ($70.80)
    Regular Highways: $305,000 ($48.75)
    Central Staff Services: $214,000 ($34.20)
    Local Fire Protection: $173,000 ($27.65)
    Libraries: $114,000 ($18.22)
    Parks and Recreation: $83,000 ($13.27)
    General Public Buildings: $80,000 ($12.79)
    Financial Administration: $34,000 ($5.43)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $25,000 ($4.00)
    Housing and Community Development: $24,000 ($3.84)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $1,000 ($0.16)
    Health - Other: $1,000 ($0.16)
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $1,894,000 ($302.70)
    Corporate Bonds: $1,442,000 ($230.46)
    Benefit Payments: $285,000 ($45.55)
    Total Cash and Deposits: $63,000 ($10.07)
    Other Investments - Other: $16,000 ($2.56)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $83,000 ($13.27)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $11,000 ($1.76)
    Parks and Recreation: $3,000 ($0.48)
    Central Staff Services: $3,000 ($0.48)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,294,000 ($206.81)

Swarthmore government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $764,000 ($122.10)
    Solid Waste Management: $454,000 ($72.56)
    Other: $212,000 ($33.88)
    Parking Facilities: $79,000 ($12.63)
    Parks and Recreation: $23,000 ($3.68)
  • Employee Retirement - From Other Governments: $140,000 ($22.37)
    Local Employee Contribution: $63,000 ($10.07)
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $-27,000 ($-4.32)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $8,000 ($1.28)
  • Miscellaneous - Donations From Private Sources: $109,000 ($17.42)
    Fines and Forfeits: $38,000 ($6.07)
    General Revenue - Other: $3,000 ($0.48)
    Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($0.16)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $243,000 ($38.84)
    Highways: $114,000 ($18.22)
    General Local Government Support: $3,000 ($0.48)
  • Tax - Property: $1,892,000 ($302.38)
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $144,000 ($23.01)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $100,000 ($15.98)
    Public Utility License: $87,000 ($13.90)

Swarthmore government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,870,000 ($458.69)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,638,000 ($421.61)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $232,000 ($37.08)

Swarthmore government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $173,000 ($27.65)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $671,000 ($107.24)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $622,000 ($99.41)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $44,000 ($7.03)

4.91% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($73,970 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.91%
Pennsylvania average:

4.58%

0.02% of residents moved from foreign countries ($690 average AGI)
Delaware County:

0.02%
Pennsylvania average:

0.03%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Philadelphia County, PA  1.74% ($50,820 average AGI)
from Chester County, PA  0.53% ($114,050)
from Montgomery County, PA  0.51% ($96,517)


5.49% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($74,850 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.49%
Pennsylvania average:

4.96%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,488 average AGI)
Delaware County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Philadelphia County, PA  1.31% ($45,190 average AGI)
to Chester County, PA  0.73% ($97,712)
to Montgomery County, PA  0.58% ($92,262)
Businesses in Swarthmore, PA
NameCountNameCount
Baskin-Robbins1FedEx3
CVS1Nissan1
Dunkin Donuts1True Value1

Strongest AM radio stations in Swarthmore:

  • WVCH (740 AM; 50 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WVCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WPEN (950 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WZZD (990 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WNWR (1540 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA)
  • KYW (1060 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WPHT (1210 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WIP (610 AM; 5 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF PHILADELPHIA)
  • WPWA (1590 AM; 3 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: MOUNT OCEAN MEDIA, L.L.C.)
  • WFIL (560 AM; 5 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WWDB (860 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA)
  • WDAS (1480 AM; 5 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WTMR (800 AM; 5 kW; CAMDEN, NJ; Owner: WTMR LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Swarthmore:

