Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania

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Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania
The Clifton-Aldan SEPTA station
Location in Delaware County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Delaware County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Clifton Heights is located in Pennsylvania
Clifton Heights
Clifton Heights
Location of Clifton Heights in Pennsylvania
Clifton Heights is located in the United States
Clifton Heights
Clifton Heights
Clifton Heights (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°55′45″N 75°17′45″W / 39.92917°N 75.29583°W / 39.92917; -75.29583Coordinates: 39°55′45″N 75°17′45″W / 39.92917°N 75.29583°W / 39.92917; -75.29583
CountryUnited States
 • MayorJoseph F Lombardo Jr
 • Total0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
 • Land0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
157 ft (48 m)
 • Total6,652
 • Estimate 
 • Density10,638.10/sq mi (4,105.23/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)610 and 484
FIPS code42-14264

Clifton Heights is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, located on Darby Creek 5 miles (8 km) west of downtown Philadelphia. As of the 2010 census the population was 6,652.[3]


The Lower Swedish Cabin was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[4]

The population of the borough was 1,820 in 1890, 3,155 in 1910, and reached a maximum of 10,268 in 1960.[5]

Clifton Heights is the birthplace of the glam rock band Cinderella.[6]


Clifton Heights is located in eastern Delaware County at 39°55′45″N 75°17′45″W / 39.92917°N 75.29583°W / 39.92917; -75.29583 (39.929062, -75.295760).[7] It is bordered to the northeast by the borough of Lansdowne, to the southeast by the borough of Aldan, and to the west and north by Upper Darby Township. The community of Drexel Hill in Upper Darby Township is to the north of Clifton Heights, across Darby Creek.

The intersection of Baltimore Pike and Ashland Avenue is purported to be the highest elevation in Delaware County, the third highest elevation in Pennsylvania and the 18th highest elevation in the United States. With a clear view of the Philadelphia skyline, the intersection used to be host to The Bungalow Inn (now Illusions) and rumor had it when drinking on the top floor of The Bungalow, you got drunker faster because the air was so thin at nearly a mile above sea level.

The main road through the borough is Baltimore Avenue, which leads northeast into Philadelphia and southwest 5 miles (8 km) to Media.

Clifton Heights is bordered by Darby Creek to the west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.62 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20176,702[2]0.8%

As of a Census 2015 estimate, the racial makeup of the borough was 67.6% non-Hispanic White, 21.4% African American, 6.9% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population. 14.5% of the borough's population was foreign-born [1].

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 6,779 people, 2,714 households, and 1,696 families residing in the borough. The population density was 10,882.5 people per square mile (4,221.6/km²). There were 2,883 housing units at an average density of 4,628.2 per square mile (1,795.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.22% White, 2.92% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.50% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

There were 2,714 households, out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $39,291, and the median income for a family was $48,919. Males had a median income of $36,534 versus $32,210 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,534. About 11.2% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.


Clifton Heights borough is served by the Upper Darby School District.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Clifton Heights borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  5. ^ a b "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 26 April 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  6. ^ Johnson, Laura. "Cinderella back from the ashes of the 80's". Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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