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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

Drexel Hill
Census-designated place
Country  United States
State  Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Townships Upper Darby
Elevation 246 ft (75 m)
Area 3.2 sq mi (8.3 km2)
 - land 3.2 sq mi (8 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 30,036 (2007)
Density 9,113.9 / sq mi (3,518.9 / km2)
Mayor Tom Micozzie
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19026
Area code 610
Location of Drexel Hill in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Drexel Hill is a census-designated place in Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. Drexel Hill is located southwest of Center City, Philadelphia and is part of the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The population was 30,036 at the 2007 census.[1]


  • Geography 1
    • Drexelbrook 1.1
    • Emergency services 1.2
  • Historic sites 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Transportation 4
    • SEPTA 4.1
    • Major roads 4.2
  • Education 5
    • Public schools 5.1
    • Parochial schools 5.2
    • Private schools 5.3
  • Notable people 6
  • Further reading 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Drexel Hill is located at (39.949962, -75.301841).[2]

The CDP has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), all land.[3]


Drexelbrook is a community within Drexel Hill that encompasses 1,223 homes in 90 federal style buildings, a Catering Banquet & Corporate Events Center and over 2,600 parking spaces, including 520 private garages. The community provides recreational areas for all ages. There are playgrounds and walking paths throughout.

Emergency services

Drexel Hill is served by the Upper Darby Police Department, Crozer-Keystone Paramedics (based out of Delaware County Memorial Hospital), and the Upper Darby Township Fire Department, a combination paid/volunteer department which consists of 5 stations: Company 20 - Garrettford-Drexel Hill (which is the only full-time volunteer station), housing 3 pumpers (engines), one ladder truck, and one rescue truck. Company 26 - Highland Park, housing 2 pumpers, one ladder truck, and one rescue truck. Company 36 - Cardington-Stonehurst, housing one pumper, one squrt, one ladder truck, and one air/light unit. Company 37 - Upper Darby, housing one pumper, one quint, and one utility truck. Company 74 - Primos-Secane-Westbrook Park, housing 2 pumpers (including a foam pumper) and one tower ladder truck.

Companies 26, 36, 37, and 74 are staffed from 7 am Monday mornings until 7 am Saturday mornings by career personnel from IAFF Local 2493. They are supplemented by volunteers during the weekdays and fully staffed by volunteers on weekends.

Historic sites

The Swedish Log Cabin on Creek Road alongside Darby Creek is possibly the oldest log house in North America. Drexel Hill is located within the area claimed by the Swedish colony of New Sweden. The cabin is believed to have been built by early Swedish settlers who were part of New Sweden colony. The cabin was most likely built between 1638 and 1655, but the exact year is not known. Log Cabin architecture was a major contribution of the colonial Swedes. European settlers from other countries copied this style of housing and the log cabin became popular all across America.[4]

Thornfield, boyhood home of Thomas Garrett

Thornfield, the estate of famed abolitionist and Quaker Thomas Garrett, lies on Garrett Road (named for his family, who were among the earliest settlers of that part of the Township) and Maple Avenue in Drexel Hill. Garrett resided here before 1822 and would later work as a station master in Wilmington, Delaware, the last stop on the Underground Railroad. In 1956, the Thornfield estate was purchased by Caroline and Walter Isard, active Quakers who moved to the area when Walter founded the Regional Science department at the University of Pennsylvania. Caroline went on to found the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia together with other concerned citizens in the area.

As of 2014, the estate has been owned by Randal T. Rioux. It is currently undergoing restoration, along with renovations necessary to preserve its history and allow for modern capabilities.


As of the 2010 census the racial makeup of Drexel Hill was: White, 87.06%; Black or African American, 5.45%; American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.11%; Asian, 5.31%; Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 0.05%; and other, 2.02%.

The largest ethnic groups in Drexel Hill are: Irish (41.8%), Italian (24.5%), German (16.7%), English (9.9%), Polish (4.2%), United States (2.8%), Hispanic (2.16%).

There were 11,896 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $48,765, and the median income for a family was $65,862 .[6] Males had a median income of $42,841 versus $31,904 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $25,471. About 3.5% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.



SEPTA operates two suburban trolley Lines through Drexel Hill: Route 101 Media and Route 102 Sharon Hill. Several bus lines also operate via Drexel Hill, including routes 107, 110, 111, 115 and 122.

Major roads

The major roads running through Drexel Hill are Township Line Road (US 1), State Road, Burmont Road, Garrett Road, Lansdowne Avenue, Marshall Road, Drexel Avenue, Edmonds Avenue and Shadeland Avenue.


Public schools

  • Drexel Hill Middle School
  • Aronimink Elementary School
  • Garretford Elementary School
  • Charles Kelly Elementary School
  • Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Upper Darby Kindergarten Center
  • Upper Darby Senior High School

Parochial schools

Saint Alice's Elementary School is in Upper Darby not Drexel Hill. (The school closed in 2008, but the parish remains open. Victor Taylor was a student at Saint Alice's from 1974 to 1982.)

Private schools

  • Holy Child Academy[9]

Notable people

Television personality Dick Clark resided here from 1954 to 1956 at the Drexelbrook Apartment complex before moving to Wallingford, Pennsylvania, while hosting Barr’s Diamond Theater and a radio show on WFIL, prior to being selected to host American Bandstand. Television personality Ed McMahon also resided at the Drexelbrook, as Dick Clark's neighbor, prior to teaming up with Johnny Carson on "Do You Trust Your Wife?", then "The Tonight Show". Well-known children's author Lloyd Alexander also lived in Drexel Hill with his wife and several cats.

1970s folk/pop singer-songwriter Jim Croce grew up in the Bywood and Drexel Hill sections of Upper Darby. He graduated Upper Darby Sr. High in 1960, and attended Villanova University 1961-1965. He married Ingrid Jacobson of Wallingford. Her family is believed to have bought the house Dick Clark sold upon leaving for the west coast when Bandstand left WFIL in the early '60s. Croce's career was cut short in a Louisiana plane crash on September 20, 1973 after a concert at Northwestern State University. Croce was the first to be inducted on Upper Darby High School's "Wall Of Fame" in April 1976.

United States Representative Pat Meehan of the Seventh Congressional District of Pennsylvania is a resident of Drexel Hill.

Alan Graham MacDiarmid ONZ (April 14, 1927 – February 7, 2007) was a chemist, and one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2000. In early February 2007,aged 79, he fell down the stairs in his home in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. He died on February 7, 2007. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery Co in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Further reading

  • Drexel Hill at


  1. ^ Drexel Hill CDP, Pennsylvania
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  3. ^ The United States Census Bureau
  4. ^ Found in Delaware County: A Swedish Cabin
  5. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)".  
  6. ^ Drexel Hill CDP, Pennsylvania
  7. ^ Saint Andrew the Apostle School
  8. ^ Saint Dorothy's Elementary School
  9. ^ Holy Child Academy

External links

  • Swedish Log Cabin
  • The Friends of the Swedish Cabin
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