  • WSRN-FM (91.5 FM; SWARTHMORE, PA; Owner: SWARTHMORE COLLEGE)
  • WPLY (100.3 FM; MEDIA, PA; Owner: RADIO ONE LICENSES, LLC)
  • WMGK (102.9 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WMWX (95.7 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WOGL (98.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WBEB (101.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WEAZ-FM RADIO, INC.)
  • WRTI (90.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: TEMPLE UNIV. OF THE COMMONWEALTH, ET)
  • WSNI-FM (104.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WPHI-FM (103.9 FM; JENKINTOWN, PA; Owner: RADIO ONE LICENSES, LLC)
  • WMMR (93.3 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER BOSTON RADIO, INC.)
  • WHYY-FM (90.9 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WHYY, INC.)
  • WXTU (92.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WXTU LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WXPN (88.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNA.)
  • WPTP (96.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WDAS LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WDAS-FM (105.3 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WUSL (98.9 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WYSP (94.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WIOQ (102.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • W278AK (103.5 FM; VILLAGE GREEN, PA; Owner: PRIORITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WJBR-FM (99.5 FM; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Swarthmore:

  • KYW-TV (Channel 3; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • WPHL-TV (Channel 17; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION COMPANY)
  • WPVI-TV (Channel 6; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WPSG (Channel 57; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: VIACOM STATIONS GROUP OF PHILADELPHIA INC.)
  • WPPX (Channel 61; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: PAXSON PHILADELPHIA LICENSE, INC.)
  • WWJT-LP (Channel 7; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PHILADELPHIA TELEVISION NETWORK, INC)
  • WCAU (Channel 10; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: NBC SUBSIDIARY (WCAU-TV), L.P.)
  • WGTW (Channel 48; BURLINGTON, NJ; Owner: BRUNSON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WYBE (Channel 35; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INDEPENDENCE PUBLIC MEDIA OF PHILADELPHIA, INC.)
  • WHYY-TV (Channel 12; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: WHYY, INC.)
  • WTXF-TV (Channel 29; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: FOX TV STATIONS OF PHILADELPHIA)
  • WELL-LP (Channel 8; WILLOW GROVE, ETC., PA; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • WFPA-CA (Channel 28; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WXTV LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.)
  • WPHA-LP (Channel 63; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • W40AZ (Channel 40; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: NATIONAL MINORITY T.V., INC.)
  • W55BT (Channel 55; TALLEYVILLE, DE; Owner: MEDIACASTING LLC)
  • WUVP (Channel 65; VINELAND, NJ; Owner: UNIVISION PHILADELPHIA LLC)
  • WTSD-CA (Channel 14; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: PRIORITY COMMUNICATIONS MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WMCN-TV (Channel 53; ATLANTIC CITY, NJ; Owner: LENFEST BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WNJS (Channel 23; CAMDEN, NJ; Owner: NEW JERSEY PUBLIC BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WPSJ-LP (Channel 8; HAMMONTON, ETC., NJ; Owner: ENGLE BROADCASTING)
  • W33BT (Channel 33; CAMDEN, NJ; Owner: MEDIACASTING LLC)
Swarthmore fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Swarthmore fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 7ft / 1.6mTotal length
  • $238,000Total costs
  • 11,615Total average daily traffic
  • 1,096Total average daily truck traffic

