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A Brief History of West Oak Lane, PA

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The personal injury attorneys in West Oak Lane, PA, sponsor this article to share a detailed excerpt about the neighborhood.

The West Oak Lane community is in Northwestern Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The community is neighbored by Ogontz, Stenton, La Mott, and East Oak Lane. West Oak Lane has lots to offer and belongs to zip codes 19138, 19141, and 19126.


West Oak Lane has been a neighborhood in Philadelphia for over two centuries but mainly developed throughout the 1920 and 1930s.

Throughout the 19th century, West Oak Lane was known for its popular Cedar Park Inn. The inn was a prominent feature for the town before it was torn down in 1931.

In the following years, West Oak Lane developed rapidly into a thriving residential community. The population vastly increased throughout the 1900s and changed demographically around the 1960s when more African Americans moved to the town.

Today, the town is known for its annual jazz festival. The festival became an annual tradition in 2003 and is a long-awaited event featuring popular artists such as Jeffrey Osbourne and Teena Marie.


West Oak Lane has evolved into a family-oriented community hosting a majority of female residents (54%) and a minority of male residents (46%) with a median age of 41.5.

Prior to 1960, West Oak Lane was composed of mostly white residents. However, the neighborhood has changed over the years and currently hosts a racial demographic as follows:

  • 94% African American
  • 2% Two or More Races
  • 2% Hispanic
  • 2% White
  • 1% Asian

The education levels of West Oak Lane residents are relatively diverse and are as follows:

  • 7% Master's Degree or Higher
  • 13% Bachelor's Degree
  • 33% Some College or Associate's Degree
  • 35% High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • 12% Less Than a High School Diploma

The residents of West Oak Lane are a hardworking population with 81.25% working in white-collar jobs and 18.75% working in blue-collar jobs. The majority of residents work for private companies (68.18%) followed by a substantial amount of government workers (14.5%). Additionally, 13.55% of residents work for nonprofit companies and 3.77% are self-employed.

The median household income in West Oak Lane is $32,494 and a majority of the population own their homes (72%) at a median home value of $139,313. A minority of residents rent their homes (28%) at a median rent of $1,007.

Burial Grounds

West Oak Lane is a large residential community but is also the site of two large cemeteries.

The Northwood Cemetery is the largest in the area and was built in 1878. The grounds are known to be spacious and well kept by the on-site staff. The cemetery also hosts several notable interments including George Bradley- Major League Baseball Player, Duke Esper- Major League Baseball Player, and John Miller- Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.

Nearby stands the Philadelphia National Cemetery. The cemetery spans 13.3 acres and is notable for its Mexican- American War monument and Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument. The Mexican- American monument is a memorial for thirty-eight veterans and the Confederate monument is in remembrance of 184 prisoners who died during the American Civil War.

The grounds are unique locations and hold a special place in the hearts of West Oak Lane residents.

West Oak Lane is a unique town with a rich history offering residents a comfortable lifestyle. If you're looking to visit or reside in a neighborhood with tons to offer, consider West Oak Lane, 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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