West Kensington, Philadelphia

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West Kensington
Neighborhood of Philadelphia
The Lillian Marrero Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia serves West Kensington.
The Lillian Marrero Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia serves West Kensington.
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Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215

West Kensington is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia. It is north of Olde Kensington. The Market Frankford El above Front Street forms the line between West Kensington and its bordering neighborhoods are Kensington to the east and Fairhill to the north. It is bounded by W Lehigh Ave to the north, N 5th St to the west, W Dauphin St to the south, and Kensington Ave to the east.


As of the 2010 Census[citation needed], West Kensington was 68% Hispanic, 18.1% African American, 7.8% white, 2.9% Asian, 3.1% all other. Historically it had been a heavily Irish-American neighborhood. Today the community is largely populated by Latinos (mostly Puerto Ricans), but also has significant populations of Irish Americans, Italian Americans, and African Americans.


The William Adamson School and David Farragut School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


The School District of Philadelphia operates public schools, including Hunter Elementary School.

The Free Library of Philadelphia Lillian Marrero Branch, located just outside of the neighborhood's boundaries, serves West Kensington.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Lillian Marrero Branch." Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved on October 19, 2012.

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Coordinates: 39°59′11″N 75°08′21″W / 39.98650°N 75.13906°W / 39.98650; -75.13906