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Glenside, Pennsylvania

Census-designated place
Neighborhood of Cheltenham Township
From top left: Grey Towers Castle, Glenside Welcome Sign at Limekiln Pike & Easton Road, Downtown Glenside, Glenside Trust Company Building, Philadelphia Skyline, former Glenside National Bank building, Glenside Memorial Hall
Nickname: G Side
Country  United States
State  Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Townships Abington, Cheltenham
Elevation 262 ft (79.9 m)
Area 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 - land 1.3 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 8,384 (2010)
Density 6,449.2 / sq mi (2,490.1 / km2)
Timezone Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19038
Area code 215
Commissioners J. Andrew Sharkey
Kathy A. Hampton (East)
Location of Glenside in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Glenside is a census-designated place (CDP) in Abington, Cheltenham, and Springfield townships, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,384 at the 2010 census on a land area of only 1.3 square miles. Glenside borders the City of Philadelphia along Cheltenham Avenue, and is about 7 miles from Center City. Glenside is part of the Delaware Valley and is a close-in suburb of Philadelphia.


  • Geography 1
  • Topography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Transportation 4
    • SEPTA 4.1
    • Amtrak 4.2
    • Roads 4.3
  • Climate 5
  • Locale 6
  • Education 7
    • Primary institutions 7.1
    • Secondary institutions 7.2
    • Other institutions 7.3
  • Points of interest 8
  • Landmarks 9
  • Media 10
  • Independence Day Parade 11
  • Notable Residents 12
  • Miscellaneous 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15


Glenside is located at (40.102960, -75.152264).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.

Glenside is a part of 3 different townships: Abington Township, Springfield Township, and Cheltenham Township, with the latter being where the majority of Glenside is located, including the United States Post Office, Glenside Library, and Glenside Memorial Hall.


The altitude ranges from 232 feet near Glenside Memorial Hall to 405 feet on Sunset and Lindley Roads. The majority of Glenside is around 300 feet in elevation; it is 238 feet at the intersection of Waverly and Easton roads, the center of Glenside.


United States Post Office in Glenside

As of the 2010 census, the CDP was 85.4% White, 7.2% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 1.0% were Some Other Race, and 1.7% were two or more races. 2.9% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[2]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,914 people, 3,103 households, and 2,013 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,217.4 people per square mile (2,406.0/km²). There were 3,181 housing units at an average density of 2,499.1/sq mi (967.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.97% White, 6.66% African American, 0.10% Native American, 3.02% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.

There were 3,103 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $58,868, and the median income for a family was $74,025. Males had a median income of $48,378 versus $35,629 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,393. About 1.6% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.


A SEPTA Main Line train pulling out of Glenside
Easton Road is the main street of Glenside
The Glenside Pub in downtown Glenside

Glenside is located at about a 30-minute drive to downtown Philadelphia, 2 hours to New York City, 2 hours to the Pocono Mountains, and 1.5 hours to the Jersey shore. Glenside has easy access to many major US highways, such as US Route 1, Interstate 95, Interstate 76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and US Route 30.


Glenside is served by SEPTA regional rail at the Glenside Train Station. The station, which was originally called Abington, has its roots back with the North Pennsylvania Railroad and the Reading Railroad. Trains north split at Carmel Interlocking, just north of the station, and either go to Lansdale/Doylestown Line or the Warminster Line. Trains going south go to Philadelphia, which is about a 25-minute ride to Jefferson Station and 35 minutes to 30th Street Station. Express trains make it to Jefferson in as little as 20 minutes. With two lines serving the station, the frequent train service makes Glenside an attractive place to live. Glenside is also served by SEPTA buses, in particular, routes 77 and 22.


Glenside is accessible to Amtrak, which provides train service to most major cities in the Northeast. Glenside is a 30-minute SEPTA ride or 30-minute drive to Amtrak's 30th Street Station, the 3rd busiest station in the Amtrak system, in Downtown Philadelphia.


Glenside also has several major local roads, such as:

Pennsylvania Route 73 provides a connection with western Montgomery County and New Jersey. In Glenside, it is known as Church Road.

Pennsylvania Route 309 also known as the "Fort Washington Expressway" or just "309," is a 2-lane highway providing a direct access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The southern terminus of 309 is about 1 mile from downtown Glenside.

