Delaware County

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Welcome To Delaware County

A Tight-Knit Community In Pennsylvania

Delaware County, also known as Delco, is located within one of the most affluent regions of Pennsylvania: the Delaware Valley, which includes the suburban Philadelphia counties of Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, and Bucks. Despite its small area, Delaware County is the fourth most inhabited place in the state, with a tight-knit community and people proud of where they live.

Are you thinking about moving to Delaware County? We’ve got you. In this Delaware County Neighborhood Guide, we’ll tour you like a local and help you discover some of the best areas to live in this County. Let’s dive right in.

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Where Is Delaware County, Pennsylvania?

Delaware County is situated about 22 miles south of Philadelphia and is named after the Delaware River. It borders Montgomery, Chester, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as New Castle County, Delaware, and New Jersey's Gloucester County.

Living In Delaware County

Delaware County is bisected north to south by Blue Route Interstate 476. It is also home to SEPTA’s 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, and is served by the Norristown High Speed Line, two Red Arrow trolley lines, four Regional Rail Lines, and various bus routes.

Fairmount is located near multiple SEPTA transportation stops and the Regional Rail, making commuting very easy for residents. SEPTA’s Broad Street Line drops riders off directly on Fairmount’s eastern boundary. Bus routes 48, 33, 32 and 7 run to and from Center City.

There are 49 municipalities in Delaware County are they each have unique characteristics. Interestingly, only one of these neighborhoods is actually a city: Chester!

Top 5 neighborhoods in Delaware County

This might surprise you but Chester is the only city in Delaware County – and also the oldest city in Pennsylvania, founded in 1682. It is located 19 miles from downtown Philadelphia on the Delaware River and is one of the most popular areas to settle in Delco. In Chester, you’ll be enjoying an urban lifestyle in an engaged community and plenty of local business opportunities.

Top things to do in Chester:

• Visit Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack
• Go to a concert or Philadelphia Union soccer game at Subaru Park
• Eat delicious food at popular restaurants like Upland Diner and Slowdown Grillpub

Media, Pennsylvania is known as Everyone’s Hometown, and you’ll immediately understand why. Here, you can walk to restaurants, shops, bars, a movie theater, and more without ever having to drive. Located in Delaware County in western Philadelphia’s suburbs, Media is accessible by interstate and regional rail, and it is just 20 miles from Center City Philadelphia and Wilmington. An easy commute, a strong sense of community, higher quality of life, and excellent school districts make buying a home in Media a smart decision.

Top things to do in Media:

• Enjoy over 2,000 acres of hiking, jogging, biking, fishing, and picnicking at Rose Tree Park and Ridley Creek State Park
• Head to State Street for the Americana Roots Ramble in May, State Street Blues Stroll in June, and the Jazz By Night Celebration in November
• Head to the 75 restaurants in Media with diverse styles and tastes, like Pinocchio’s Restaurant and Azie Media

Just west of Philadelphia, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, is a laid-back, suburban community with country homes, a vibrant downtown, and a deep connection to its history. Walking around Newtown Square, you’ll find history everywhere, from Bartram’s Covered Bridge, the last in Delaware County, to the Square Tavern, a historic tavern built in the 1700s. The town of Newtown Square has a great deal of open space. Many residents like strolling around and appreciating the natural and architectural beauty of their neighborhood. Those who work in the city can easily take the SEPTA Regional Rail train into Philadelphia.

Top things to do in Newton Square

• Play golf at Aronomink, which has been host to multiple USGA and PGA championships in its history
• Visit the town museums, including the Paper Mill House Museum and the Railroad Museum
• Find dining options in Newtown Square’s downtown area, like Teca Newtown Square, First Watch and Firepoint Grill

Springfield Township, called Springfield, is situated in Delaware County, about 10 miles west of Philadelphia. Offering a unique mix of rustic, small-town, and edge-of-the-city suburbs, Springfield Township suits those that want a bucolic, community-centered lifestyle. Families with children will be reassured by the high-quality schools in the region as well as some top-rated colleges. Residents can enjoy a great quality of life, family-friendly amenities, and being 30 minutes away from Philadelphia.

Top things to do in Springfield:

• Head to Wissahickon Valley Park, where you can enjoy a wealth of green spaces and outdoor recreational activities
• Check out the Flourtown Farmers Market, located in the former Springfield Hotel and held three days a week
• Try some delicious food at Springfield’s popular eateries like Springfield Diner, Tavola Restaurant and Bar, and Heng’s Thai Cuisine.

The West Philadelphia suburb of Havertown, nine miles from Philadelphia’s center, has a history that dates back to the 1600s. The neighborhood manufactured textiles for the Union army in the Civil War and gunpowder for the War of 1812. Over the years, the area has become a close-knit community with over 30 parks and sporting fields, providing a tranquil escape from downtown Philadelphia’s hustle and bustle. And when you love the shops, head over to Haverford’s Shopping District to find the perfect outfit or decorative home accent.

Top things to do in Havertown:

• Visit Nitre Hall, a 19th-century historic building decorated in the Empire and Victorian styles with colonial exhibits on display
• Explore the Grange Estate, a beautiful gothic mansion with Victorian gardens built in 1750 and visited by Goerge Washington
• Try some delicious food and drinks at Havertown’s favorite spots like Brick & Brew for wood-fired pies and craft beer, and Barnaby’s of America for tasty Philly cheesesteak.

Broomall is located about 11 miles west of downtown Philadelphia bordered by Springfield, Havertown, Newton Square, Haverford, and Worrell. This tranquil suburban location is known for its green parks, country clubs, and golf courses mixed with curved streets. Residents will also have access to plenty of fun things to do and great places to eat. For instance, families with children will love taking advantage of the Marple Sports Arena, where young and old can take part in roller hockey, skating, climbing and playing in the arcade.

Top things to do in Broomall:

• Have a great day immersed in nature at Veterans Park, where, in summer, families have picnics and, in winter, children sled down the nearby hills
• Check out The Thomas Massey House, built in 1696 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places
• Taste great food at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and The Original Thunderbird Steakhouse and Catering

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