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A Brief History of Roxborough, PA

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The dog bite attorneys in Roxborough, PA, sponsor this article to share a detailed excerpt about the community.

Roxborough is a neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood is located along Schuylkill River and northeast of Wissahickon Creek. Roxborough belongs to zip code 19128 and area code 267.


Roxborough originally belonged to the Roxborough Township until the Act of Consolidation in 1854, when it was incorporated into the city of Philadelphia.

During the late 1800s, Roxborough was known as a wealthy area notable for its Mananyunk mills and business owners. The Manayunk mills' revenue contributed to constructing the town's schools, parks, and notable Victorian manor.

Due to the neighborhood's high elevation, the area became the site of several radio stations in the 1950s.

Today, the neighborhood is home to several historic locations, including the Upper Roxborough Historic District and the Academy for the Middle Years Northwest School.

The Upper Roxborough Historic District consists of 108 contributing buildings, 18 contributing structures, and 23 contributing sites. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

The Academy for the Middle Years Northwest School, formerly referred to as the William Levering School,  was built from 1894-1896. The stunning building reflects the Art Deco and Colonial Revival architectural styles designed by Irwin T. Catharine. The school building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 18, 1988.


Today, Roxborough is home to approximately 31,063 residents, nearly equal amongst male residents (54%) and female residents (46%). The median age in Roxborough is 36.7.

The racial demographic of Roxborough is as follows:

  • 81% White
  • 9% African American
  • 4% Hispanic
  • 3% Two or More Races
  • 2% Asian

Residents of Roxborough live a comfortable lifestyle with a median household income above the national average ($62,843) at $75,225.

The majority of Roxborough residents own their homes (56%) at a median home value above the national average ($217,500) at $238,557. A minority of residents rent their homes (44%) at a median rent of $1,300.

The education levels of Roxborough residents are nearly distributed equally and are as follows:

  • 20% Master's Degree or Higher
  • 33% Bachelor's Degree
  • 18% Some College or Associate's Degree
  • 22% High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • 6% Less than a High School Diploma

Roxborough is considered a desirable place to live where 17% of household consists of families with children.

Furthermore, the town of Roxborough has ranked #28 (of 147) in Best Neighborhoods for Young Professionals in Pennysylvania, #28 (of 147) in Best Neighborhoods to Live in Pennsylvania, and #30 (of 147) in Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in Pennsylvania.

Local Attractions

Roxborough is a great area in Philadelphia, offering residents and visitors access to several local attractions. Not only does the neighborhood consist of several historic landmarks, but there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

If you find yourself in Roxborough, be sure to not miss out on the neighborhoods best local attractions including,

  • Wissahickon Valley Park
  • Houston Playground
  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
  • Hagys Field
  • Roxborough YMCA

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David Petrone
Date Published: July 29, 2021
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