Pennsylvania Route 152 also known as "Limekiln Pike," begins in Glenside, where it intersects with 309. It then proceeds to intersect with 73, and eventually continues north into Bucks County

Glenside is located in close proximity to several national roads:

  • Glenside to - 7 miles
  • Glenside to - 4.1 miles
  • Glenside to - 4 miles
  • Glenside to - 7.7 miles
  • Glenside to - 5.1 miles


Glenside has a typical Northeast climate. Summers are hot, with highs averaging in the mid to high 80's. The middle of summer sees several days breaking the 90-degree mark, with only one or two days rising over 100 degrees. Summer nights can be erratic, ranging anywhere from the high 60's to the low 70's. Spring and Fall are pleasant, with the highs usually hovering around 60 degrees, and lows being in the high 40's. Winters are cold, with highs averaging in the mid 30's and lows in the high teens. Numerous days in the winter do not even reach the freezing mark, lows fall into the mid teens. In addition, several days in late December and early January, highs temperatures are in the teens, and lows can plummet to single digits. The following is a chart of the average temperatures in Glenside.[4]

Climate data for Glenside, Pennsylvania
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F 73 73 88 95 96 102 102 102 98 88 82 76 102
Average high °F 37 42 50 62 72 81 85 84 77 65 54 43 62.6
Average low °F 19 24 32 41 51 62 67 65 56 43 34 26 43
Record low °F −11 −3 −1 16 32 34 45 37 30 20 11 −10 −11
Average precipitation inches 3.44 3.01 4.32 4.12 4.37 4.6 5.05 3.98 4.53 3.82 3.94 4.23 49.4
Record high °C 23 23 31 35 36 39 39 39 37 31 28 24 39
Average high °C 3 6 10 17 22 27 29 29 25 18 12 6 17
Average low °C −7 −4 0 5 11 17 19 18 13 6 1 −3 6
Record low °C −24 −19 −18 −9 0 1 7 3 −1 −7 −12 −23 −24
Average precipitation mm 87.4 76.5 109.7 104.6 111 117 128.3 101.1 115.1 97 100.1 107.4 1,255
Source: The Weather Channel "Average Weather for Glenside, PA". The Weather Channel. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 



Cheltenham High School, the sole High School in Cheltenham Township
Glenside Elementary (1956-2009). The new Glenside Elementary was finished in 2011
A typical Glenside brick house
The same house following a blizzard in 2010

Primary institutions

Glenside is home to Arcadia University, a private co-educational four-year liberal arts university. Arcadia is well known for its Study Abroad programs, which two-thirds of their students participate in. The University offers majors in the College of Business, College of Health and Sciences, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The campus is set on National Historic Landmark Grey Towers Castle, which was built in 1893.

Secondary institutions

Since Glenside is located in Cheltenham, and Abington Townships, not all Glenside residents go to schools within the same district. A Glenside resident will follow one of these paths, depending on which township they live in.

  • Cheltenham Township
Glenside Elementary (K-4)
Elkins Park Middle School (5-6)
Cedarbrook Middle School (7-8)
Cheltenham High School (9-12)
  • Abington Township
Copper Beech Elementary School (K-6)
Abington Junior High School (7-9)
Abington Senior High School (10-12)

Other institutions

Glenside is also home to Westminster Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian and Reformed Christian graduate institution. There is a satellite campus in London. Catholic education in Glenside is supported by Saint Joseph the Protector School on Fairhill Ave. Students from this school often attend the local Catholic high school, Bishop McDevitt.

Points of interest

  • Harry Renninger Park - formerly known as Glenside Park, was once home to minor league baseball play. Historical photos show large grandstands decorated with bunting for seating crowds.
  • Grove Park
The Exterior of Glenside Free Library
Glenside Memorial Hall from Keswick Avenue
The grave of legendary Hall of Fame Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack.
  • Penbryn Park
  • Glenside Pool - Relocated and Constructed in 1967[5]
  • Glenside Free Library - Established 1928, member MCLINC (Montgomery County Library & Information Network Consortium)



Glenside is served by two newspapers; "Times Chronicle" and "Glenside News," both papers a division of "Montgomery News.[6]"

The following is a list of radio stations that can be heard in the Glenside area.[7]


Independence Day Parade

The annual

  • Downtown Glenside from Google Street View
  • Greater Glenside Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Glenside Patriotic Association
  • Cheltenham Township Home Page
  • Abington Township Home Page

External links

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  2. ^ Census 2010: Pennsylvania. Usatoday.Com. Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  4. ^ "Average Weather for Glenside, PA - Temperature and Precipitation". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Community Pools - Cheltenham, PA". 
  6. ^ "Montgomery News". Montgomery News. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  7. ^ "Glenside, Pennsylvania (PA 19038) profile: population, maps, real estate, averages, homes, statistics, relocation, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, moving, houses, news". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  8. ^ "Glenside antiques, collectibles merchant talks a great game". Montgomery Media. 
  9. ^ Wolfson, C. K. "A Picture of Success". Martha's Vineyard Magazine. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 


  • Glenside is also the location of the main office building for Newgrounds.


Notable Residents
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