Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 39°59′02″N 75°16′28″W / 39.98389°N 75.27444°W / 39.98389; -75.27444
Penn Wynne
Census-designated place
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Township Lower Merion
Elevation 217 ft (66.1 m)
Coordinates 39°59′02″N 75°16′28″W / 39.98389°N 75.27444°W / 39.98389; -75.27444
Area 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 - land 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 5,697 (2010)
Density 5,697 / sq mi (2,199.6 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Penn Wynne in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Penn Wynne is a census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of Lower Merion Township, and the mailing address is Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. The population was 5,697 at the 2010 census. It is mainly a residential area. The main arteries are Haverford Road and Manoa Road.

Geography[edit]

Penn Wynne is located at 39°59′2″N 75°16′28″W / 39.98389°N 75.27444°W / 39.98389; -75.27444 (39.984012, -75.274510).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 5,807
2000 5,382 −7.3%
2010 5,697 5.9%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,382 people, 2,072 households, and 1,504 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,158.1 people per square mile (1,998.1/km²). There were 2,113 housing units at an average density of 2,025.1/sq mi (784.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.43% White, 3.66% African American, 3.57% Asian, 0.45% from other races and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 2,072 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 3.0% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $78,398, and the median income for a family was $91,653. Males had a median income of $70,417 versus $42,228 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $41,199. About 1.2% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

The Penn Wynne area was first known as the Green Hill Zone plantation. It was established in the 17th century by Welsh Quaker Thomas Lloyd.

In the early 1900s, the land was subdivided and developed. There are two sections to Penn Wynne. The southern section primarily contains twin homes built from the early 1920s to the mid-1940s. The northern section of Penn Wynne contains larger, single family homes, generally built after the homes in the southern section.

Elected officials[edit]

The following is a list of elected officials representing Penn Wynne:

Federal Offices

Pennsylvania Offices

County Offices

Local Offices

Community services[edit]

Penn Wynne is served by the Penn Wynne Fire Company, a volunteer fire company that covers the Penn Wynne neighborhood.

Penn Wynne is also the home to the Penn Wynne Elementary School, an award-winning, Blue Ribbon school. Penn Wynne Elementary is part of the Lower Merion School District and is a feeder school to Lower Merion High School.

Community character[edit]

Jewish community[edit]

Penn Wynne has a large Jewish population consisting of many Orthodox Jews. It has been a popular destination of many Jews leaving the adjacent Philadelphia neighborhood of Overbrook Park. Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, an Orthodox synagogue that had been situated in Overbrook Park since 1958, bought a property in Penn Wynne in 2000. Following the process of getting zoning permits and fundraising, groundbreaking for the new synagogue building was started in May 2006. A ceremonial ground breaking was held on June 11, 2006. Rabbis spoke, as did former Lower Merion Township Commissioner Lance Rogers, US Representative Jim Gerlach, and Pennsylvania Assemblyman Daylin Leach. The synagogue moved from its temporary location in Overbrook Park into the new site at 200 Haverford Road upon the completion of the building on May 31, 2007. The first weekday services were held on the evening of May 31. The sanctuary of the new building, now attached to the house originally on the property, was used for the inaugural Shabbat services of June 1–2. A gala celebration event took place on Sunday, June 3, which featured the marching of Torah scrolls from the local Jewish Community Center along Haverford Road to the new site following speeches by rabbis, Commissioner Rogers, Assemblyman Leach, and the President of the synagogue, followed by food and dancing with live music in the sanctuary.

Chabad of Penn Wynne, originally located in Rabbi Zalman Gerber's house, moved to a store front on Manoa Road across the street from the new synagogue building of Congregation Beth Hamedrosh soon after the latter moved in, but Chabad moved out three years later following the termination of the storefront lease at the end of May 2010. As of June 5, 2010, Chabad of Penn Wynne holds Shabbat services at the Family Hall of the local Jewish Community Center. In the same Manoa Road storefront block, for a short time in 2007, there was also Just Chill, a kosher water ice and ice cream store.

The Jewish community on both sides of the City Line Avenue border between Philadelphia and Montgomery County are considered to be one unit and are connected by an eruv, a wire attached to the telephone and electric poles which allows religious Jews to carry things on Shabbat.

In addition to the Orthodox Jewish amenities, Penn Wynne is home to the Kaiserman branch of the Jewish Community Center.

Penn Wynne Civic Association[edit]

The Penn Wynne Civic Association ("PWCA") is dedicated to serving Penn Wynne residents. The organization defines the boundaries of Penn Wynne as the Delaware County line to the west, Remington Road to the north, Lancaster Avenue to the east and City Avenue to the south.[3]

The PWCA is a community organization, not a political organization. The PWCA's goal is to remain neutral on political matters. However, the PWCA has on occasion taken up community causes that have broad support. For example, in the past, the PWCA has opposed Lankenau Hospital's proposed access route through Manoa Road and has been active in promoting public safety in the Penn Wynne community.

The PWCA holds an annual Fourth of July parade in the neighborhood. The parade route goes through the Penn Wynne area before ending at the Penn Wynne Elementary School. When the parade ends, the PWCA hosts a Fourth of July celebration, where games are provided for children in the neighborhood, food is sold, and awards are given to community leaders.

In addition to the annual Fourth of July parade, the PWCA holds an annual meeting in October, where the PWCA usually provides a forum for officials running for elective office.

The PWCA holds its monthly board meetings every first Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Penn Wynne Library on Overbrook Parkway.

Penn Wynne Green[edit]

Penn Wynne Green was created by residents of the Penn Wynne neighborhood. It is an organization that promotes conservation and living a "green" lifestyle.

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