Radnor Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°2′11″N 75°22′21″W / 40.03639°N 75.37250°W / 40.03639; -75.37250
Radnor Township
Home Rule Municipality
Chanticleer Gardens Main House Springtime 2892px.jpg
The main house at Chanticleer Garden in Radnor Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Elevation 381 ft (116.1 m)
Coordinates 40°2′11″N 75°22′21″W / 40.03639°N 75.37250°W / 40.03639; -75.37250
Area 13.8 sq mi (35.7 km2)
 - land 13.8 sq mi (36 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 31,531 (2010)
Density 2,284.9 / sq mi (882.2 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Radnor Township in Delaware County
Location of Radnor Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.radnor.com

Radnor Township is a township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 31,531. Radnor Township lies along the Main Line, a collection of highly affluent Philadelphia suburbs.

Villanova University, Cabrini College, the Valley Forge Military Academy and College and Eastern University are all located within Radnor Township.

History[edit]

Radnor Township was founded 1682 as a land grant from William Penn. The township was part of the Welsh Tract and was named for Radnorshire in Wales. In 1717, the Welsh Friends erected a Quaker meetinghouse (Radnor Friends Meetinghouse) near what is now the intersection of Conestoga Road and Sproul Road at the geographic center of the township. The new town, "Radnorville", later known as the community of "Ithan" after nearby Ithan Creek, grew around the meetinghouse. The Welsh influence waned in the late 18th century as many left the area due to high taxation. Stone monuments were erected in various locations throughout the township in the late 20th century to commemorate the township's Welsh heritage.

Memorial mile post on U.S. 30 in front of the Anthony Wayne Theater and the AT&T tower in the background.

Other historic structures in Radnor Township include the Sorrel Horse, a former tavern located on Conestoga Road that sheltered George Washington and Lafayette during the Continental Army's retreat back to Philadelphia from the Battle of Brandywine.[1]

Lancaster Pike, the first toll road in the United States, connected the cities of Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, passing through Radnor Township, opened in 1794. That road is now part of the Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30 in Pennsylvania). The Columbia Railroad, later part of the Pennsylvania Railroad also passed through in 1832. Thus, Radnor is one of the towns associated with the local moniker "Main Line." A separate railroad passing through Radnor Township, the Philadelphia and Western Railroad, was opened in the early 20th century. The "Main Line" railroad facilities and a portion of the P&W facilities are still used by SEPTA (the Philadelphia area's transit authority), and the "Main Line" railroad tracks are also used by AMTRAK.

In the 1880s, George W. Childs bought property in the community of Louella in the western part of Radnor Township, renamed the area Wayne, Pennsylvania (after American Revolutionary War hero Anthony Wayne) and organized one of the United States's first suburban developments.

The Radnor Friends Meetinghouse and Woodcrest are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Geography[edit]

Radnor Township is located at 40°2′0″N 75°22′18″W / 40.03333°N 75.37167°W / 40.03333; -75.37167 (40.033433, -75.371843).[3][4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 13.8 square miles (35.7 km²), of which 13.8 square miles (35.6 km²) of it is land and 0.07% is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 12,263
1940 12,012 −2.0%
1950 14,709 22.5%
1960 21,697 47.5%
1970 28,782 32.7%
1980 27,676 −3.8%
1990 28,703 3.7%
2000 30,878 7.6%
2010 31,531 2.1%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 30,878 people, 10,347 households, and 6,373 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,244.3 inhabitants per square mile (866.4/km²). There were 10,731 housing units at an average density of 779.9 per square mile (301.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 89.55% White, 5.67% Asian, 3.09% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 2.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,347 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the township the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 24.0% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

A map, c. 1895, showing most of Radnor Township together with other communities on the Pennsylvania Main Line.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the township was $86,812, and the median income for a family was $113,601. Males had a median income of $71,308 versus $42,652 for females. The per capita income for the township was $39,813. About 2.4% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Places of worship include St. David's Episcopal Church, whose graveyard, and buildings begun in 1715, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6][7]

Economy[edit]

Lincoln Financial Group is headquartered in Radnor Township.[8] In 2007 the company moved 400 employees, including its top executives, to Radnor from Philadelphia.[9]

The headquarters of TV Guide magazine and Airgas are located here.

Top employers[edit]

According to Radnor Township's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[10] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees Community
1 Villanova University 4,480 Villanova
2 Eastern University 770 St. Davids
3 Radnor Township School District 641 Wayne
4 Janssen Biotech 591
5 Lincoln National 588 Radnor
6 VWR 446 Radnor
7 Penn Medicine Radnor 308 Radnor
8 Jefferson Health System 290 Radnor
9 Cabrini College 289 Radnor
10 Agnes Irwin School 233 Villanova

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Pupils in Radnor Township attend Radnor Township School District. Radnor High School and Radnor Middle School are the sole public high and middle schools of the district. There are three elementary schools in the RTSD: Radnor Elementary School, Ithan Elementary School, and Wayne Elementary School.

Private schools[edit]

Archbishop John Carroll High School, a Roman Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.Valley Forge Military Academy and College contains a boarding school program for seventh through twelfth grades. The Agnes Irwin School is an all-girls school for prekindergarten through twelfth grade. St. Katharine of Siena is a Catholic school in Wayne for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Hill Top Preparatory School is a school located in Ithan for students with learning disabilities in sixth through twelfth grade, and is now accommodating fifth graders, as of September 2011.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Villanova University, Eastern University, and Cabrini College are located within Radnor Township. Valley Forge Military Academy and College operates a two-year junior college.


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