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Swarthmore is a borough in Delaware Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker. Swarthmore was originally named Westdale in honor of noted painter Benjamin West, who was one of the early residents of the town. The name was changed to Swarthmore after the establishment of Swarthmore Collegemarker. "Swarthmore" can be pronounced with the first "r" either vocalized or dropped due to differences in rhotic and non-rhotic accents.

Geography

Swarthmore is located at (39.901788, -75.347083) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,170 people, 1,993 households, and 1,347 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,460.4 people per square mile (1,726.3/km²). There were 2,064 housing units at an average density of 1,492.1/sq mi (577.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.87% White, 5.49% Asian, 4.72% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.07% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.37% of the population.

There were 1,993 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the borough the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 24.4% from 18 to 24, 18.9% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $82,653, and the median income for a family was $105,874. Males had a median income of $71,750 versus $51,117 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,482. About 0.5% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Swarthmore lies within the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. According to Pennsylvaniamarker state policy, Swarthmore is considered too small a town to have its own secondary schools. Hence, in 1984 Swarthmore High Schoolmarker merged with adjacent Nether Providence High Schoolmarker to form Strath Haven High Schoolmarker.

Public schools

Grades School
Kindergarten Kids' Place
1-5 Nether Providence Elementary School
Swarthmore-Rutledge Elementary School
Wallingford Elementary School

6-8 Strath Haven Middle School
9-12 Strath Haven High Schoolmarker
Swarthmore is also home to the Swarthmore Collegemarker, which is right next to the Benjamin West House (the home of Benjamin West) the house of a painter who lived in what is currently known as Swarthmore, but was Springfieldmarker at the time.

Private schools

  • Ancona Montessori School
  • George Crothers Memorial School


Cultural Institutions

The Ogden House

Scott Arboretum is located on the campus of Swarthmore Collegemarker.

Transportation

Swarthmore Stationmarker, a SEPTA Regional Rail train station on the R3 Media/Elwyn Line, sits between the college and the town's center.

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