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The History of Upper Darby, PA

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Upper Darby is a township in Deleware County, Pennsylvania. The township spans a total area of 7.83 square miles and hosts an approximate population of 82,629 with a population density of 10,559.62 per square mile. Upper Darby belongs to zip code 19082 and area codes 610, and 484.


The land of Upper Darby was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians. The tribe utilized the land's deep woodlands and created their own community based on agriculture composed of longhouses and homes.

The Lenape Indians occupied the land for thousands of years until 1653 when the first Swedish settlers arrived.

The Swedish settlers occupied the land for a brief period of time until Dutch settlers dominated the area in 1655. The Dutch were later outnumbered by English settlers in 1664.

English rule possessed the land for several years until 1681 when William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, was offered a land grant. Penn founded the colony of Pennsylvania around that time and designated a large portion of the land to become Upper Darby Township.

In the following years, the area continued to remain largely agricultural home to many descendants of the original settlers.

The town was greatly involved in the antislavery movement known to host several members of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. Additionally, many homes in Upper Darby were stops along the Underground Railroad.

Throughout the late 1800s, the population of Upper Darby grew immensely after the town became the site of the first mills in Deleware County.

The community continued to develop beginning with the introduction to elevated train lines in 1907. By the 1920s, Upper Darby became the second busiest shopping district in the region and became the most populous municipality in Pennsylvania during the 1960s.

In recent years, Upper Darby residents continued the fight for social justice through several protests and uprisings in response to the murder of George Floyd in 2020.


Today, Upper Darby is home to a slightly higher population of female residents (53%) with a minority of male residents (47%).

The racial demographic of Upper Darby is as follows:

  • 44% White
  • 34% African American
  • 13% Asian
  • 6% Hispanic
  • 3% Two or More Races

Residents of Upper Darby live a moderately financially comfortable lifestyle with a median household income of $55,908 and a median individual income of $30,874.

The majority of Upper Darby residents own their homes (55%) at a median home value of $148,100. A minority of Upper Darby residents rent their homes at a median rent of $1,030.

In Upper Darby, the unemployment rate is 3.4%, and the poverty rate is 14%.


The township is considered a desirable area to live in Pennsylvania, offering residents fantastic access to local restaurants, parks, and bars.

Some of the most notable Upper Darby local attractions include,

  • Lower Swedish Cabin
  • Naylors Run Park
  • Kent Dog Park
  • 2312 Garrett Bar

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

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David Petrone
Date Published: July 2, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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