Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2014: 6,202 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +0.5%
 
Males: 2,825  (45.6%)
Females: 3,377  (54.4%)
Median resident age:  35.6 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.6 years

Zip codes: 19064.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $119,038 (it was $82,653 in 2000)
Swarthmore:

$119,038
PA:

$52,007

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $48,716 (it was $40,482 in 2000)

Swarthmore borough income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $406,880 (it was $240,200 in 2000)
Swarthmore:

$406,880
PA:

$164,200

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $271,902; Detached houses: $338,956; Townhouses or other attached units: $154,444; In 2-unit structures: $170,420; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $254,846; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $196,169; Mobile homes: $13,543

Median gross rent in 2013: $983.

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  • Races in Swarthmore, PA (2010)

    Swarthmore races chart
    • 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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Swarthmore: 105.6 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Swarthmore, PA City Guides:

Ancestries: German (13.5%), Irish (12.9%), English (12.1%), Italian (7.4%), Polish (3.1%), Russian (3.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 03/06/1893

Elevation: 120 feet

Land area: 1.38 square miles.

Population density: 4,484 people per square mile   (average).

Swarthmore,PA real estate house value index trend

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania map

For population 25 years and over in Swarthmore:

  • High school or higher: 98.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 81.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 55.3%
  • Unemployed: 2.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Swarthmore borough:

  • Never married: 45.5%
  • Now married: 45.4%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 5.4%
  • Divorced: 3.1%

665 residents are foreign born (4.0% Asia, 3.1% Latin America, 2.8% Europe, 1.6% North America).

This borough:

10.7%
Pennsylvania:

6.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $10,869 (2.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $10,569 (2.7%)

Swarthmore satellite photo by USGS

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: +1,077 (+17.3%)
Workers who live and work in this borough: 864 (30.0%)

Swarthmore household income distribution Swarthmore home values distribution

Crime rates in Swarthmore by Year
Type 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2012
Murders 000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 100001010
per 100,000 16.20.00.00.00.016.50.016.20.0
Robberies 301410200
per 100,000 48.60.016.265.016.30.032.90.00.0
Assaults 481011712504
per 100,000 64.7129.6161.7178.8113.9197.682.20.064.4
Burglaries 1712131191892120
per 100,000 275.1194.4210.2178.8146.4296.3148.0340.9322.2
Thefts 577455806874746156
per 100,000 922.51,198.6889.41,300.61,106.11,218.31,216.7990.1902.2
Auto thefts 312552112
per 100,000 48.616.232.381.381.332.916.416.232.2
Arson 010001000
per 100,000 0.016.20.00.00.016.50.00.00.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 296.5) 103.291.292.5129.791.0128.289.079.976.1

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Swarthmore detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 9 (9 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.45
Pennsylvania average:

2.59
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.6%
Pennsylvania:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +58 (+0.9%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Educational services (27%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (20%)
  • Health care and social assistance (14%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Educational services (35%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (15%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Retail trade (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Education, training, and library occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Legal occupations (12%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (6%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (19%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (18%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (10%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)

Work and jobs in Swarthmore: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania average temperatures Swarthmore, Pennsylvania average precipitation Swarthmore, Pennsylvania humidity Swarthmore, Pennsylvania wind speed Swarthmore, Pennsylvania snowfall Swarthmore, Pennsylvania sunshine Swarthmore, Pennsylvania clear and cloudy days

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 the city 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 the city 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 the city 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 the city 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 (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 3

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

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

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)

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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).

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 119. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

119
U.S.:

75

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.257. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.257
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 11.4. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.4
U.S.:

6.4

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 1.16. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 3.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.16
U.S.:

1.91

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 26.6. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 3.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.6
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 17.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.6
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 11.3. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.3
U.S.:

9.4

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 0.0342. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0342
U.S.:

0.0138
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 4.8%
(5.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 5.6% for Black residents)
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

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania environmental map by EPA

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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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.4
Pennsylvania average:

11.4

Swarthmore travel time to work - commute Swarthmore mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Swarthmore borough (based on Delaware County data)

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
Delaware 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.
Pennsylvania:

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

1.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

5.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.5%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Delaware County:

25.7%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.1%
State:

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
Financial Administration 1$4,115$49,3801$766
Other Government Administration 1$7,244$86,9281$3,326
Police Protection - Officers 9$59,160$78,8800$0
Police - Other 0$0 4$3,956
Streets and Highways 4$16,928$50,7841$733
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$172
Totals for Government 15$87,447$69,9588$8,953

