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A Closer Look at Clifton Heights, PA

The car accident lawyers in Clifton Heights, PA, at Justice Guardians present this article to showcase the history of the neighborhood.

Clifton Heights

The borough is situated in the eastern region of Delaware County in the state of Pennsylvania. Some of the main roadways include Baltimore Pike and West Springfield Road, which meet at the center. The community spans 403.2 acres and has an elevation of 157 ft. Nearby neighborhoods include Westbrook Park, Drexel Hill, Briarcliffe, and Aldan.


The Lenni-Lenape Indians, also known as the Delaware Indians, were the first to live in the greater area. The Quakers were the next to settle in the area, and they were peaceful with the natives for a while. William Penn once described the natives as "tread[ing] softly and mostly walk[ing] with a lofty chin." Unfortunately, their peace ended in 1755, when the natives retaliated against the Europeans to take back their land.
The area was often called Tin Kettle Hill due to the elevation in some areas. If the watch-out crew saw natives approaching, they alerted the townspeople by drumming on a large kettle. This is thought to have been a tactic used during the Revolutionary War, too.


Rosati Ice, located on East Madison Avenue, was the first Italian Ice company in the country. It opened in 1912 and was founded by Sam Rosati. In addition to working with the local schools, they even offer a portion of their sales to support Soldier Strong. Some of their flavors include:

  • Blue Raspberry
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate
  • Cry Baby Sour Apple
  • Lemon

Another gem located in town is Gaetoano's Pizzeria. Established in 1988, Joseph Gubitosi has established a small pizza restaurant offering guests and visitors Delco pizza flavors.

Notable Residents

The glam rock band Cinderella was established in the town. Town residents Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham formed the rock band in 1982. A few of their hits from the 80s include:

  • "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)"
  • "Nobody's Fool"
  • "Gypsy Road"
  • "Coming Home"


The Upper Darby School District offers public education within the borough. Some of these schools include:

  • Westbrook Park Elementary School - 507 students - located on Westbrook Drive
  • Primos Elementary School - 469 students - located on Bunting Lane
  • Drexel Hill Middle School - 1,365 students - located on State Road
  • Upper Darby Senior High School - 3,717 students - located on North Lansdowne Avenue


In 2010 the town was home to 6,652 residents that made up 2,714 households and 1,696 families. This count was a 1.9% decrease from 6,779 residents in 2000. The racial composition of the community was the following:

  • 67.6% white
  • 21.4% African American
  • 6.9% Asian
  • 2.1% other races
  • 2.5% two or more races
  • 14.5% Hispanic or Latino

The median income per household was $39,291 in 2000. For a family household, it was $48,919. Men had a median annual income of $36,534 versus $32,210 for women. Some of the occupations represented by the working residents included:

  • 12.36% office and administrative support roles
  • 11.26% maintenance jobs
  • 10.44% healthcare professions

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David Petrone
Date Published: December 9, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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