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

5
  • 500 College Avenue (Lat: 39.903611 Lon: -75.351667), Type: Bant, Structure height: 20 m, Overall height: 22 m, Call Sign: WPSN327,
    Assigned Frequencies: 461.025 MHz, 461.100 MHz, Grant Date: 05/03/2011, Expiration Date: 06/26/2021, Certifier: Rhoda Maurer, Registrant: Federal Licensing Inc, 1588 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325, Phone: (717) 334-9262, Fax: (717) 334-6440
  • Lat: 39.904194 Lon: -75.351972, Call Sign: WPZC374,
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.962 MHz, Grant Date: 12/24/2003, Expiration Date: 12/24/2013, Cancellation Date: 03/01/2014, Certifier: Tom Cochrane, Registrant: Metropolitan Communications, Inc., 309 Commerce Drive, Exton, PA 19341, Phone: (610) 363-5858, Fax: (610) 524-9970, Email:
  • Lat: 39.906917 Lon: -75.352639, Call Sign: WQCA523, Licensee ID: L00036440,
    Assigned Frequencies: 72.1000 MHz, 72.1800 MHz, 72.2600 MHz, Grant Date: 03/26/2015, Expiration Date: 01/18/2025, Certifier: William Maguvre, Registrant: Swarthmore College
  • Lat: 39.904194 Lon: -75.351972, Call Sign: WQTY217,
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.962 MHz, Grant Date: 05/05/2014, Expiration Date: 05/05/2024, Certifier: Tom Cochrane, Registrant: Metropolitan Communications, Inc., 309 Commerce Drive, Exton, PA 19341, Phone: (610) 363-5858, Fax: (610) 524-9970, Email:
  • Lat: 39.901667 Lon: -75.348472, Call Sign: WQXV395,
    Assigned Frequencies: 457.750 MHz, 461.575 MHz, 463.350 MHz, 466.575 MHz, 468.350 MHz, Grant Date: 06/20/2016, Expiration Date: 06/20/2026, Certifier: Richard Lee, Registrant: Communications Systems & Solutions, Inc., 20 South Union Ave, Unit 3, Landsdowne, PA 19050, Phone: (610) 394-9000, Fax: (610) 394-2040, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • PA-PHL5343A, 1425 Grace Rd (Lat: 39.884556 Lon: -75.352806), Type: Pole, Structure height: 45.7 m, Overall height: 46.6 m, Call Sign: WQKT686,
    Assigned Frequencies: 19375.0 MHz, 21875.0 MHz, 19475.0 MHz, 22025.0 MHz, Grant Date: 09/10/2009, Expiration Date: 09/10/2019, Certifier: Nadja S Sodos-Wallace, Registrant: Sprint Corporation, 12502 Sunrise Valley Drive, M/S: Varesa, Reston, VA 20196, Phone: (800) 572-8256, Fax: (703) 433-4483, Email:
  • SWARTHMORE, Water Tank Beside Crum Creek (Lat: 39.907333 Lon: -75.356000), Overall height: 54.9 m, Call Sign: WLC284, Licensee ID: L00021591,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10975.0 MHz, 11095.0 MHz, 11055.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, Grant Date: 07/05/1985, Expiration Date: 03/01/2000, Cancellation Date: 06/04/2000, Registrant: Wang Communications, Inc., 2000 Fifteenth Street,North Suite 6, Arlington, VA 22207

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

43 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Swarthmore)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

8 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Swarthmore)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED6$297,66730$290,533146$270,3018$129,7501$188,0004$202,500
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$02$351,00010$255,5001$23,0000$01$232,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$132,0000$028$271,9644$201,7500$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$02$330,00022$251,1361$75,0000$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$08$264,7500$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 4076.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED4$261,2504$251,250
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED3$271,0002$329,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$01$264,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 4076.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Swarthmore, PA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Swarthmore, PA - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 32
  • Hazardous Condition: 48
Fire incident types in Swarthmore, PA

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Swarthmore, PA
Most common first names in Swarthmore, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13075.8 years
Mary8780.8 years
William8076.6 years
Margaret7281.6 years
Joseph6473.8 years
Robert5975.3 years
James5573.8 years
Helen5179.8 years
George4875.9 years
Elizabeth4080.0 years
Most common last names in Swarthmore, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2680.7 years
Johnson2078.2 years
Brown1676.6 years
Wilson1476.4 years
Anderson1475.9 years
Jones1277.3 years
Snyder1178.5 years
Campbell1081.5 years
Kelly876.2 years
Hill882.6 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Swarthmore, PA
  • 71.4%Utility gas
  • 19.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.6%Electricity
  • 2.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.2%No fuel used
  • 1.1%Wood
  • 0.6%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Swarthmore, PA
  • 47.8%Utility gas
  • 34.8%Electricity
  • 13.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.3%Other fuel
  • 1.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Swarthmore compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Median house value above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Swarthmore on our top lists:

  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: legal occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest median household income and median resident age less than 35"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people having Master's or Doctorate degrees (population 5,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: education, training, and library occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 100 cities with old houses but young residents (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Barbados (population 500+)"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: educational services (population 5,000+)"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Argentina (population 500+)"
  • #62 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest percentage of divorced people (15+ years)(population 5,000+)"
  • #71 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of college students (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: management occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: educational services (population 5,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people having Doctorate degrees (population 500+)"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people having professional degrees (population 500+)"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people walking to work (population 5,000+)"
  • #96 on the list of "Top 100 best educated cities (highest percentage of bachelor degree holding residents)"
  • #14 (19064) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Irish first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
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