Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

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Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania
Sharon Hill DelCo PA Public Library.jpg
Sharon Hill Public Library
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Elevation 85 ft (25.9 m)
Coordinates 39°54′23″N 75°16′16″W / 39.90639°N 75.27111°W / 39.90639; -75.27111Coordinates: 39°54′23″N 75°16′16″W / 39.90639°N 75.27111°W / 39.90639; -75.27111
Area 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 - land 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 12.5%
Population 6,356 (2015)
Density 7,382.8/sq mi (2,850.5/km2)
Mayor Harry Dunfee
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19079
Area code 610 and 484
FIPS code 42-69752
GNIS feature ID 1187371
Delaware County Pennsylvania incorporated and unincorporated areas Sharon Hill highlighted.svg
Location in Delaware County and the state of Pennsylvania.
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Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Sharon Hill is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,697 at the 2010 census.[1] Currently the population stands at 6,356 residents.


The Government of Sharon Hill operates under the Pennsylvania State Borough Code. The day to day operations of the borough are exercised through the Borough Manager who is currently Steve Travers. The Mayor of the Borough is Harry Dunfee. The borough currently has a total of 8 Councilmembers.

President - Michael J. Finnegan

Vice President - Terrance Oliver (Finance)

Council(person) - Sharon Booker (SHAC/Library)

Council(person) - Tonniane Martinez (Police & Fire)

Council(person) - Hakeem Green (Recreation)

Council(person) - James Lafferty (Highway & Code)

Council(person) - Brandin Duckett (Youth Affairs)

Council(person) - Helen Brown (Shade Tree Commission)

Chief of Police - Richard Herron Jr.


Sharon Hill is located in eastern Delaware County at 39°54′23″N 75°16′16″W / 39.90639°N 75.27111°W / 39.90639; -75.27111 (39.906340, -75.271008).[2] It is bordered to the west by Folcroft, to the north by Collingdale and Darby, to the east by Colwyn, and to the south by Darby Township. U.S. Route 13 (Chester Pike) is the main road through the borough, leading northeast 8 miles (13 km) to Center City Philadelphia and southwest 6 miles (10 km) to Chester.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Sharon Hill has a total area of 0.77 square miles (2.0 km2), all of it land.[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,058
1910 1,401 32.4%
1920 1,780 27.1%
1930 3,825 114.9%
1940 4,467 16.8%
1950 5,464 22.3%
1960 7,123 30.4%
1970 7,464 4.8%
1980 6,221 −16.7%
1990 5,771 −7.2%
2000 5,468 −5.3%
2010 5,697 4.2%
Est. 2016 5,685 [3] −0.2%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 5,697 people, 2,186 households, and 1,390 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,379.5 people per square mile (2,777.9/km²). There were 2,265 housing units at an average density of 2,954.0 per square mile (1,141.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 32.6% White, 60.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.0% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 2,091 households, out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 27.9% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $42,436, and the median income for a family was $48,146. Males had a median income of $37,500 versus $29,049 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,503. About 10.6% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.8% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.


SEPTA route 102 streetcar at Sharon Hill station

Sharon Hill is connected to Upper Darby by the SEPTA 102 trolley at its Sharon Hill terminus. It also has a train station on the Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line.

Chester Pike (US-13) runs through the borough providing easy access into and through Sharon Hill.


Students are in the Southeast Delco School District.

Public school students attend the following: high school students attend Academy Park High School, and elementary and middle school students attend Sharon Hill School.

Until 2003, Catholic school students attended Holy Spirit School. This school has since closed due to lack of enrollment. Another Catholic school, Holy Child Academy, closed in 1973.

Delaware County Community College operates the Southeast Center in the Folcroft East Business Park.

Notable people[edit]

The old Holy Spirt Catholic Church, which was replaced in 1960
The new Holy Spirt Catholic Church, built in 1960, closed in 2015

Cardinal John Patrick Foley grew up in Holy Spirit Parish in Sharon Hill and was ordained a priest in 1962. In June 2007, he was named Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to that appointment, Foley was President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and Titular Archbishop of Neapolis in Proconsulari. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals on November 24, 2007, by Pope Benedict XVI.

Bert Cooper, professional boxer, is from Sharon Hill.

Blues singer Bessie Smith is buried at Mount Lawn Cemetery in Sharon Hill. Her grave remained unmarked until August 7, 1970, when a tombstone—paid for by singer Janis Joplin and Juanita Green, who as a child had done housework for Smith—was erected.


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Sharon Hill borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "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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