Rutledge, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 39°54′03″N 75°19′39″W / 39.90083°N 75.32750°W / 39.90083; -75.32750
Borough of Rutledge
Borough
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Elevation 128 ft (39 m)
Coordinates 39°54′03″N 75°19′39″W / 39.90083°N 75.32750°W / 39.90083; -75.32750
Area 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
 - land 0.1 sq mi (0 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 860 (2000)
Density 6,410.8 / sq mi (2,475.2 / km2)
Mayor Gregory Smith
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19070
Area code 610
Location of Rutledge in Delaware County
Location of Rutledge in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.rutledgepa.org

Rutledge is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 860 at the 2000 census. In the borough is a children's park named Triangle Park along with a Fire Department.

Students living in Rutledge attend school in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District.

History[edit]

The sign perpetuating the myth that has the borough being named after Ann Rutledge.

Rutledge was founded in 1885 by a group of Philadelphia businessmen, and incorporated as a Borough in 1887. Here is how the community was described in an 1897 promotional brochure:

“Located ten miles from Philadelphia, on the line of the Central Division of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, three minutes walk from Morton Station – it is reached in from 20 to 30 minutes by 21 trains daily… To the west lies the magnificent Swarthmore College, and to the southeast, three miles away, lies the Delaware River… its school is one of the finest in the county; its houses are neat and attractive, and their owners take great pride in their homes and the adornment of their grounds.”

Since then, there have been a few name changes. The train line is SEPTA’s Media/Elwyn Line, which provides 26 trains on weekdays from Philadelphia to what is now called the Morton-Rutledge Station. But in many ways, this description still holds true today. The schools in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District are still among the finest in the county, and the homes, many of them dating back to the late 19th century, are still kept with pride by their owners.

There is a long-standing legend that the Borough was named after Ann Rutledge, a sweetheart of Abraham Lincoln. This erroneous story is perpetuated in the sign that greets you as you approach Rutledge from the south on Morton Avenue. The actual story, according to the founders’ brochure, is that the town was named after a then-popular romantic novel written in the 1860s. However, the site of what is now Rutledge Borough was once a section of land on the estate of Edward Rutledge, who served as Representative from South Carolina at the Constitutional Convention of July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia and was the youngest signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. The person who first suggested the name may also have known of this connection.

Geography[edit]

Rutledge is located at 39°54′3″N 75°19′39″W / 39.90083°N 75.32750°W / 39.90083; -75.32750 (39.900812, -75.327404).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), all of it land.

Education System[edit]

Rutledge lies within the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District (W-SSD). School-age children within the public education system attend the Kids' Place for kindergarten, Swarthmore Rutlege School (SRS) for grades 1-5, Strath Haven Middle School (SHMS) for grades 6-8, and Strath Haven High School (SHHS) for grades 9-12.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 269
1900 369 37.2%
1910 523 41.7%
1920 711 35.9%
1930 789 11.0%
1940 796 0.9%
1950 919 15.5%
1960 947 3.0%
1970 1,167 23.2%
1980 934 −20.0%
1990 843 −9.7%
2000 860 2.0%
2010 784 −8.8%
Est. 2012 797 1.7%
Sources:[2][3][4]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 860 people, 297 households, and 217 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,410.8 people per square mile (2,554.2/km²). There were 305 housing units at an average density of 2,273.6 per square mile (905.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.51% White, 1.63% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.93% Asian, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population.

There were 297 households out of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.44.

In the borough the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $80,972, and the median income for a family was $90,333. Males had a median income of $46,500 versus $33,281 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $51,800. About 4.1% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 

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