Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°01′16″N 75°19′01″W / 40.02111°N 75.31694°W / 40.02111; -75.31694
Bryn Mawr
Census-designated place
Pembroke Hall at Bryn Mawr.jpg
Pembroke Hall on the campus of Bryn Mawr College
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Township Lower Merion
Elevation 420 ft (128 m)
Coordinates 40°01′16″N 75°19′01″W / 40.02111°N 75.31694°W / 40.02111; -75.31694
Area 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
 - land 0.6 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 3,779 (2010)
Density 6,298.3 / sq mi (2,431.8 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19010
Area code 610
Location of Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Bryn Mawr (pronounced /ˌbrɪnˈmɑːr/;[1] from Welsh for "big hill") is a census-designated place (CDP) in Radnor Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania and Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia along Lancaster Avenue (US-30) and the border with Delaware County. Bryn Mawr is located toward the center of what is known as the Main Line, a group of Philadelphia suburbs stretching from the city limits to Malvern. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 4,382. Bryn Mawr is home to Bryn Mawr College.

History[edit]

The name Bryn Mawr means "big hill" in Welsh and takes its name from an estate near Dolgellau in North Wales. This was the farm of Rowland Ellis, a Quaker who emigrated to Pennsylvania from Dolgellau in 1686 to escape religious persecution.[2][3]

Until 1869 and the coming of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the town was known as Humphreysville. The town was renamed by railroad agent William H. Wilson after he acquired on behalf of the railroad the 283 acres (1.15 km2) that now comprise Bryn Mawr.

In 1893, the first hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, was built on the Main Line by Dr. George Gerhard.

Glenays was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[4]

Geography[edit]

Bryn Mawr is located at 40°1′16″N 75°19′01″W / 40.02111°N 75.31694°W / 40.02111; -75.31694 (40.021022, -75.316901).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), some of which is in Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County.[6]

Part of Bryn Mawr is located in Delaware County, located at the coordinates 40°1' 25.0212"N 75°19' 46.1676"W, its zip code is 19010 with a total population of 3,779.[7]

However, the "Bryn Mawr" zip code (19010) covers a larger area, and as a result, the geographic term "Bryn Mawr" is often used in a sense that includes not only the CDP, but also other areas that share the zip code. These other areas include the community of Rosemont within Lower Merion Township and Radnor Township, and various other areas within Lower Merion Township, Radnor Township, and Haverford Township. Bryn Mawr is a part of the Philadelphia Main Line, a string of towns located along a rail road that leads to downtown Philadelphia. Other towns include, Lower Merion, Radnor, Villanova. As of the 2000 Census, the Bryn Mawr ZIP code was home to 21,485 people with a median family income of $110,956.[8][9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 3,271
2000 4,382 34.0%
2010 3,779 −13.8%

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 3,779 people, 1,262 households, and 497 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 7,033.7 people per square mile (2,728.9/km²). There were 1,481 housing units at an average density of 2,377.2/sq mi (922.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 74.0% White, 10.5% Black or African American, 0.0% Native American, 10.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. 4.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.1% were of Irish, 10.8% Italian, 6.8% German and 6.4% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 1,404 households out of which 13.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.8% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 62.6% were non-families. 41.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 8.4% under the age of 18, 48.1% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 12.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 46.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 42.4 males.

Notable people[edit]

School system[edit]

Bryn Mawr residents of Lower Merion Township attend schools in the Lower Merion School District; all residents of the Bryn Mawr CDP are in Lower Merion Township and therefore attend LMSD schools.

Bryn Mawr address residents of Radnor Township attend schools in the Radnor Township School District; Radnor High School is the district's sole high school.

Bryn Mawr address residents of Haverford Township attend schools in the School District of Haverford Township; Haverford High School is the district's sole high school.

The Shipley School and the Baldwin School are both in Bryn Mawr. The French International School of Philadelphia, which opened in 1991, previously held its classes at Baldwin and then at Shipley.[12]

Points of interest[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackey & Mackey (1922) The Pronunciation of 10,000 Proper Names
  2. ^ [1] BBC: "The Quakers of Dolgellau"
  3. ^ "Snowdonia National Park Authority". Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Bryn Mawr CDP, Pennsylvania (map)". Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  7. ^ "open-public-records.com". 
  8. ^ "Ithan Elementary School". Radnor Township School District. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  9. ^ "Coopertown Elementary". Haverford Township School District. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ Bragdon, Henry Wilkinson. Woodrow Wilson: The Academic Years. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1960.
  12. ^ Hellberg, Joyce Vottima. "French School Gets Larger Quarters The Philadelphia School Has Moved Into The Historic Beechwood House." Philadelphia Inquirer. August 3, 1993. Retrieved on May 14, 2014.