Swarthmore government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $132,000 ($21.28)
    Sewerage: $56,000 ($9.03)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $632,000 ($101.90)
    Sewerage: $386,000 ($62.24)
    General - Other: $333,000 ($53.69)
    Solid Waste Management: $247,000 ($39.83)
    Central Staff Services: $228,000 ($36.76)
    Regular Highways: $163,000 ($26.28)
    Libraries: $90,000 ($14.51)
    Parks & Recreation: $75,000 ($12.09)
    General Public Buildings: $67,000 ($10.80)
    Fire Protection: $53,000 ($8.55)
    Housing & Community Development: $10,000 ($1.61)
    Financial Administration: $10,000 ($1.61)
    Health Services - Other: $1,000 ($0.16)
  • Employee Retirement - Securities - Corporate Bonds (market): $2,856,000 ($460.50)
    Total Cash & Deposits: $232,000 ($37.41)
    Benefit Payments: $232,000 ($37.41)
    Other Investments - Other: $108,000 ($17.41)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $106,000 ($17.09)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $23,000 ($3.71)
    Regular Highways: $19,000 ($3.06)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $920,000 ($148.34)

Swarthmore government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $477,000 ($76.91)
    Solid Waste Management: $275,000 ($44.34)
    All Other: $63,000 ($10.16)
    Parking Facilities: $61,000 ($9.84)
  • Employee Retirement - Interest Revenue: $-214,000 ($-34.50)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $14,000 ($2.26)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $93,000 ($15.00)
    Interest Earnings: $36,000 ($5.80)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $91,000 ($14.67)
  • Tax - Property: $1,110,000 ($178.97)
    NEC: $444,000 ($71.59)

Swarthmore government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $2,804,000 ($452.11)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $2,714,000 ($437.60)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $90,000 ($14.51)

Swarthmore government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $477,000 ($76.91)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Federal Securities: $321,000 ($51.76)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $75,000 ($12.09)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $109,000 ($17.57)

4.48% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($53,765 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.48%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%

0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($508 average AGI)
Delaware County:

0.03%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Philadelphia County, PA  1.52% ($39,395 average AGI)
from Chester County, PA  0.47% ($75,682)
from Montgomery County, PA  0.41% ($65,892)


4.95% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($55,275 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.95%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($653 average AGI)
Delaware County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Philadelphia County, PA  1.28% ($35,024 average AGI)
to Chester County, PA  0.65% ($78,925)
to Montgomery County, PA  0.48% ($63,096)

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 - 2014

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2014 (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Swarthmore fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 3m10ftTotal length
  • 11,563Total average daily traffic
  • 436Total average daily truck traffic

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

4
  • 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 MHzGrant Date: 05/03/2011, Expiration Date: 06/26/2021, Certifier: Rhoda MaurerRegistrant: 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 MHzGrant Date: 12/24/2003, Expiration Date: 12/24/2013, Cancellation Date: 03/01/2014, Certifier: Tom CochraneRegistrant: 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 MHzGrant Date: 03/26/2015, Expiration Date: 01/18/2025, Certifier: William MaguvreRegistrant: Swarthmore College
  • Lat: 39.904194 Lon: -75.351972, Call Sign: WQTY217
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.962 MHzGrant Date: 05/05/2014, Expiration Date: 05/05/2024, Certifier: Tom CochraneRegistrant: Metropolitan Communications, Inc., 309 Commerce Drive, Exton, PA 19341, Phone: (610) 363-5858, Fax: (610) 524-9970, 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 MHzGrant Date: 09/10/2009, Expiration Date: 09/10/2019, Certifier: Nadja S Sodos-WallaceRegistrant: Sprint Corporation, 12502 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20196, Phone: (703) 433-4000, Fax: (703) 433-4483
  • 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 MHzGrant Date: 07/05/1985, Expiration Date: 03/01/2000, Cancellation Date: 06/04/2000Registrant: Wang Communications, Inc., 2000 Fifteenth Street,North Suite 6, Arlington, VA 22207

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

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

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 1986E , Serial Number: 7AC-5553, Year manufactured: 1946, Airworthiness Date: 07/23/1955
    Registrant (Individual): Rudolph G Terry, 551 Westminster Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
  • Aircraft: DJI INNOVATIONS PHANTOM 2 VISION (Category: Amphibian, Engines: 4), Engine:
    N-Number: 571ZS , Serial Number: PH645256287
    Registrant (Individual): Andrew P Shelter, 201 Garrett Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081

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

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 32
  • Hazardous Condition: 48

Incident types - Swarthmore

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (63%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21%)
  • Electricity (12%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)
  • Other fuel (1%)
Businesses in Swarthmore, PA
NameCountNameCount
Baskin-Robbins1FedEx3
CVS1Nissan1
Dunkin Donuts1True Value1

Swarthmore compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Median household income significantly above state average.
  • Median house value significantly above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • House age above 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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