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A Brief History of Drexel Hill, PA

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Drexel Hill is a neighborhood in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood spans 3.2 square miles and hosts an approximate population of 28,043 with a population density of 8,800 per square mile. The charming area of Drexel Hill belongs to zip code 19026 and area codes 610 and 484.


The Lenni Lenape Indian tribe first inhabited the area of Drexel Hill until it was settled in 1688. The official Drexel Hill neighborhood dates back to the early 1700s and was officially formed on August 30, 1776.

In Drexel Hill, you will find several notable historic sites reflective of the town's longstanding history.

One of the oldest historical markers in Drexel Hill is the Lower Swedish Cabin. The cabin is believed to be built from 1640-1650 by Swedish immigrants who were one of the area's first settlers. The cabin reflects a Swedish plan architectural style and is possibly one of the oldest log cabins in the United States. The cabin cannot be officially declared because historians cannot determine the exact year the cabin was built.

However, despite its lack of official title, the cabin is a notable site in Drexel Hill and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The cabin was also designated as Pennsylvania State Historical Marker in 1989.

Drexel Hill is also the site of the Collen Brook Farm. The farm and home spans 4.9 acres designed and built by Mordecai Lawrence in the Colonial and Georgian architectural style. The farm consists of three contributing buildings, including the farmhouse, spring house, and carriage house. The oldest building on the property is the farmhouse, built around 1700. The spring was built in 1782, and the carriage house was built in 1870.

The farm has been a significant destination in Drexel Hill for several years and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.


Today, Drexel Hill is home to a slight majority of female residents (54%) and a minority of male residents (46%). According to U.S. Census Bureau, the median age in Drexel Hill is 38.2 years.

The racial demographics of Drexel Hill is as follows:

  • 72% White
  • 16% African American
  • 5% Asian
  • 4% Hispanic
  • 3% Two or More Races

Residents of Drexel Hill live a comfortable lifestyle with a median household income above the national average ($62,843) at $71,326. The median individual income is also above the national average ($31,133) at $39,825.

The education levels of Drexel Hill residents vary and are as follows:

  • 15% Master's Degree or Higher
  • 27% Bachelor's Degree
  • 26% Some College or Associate's Degree
  • 28% High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • 4% Less Than a High School Diploma

Most Drexel Hill residents own their homes (63%) at a median home value of $182,200. A minority of residents rent their homes (37%) at a median rent of $1,093.

In Drexel Hill, the unemployment rate is 2.9% and the poverty rate is 7.3%.

Neighborhood Favorites

If you ever find yourself in the charming town of Drexel Hill, you cannot miss out on all the fantastic local favorite destinations. Some of the most noteworthy neighborhood favorite attractions include,

  • Playhouse Lanes
  • El Buen Sazon Mexican and Guatemalan Grill
  • Clark Playground
  • Cocco's Pizza of Drexel Hill

If you're considering moving to a destination with a fascinating history offering residents a comfortable lifestyle with access to local attractions, then look no further than Drexel Hill, PA.

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David Petrone
Date Published: July 8, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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