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The History of Germantown, PA

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Germantown is a neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood spans a total area of 3.327 square miles hosting an approximate population of 75,935 with a population density of 23,000 per square mile. Germantown belongs to zip codes 19144, 19138, and area code 215.

History

Germantown was founded in 1683 as a borough by German Quaker and Mennotied families. Despite the area being known for its German founding, many Dutch immigrants actually occupied the area. Therefore, the town's population mainly spoke Dutch until 1709.

Germantown has been an important area in American history. In 1688, the town became the birthplace of the antislavery movement in America. During the time, Quaker pastors native to Germantown wrote a petition against slavery based upon the Bible's verse, "Do onto others what you would have them done onto you." Even though the petition led to no immediate action, it did begin the process of banning slavery in Pennsylvania.

Later on in American History, Germantown also became a battle site during the American Revolutionary War. The Battle of Germantown took place on October 4, 1777, and resulted in 673 lost American soldiers and 575 lost British soldiers. The battle was significant for the American Revolutionary War because the battle contributed to France officially recognizing the Americans leading to an alliance between France and America.

During the yellow fever epidemic in 1793, Germantown was the site of the Deshler-Morris House where George Washington stayed. During his stay, Washington also established the first American bank in United States history in Germantown.

Germantown has remained a significant place in American history and today is considered a desirable place to live in Pennsylvania.

Demographics

Germantown is home to a slight majority of female residents (58%) and a minority of male residents (42%). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age in Germantown is 44.8 years.

The demographics of Germantown have vastly shifted throughout the years from its German and Dutch originals. The modern racial demographic of Germantown, PA, is as follows:

  • 64% African American
  • 26% White
  • 4% Hispanic
  • 3% Two or More Races
  • 2% Asian
  • 1% Other Race

Residents of Germantown live a relatively comfortable lifestyle with a median household income of $44,942. Germantown is considered a family-oriented area where 24% of households consist of families with children.

The education levels of Germantown residents vary and are as follows:

  • 25% Master's Degree or Higher
  • 16% Bachelor's Degree
  • 21% Some College or Associate's Degree
  • 27% High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • 10% Less than a High School Diploma

The majority of the population in Germantown (66%) rent their homes at a median rent of $873. A minority of the population (34%) own their homes at a median home value of $175,854.

Modern-Day Germantown

Germantown has developed over the years and offers residents great access to local attractions. Some of the neighborhood's most notable attractions include,

  • Fernhill Park
  • Germantown Cricket Club
  • Attic Brewing Company
  • Thomas Mansion
  • Loudoun Mansion

If you're looking to visit or reside in a neighborhood with rich history, diverse demographics, and access to several local attractions, then look no further than Germantown, PA.

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