West Kensington, Philadelphia

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West Kensington
Kensington Branch of the Philadelphia YWCA
West Kensington is located in Philadelphia
West Kensington
West Kensington
Coordinates: Coordinates: 39°59′10″N 75°08′20″W / 39.986°N 75.139°W / 39.986; -75.139
Country United States
CountyPhiladelphia County
Area code(s)215, 267 and 445

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 Kensington. Its bordering neighborhoods are Kensington to the east, Harrowgate to the northeast, and Fairhill to the west. It is bounded by Kensington Avenue to the east, American Street to the west, York Street to the South and Allegheny Avenue to the north.


As of the 2010 Census, West Kensington was 71.7% Hispanic, 17.2% African American, 5% 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 neighborhood was the fictional setting of the movie Rocky, by Sylvester Stallone. It is alternatively known as "K&A" (for the intersection of Kensington and Allegheny Avenues.)

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


School District of Philadelphia operates public schools.

The Free Library of Philadelphia Lillian Marrero Branch serves West Kensington.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Lillian Marrero Branch." Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved on October 19, 2012.

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