Trainer, Pennsylvania

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Trainer, Pennsylvania
Trainer United Methodist Church
Trainer United Methodist Church
Location in Delaware County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Delaware County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Trainer is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Trainer in Pennsylvania
Trainer is located in the United States
Trainer (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°49′43″N 75°24′13″W / 39.82861°N 75.40361°W / 39.82861; -75.40361Coordinates: 39°49′43″N 75°24′13″W / 39.82861°N 75.40361°W / 39.82861; -75.40361
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.38 sq mi (3.56 km2)
 • Land1.06 sq mi (2.74 km2)
 • Water0.32 sq mi (0.82 km2)
72 ft (22 m)
 • Total1,828
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,736.99/sq mi (670.94/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)610 and 484
FIPS code42-045-77288
FIPS code42-77288
GNIS feature ID1189711

Trainer is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,828 at the 2010 census,[3] down from 1,901 at the 2000 census. The borough was named after David Trainer, a wealthy textile manufacturer.


Trainer is named after the Linwood Mills owner David Trainer Sr. The borough of Trainer was originally part of Lower Chichester Township and was incorporated as a borough in 1919.[4]


Trainer is located in southern Delaware County at 39°49′43″N 75°24′13″W / 39.82861°N 75.40361°W / 39.82861; -75.40361 (39.828612, -75.403599),[5] on the northwest bank of the Delaware River. It is bordered to the southwest by the borough of Marcus Hook, to the west by the community of Linwood in Lower Chichester Township, to the north by Upper Chichester Township, to the east by the city of Chester, and to the south across the Delaware River by Gloucester County, New Jersey.

Stoney Creek passes through and mouths in the town.

U.S. Route 13 (Post Road) crosses the borough, leading northeast through Chester 18 miles (29 km) to Philadelphia and southwest 10 miles (16 km) to Wilmington, Delaware.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), of which 1.0 square mile (2.7 km2) is land and 0.31 square miles (0.8 km2), or 22.94%, is water.[3]

Petroleum and port[edit]

The shore of the Delaware River is heavily industrialized and is an extension of the Port of Chester. The Stoney Creek Secondary has a rail yard north of its namesake. Delta Air Lines owns an oil refinery in Trainer called the Trainer Refinery. It purchased the refinery for $180 million from Phillips 66.[6]

Educational system[edit]

Trainer is a part of Chichester School District. Children within the borough usually attend Marcus Hook Elementary School (Grades K-4), Chichester Middle School (Grades 5-8), or Chichester High School (Grades 9-12).

The area Catholic K-8 school is Holy Family Regional Catholic School in Aston. Trainer previously was served by Resurrection of Our Lord School in Chester.[7] It closed in 1993, with Trainer students moved to what became Holy Savior-St. John Fisher School in Linwood, which in turn merged into Holy Family in 2012.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.

As of Census 2010, the racial makeup of the borough was 76.4% White, 18.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 1.7% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.5% of the population [1][dead link].

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 1,901 people, 712 households, and 489 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,801.3 people per square mile (692.4/km²). There were 797 housing units at an average density of 755.2 per square mile (290.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 88.58% White, 9.21% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 1.00% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.52% of the population.

There were 712 households, out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 27.7% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,250, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $39,293 versus $26,719 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,753. About 14.9% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Trainer borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "Report and Findings for Trainer Borough" (PDF). Delaware County Planning Department. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ Helman, Christopher. "How Cheap Oil Has Delta Air Lines Jet Fooled." Forbes. January 21, 2015. Retrieved on August 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Our Parish School". Holy Saviour Parish. 2011-07-26. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  8. ^ Rodgers, Loretta (2012-06-04). "Alumni offer final farewells to Holy Saviour-St. John Fisher School". Delco Times. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  9. ^ "Census 2020".
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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