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The History of Andorra, PA

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Andorra is a neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood is within the boundary lines of the originally Roxborough township and shares its zip code, 19128. Andorra also belongs to area codes 215, 267, and 445.


Andorra is a unique neighborhood in Philadelphia. Originally, the neighborhood consisted of two estates belonging to Henry H. Houston during the 1880s. During the early 20th century, Sam Houston, Henry Houston's son, attempted to sell the estates.

After several attempts, in 1922, the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania bought 100 acres from the estate to build the world's largest Episcopal Cathedral. They began construction in 1932, but construction was delayed when the Great Depression struck the area, and only the side section of the chapel and apse were built. St. Mary's Church eventually occupied the building.

Houston decided to hire architect Eero Saarinen to plan a suburban community with additional acres of land at his disposal. With the assistance of designer and architect Robert Rodes McGoodwin, the Houston estate constructed 400 homes that eventually led to the modern-day Andorra neighborhood.

The suburban development was named Cathedral Hills but later renamed Andorra. During the 1950s, the development's ownership was transferred to the Andorra Homes Civic Association.


Andorra is home to approximately 4,289 residents, with a nearly equal population of male residents (52%) and female residents (48%).

The racial demographic of Andorra is as follows:

  • 82% White
  • 11% African American
  • 2% Asian
  • 2% Hispanic
  • 2% Two or More Races
  • 1% Other race

Residents of Andorra live a comfortable lifestyle with a median household income above the national average ($62,843) at $81,199.

The majority of Andorra residents own their homes (57%) at a median home value above the national average ($217,500) at $284,870. A minority of Andorra residents rent their homes at a median rent above the national average ($1,062) at $1,360.

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

  • 14% Master's Degree or Higher
  • 37% Bachelor's Degree
  • 22% Some College or Associate's Degree
  • 23% High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • 4% Less than a High School Diploma

Andorra is considered a family-oriented area with 19% of households consisting of families with children.


Being home to many families, Andorra subsequently is nearby by several top-rated schools. Some of the most notable schools serving residents of Andorra include,

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

  • The private school hosts a student population of 1,060 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1. The school is considered top-rated and has a graduation rate of 100%, and an average SAT score of 1250. The school has ranked #20 (of 99) in Best Private K-12 Schools in Pennsylvania, #27 (of 196) in Best Private High Schools in Pennsylvania, and #27 (of 189) in Best College Prep High Schools in Pennsylvania.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School

  • The private Catholic school hosts a student population of 515 in grades PK, K-8 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 12:1. The school is known for its dedicated teachers and administration. The school is also notable for its several programs, including the School Band and Instrument Program, choir, student council, musical productions, altar servers, and many more.

If you're looking to visit or reside in a neighborhood with rich history, diverse demographics, and access to highly recommended schools, then look no further than Andorra, PA.

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David Petrone
Date Published: July 21, 2021
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