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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Coordinates: 40°01′16″N 75°19′01″W / 40.02111°N 75.31694°W / 40.02111; -75.31694
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Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr post office
Bryn Mawr post office
Etymology: an estate near Dolgellau in Wales that belonged to Rowland Ellis
Bryn Mawr is located in Pennsylvania
Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr is located in the United States
Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr
Coordinates: 40°01′16″N 75°19′01″W / 40.02111°N 75.31694°W / 40.02111; -75.31694
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
CountyDelaware, Montgomery
TownshipRadnor, Haverford, Lower Merion
 • Total0.96 sq mi (2.48 km2)
 • Land0.96 sq mi (2.48 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
420 ft (130 m)
 • Total5,879
 • Density6,143.16/sq mi (2,371.54/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes610 and 484
FIPS code42-09728

Bryn Mawr (/ˌbrɪnˈmɑːr/, from Welsh for 'big hill'), is a census-designated place (CDP)[3] located across three townships: Radnor Township and Haverford Township in Delaware County and Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States.[4] It is located just west of Philadelphia along Lancaster Avenue, also known as U.S. Route 30.

Bryn Mawr is located toward the center of what is known as the Main Line, a group of affluent Philadelphia suburban villages stretching from the city limits to Malvern. They became home to sprawling country estates belonging to Philadelphia's wealthiest families during the Gilded Age, and over the decades became a bastion of old money. As of the 2020 census, it had a population of 5,879. Bryn Mawr is home to Bryn Mawr College, and contains a sizable amount of student rentals, with roughly half of the community’s population aged 18-24.


Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr is named after an estate near Dolgellau in Wales that belonged to Rowland Ellis, a Welsh Quaker who emigrated in 1686 to Pennsylvania to escape religious persecution.[5][6]

Until the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Main Line in 1869, the town, located in the old Welsh Tract, was known as Humphreysville, named for early settlers of the Humphreys family.[7] 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 compose Bryn Mawr.[8]

To encourage visitors the railroad constructed the Bryn Mawr Hotel adjacent to the new station, which opened in 1872. After a fire destroyed the original building, a distinctive new hotel designed by architect Frank Furness was built in 1889.[9] The second hotel building is currently occupied by The Baldwin School and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[10]

Bryn Mawr College was founded in 1885 originally as a Quaker institution but by 1893, it had become non-denominational.[11]

In 1893, the first hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, was built on the Main Line by Dr. George Gerhard.[12] Glenays, a historic home dating to 1859, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[10]


Ludington Library, part of the Lower Merion Library System.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bryn Mawr has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all land, some of which is in Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County.[13]

However, the Bryn Mawr ZIP Code of 19010 covers a larger area. 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 picturesque towns located along a railroad that connects Philadelphia with points west. Some other Main Line communities include Ardmore, Wynnewood, Narberth, Bala Cynwyd and Villanova.


Historical population
SEPTA Regional Rail train station

As of the 2010 census,[citation needed], 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 (2,715.7 people/km2). There were 1,481 housing units at an average density of 2,377.2 per square mile (917.8/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,[when?] 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.

As of the U.S. census, the median income for a household in the CDP was $47,721, and the median income for a family was $66,369. Males had a median income of $40,625 versus $31,618 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,442. About 5.3% of families and 21.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.[15]

As of the 2000 census, the Bryn Mawr ZIP code was home to 21,485 people with a median family income of $110,956.[16][17]

School system[edit]

The Baldwin School

Points of interest[edit]

Notable people[edit]


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