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Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr post office
Bryn Mawr post office
Etymology: an estate near Dolgellau in Wales that belonged to Rowland Ellis
Bryn Mawr is located in Philadelphia
Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr
Location in Philadelphia
Bryn Mawr is located in Pennsylvania
Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr
Location in Pennsylvania
Bryn Mawr is located in the United States
Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware, Montgomery
Township Radnor, Haverford, Lower Merion
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (2 km2)
 • Land 0.6 sq mi (2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
420 ft (130 m)
 • Total 3,779
 • Density 6,300/sq mi (2,430/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes 610 and 484
Bryn Mawr
Location 500 Harriton Rd.,
Bryn Mawr
NRHP reference No. 73001643
Designated NRHP 7/2/1963

Bryn Mawr (pronounced BRIN-mar; from Welsh for "big hill") is a census-designated place (CDP), located across three townships: Radnor Township and Haverford Township, Delaware County, and Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia along Lancaster Avenue (US-30).

Bryn Mawr Sunset
Sunset over Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College

There are also areas not in the census-designated place but which have "Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania" postal addresses located in Radnor and Haverford Townships in Delaware County.

Bryn Mawr is located toward the center of what is known as the Main Line, a group of affluent Philadelphia suburban villages stretching from the city limits to Malvern. They became home to sprawling country estates belonging to Philadelphia's wealthiest families, and over the decades became a bastion of "old money". As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 3,779. Bryn Mawr is home to Bryn Mawr College.


Bryn Mawr is named after an estate near Dolgellau in North Wales that belonged to Rowland Ellis. He was a Quaker who emigrated in 1686 to Pennsylvania from Dolgellau to escape religious persecution.

Until 1869 and the coming of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the town was known as Humphreysville. The town was renamed by railroad agent William H. Wilson after he acquired on behalf of the railroad the 283 acres (1.15 km2) that now compose Bryn Mawr.

In 1893, the first hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, was built on the Main Line by Dr. George Gerhard.

Glenays, an historic home dating to 1859, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.


Bryn Mawr is located at 40°1′16″N 75°19′01″W / 40.02111°N 75.31694°W / 40.02111; -75.31694 (40.021022, −75.316901).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), some of which is in Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County.

Part of Bryn Mawr is located in Delaware County, located at the coordinates 40°1' 25.0212"N 75°19' 46.1676"W, its zip code is 19010 with a total population of 3,779.

However, the "Bryn Mawr" zip code (19010) covers a larger area, and as a result, the geographic term "Bryn Mawr" is often used in a sense that includes not only the CDP, but also other areas that share the zip code. These other areas include the community of Rosemont within Lower Merion Township and Radnor Township, and various other areas within Lower Merion Township, Radnor Township, and Haverford Township. Bryn Mawr is a part of the Philadelphia Main Line, a string of picturesque towns located along a railroad that connects Philadelphia with points west. Some other Main Line communities include Ardmore, Wynnewood, Narberth, Bala Cynwyd and Villanova. As of the 2000 Census, the Bryn Mawr ZIP code was home to 21,485 people with a median family income of $210,956.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 3,271
2000 4,382 34.0%
2010 3,779 −13.8%
2020 5,879 55.6%

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,779 people, 1,262 households, and 497 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 7,033.7 people per square mile (2,728.9/km2). There were 1,481 housing units at an average density of 2,377.2/sq mi (922.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 74.0% White, 10.5% Black or African American, 0.0% Native American, 10.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. 4.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.1% were of Irish, 10.8% Italian, 6.8% German and 6.4% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 1,404 households, out of which 13.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.8% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 62.6% were non-families. 41.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 8.4% under the age of 18, 48.1% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 12.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females, there were 46.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 42.4 males.

As of the 2000 U.S. census the median income for a household in the CDP was $47,721, and the median income for a family was $66,369. Males had a median income of $40,625 versus $31,618 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,442. About 5.3% of families and 21.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

As of the 2000 Census, the Bryn Mawr ZIP code was home to 21,485 people with a median family income of $110,956.

Points of interest

Notable people

  • Cheryl Abplanalp Thompson, Team USA handball player in 1996 Summer Olympics, inductee into Davis and Elkins College Hall of Fame
  • Constance Applebee, athletic director at Bryn Mawr College for 24 years
  • Julius Wesley Becton Jr., retired United States Army general, former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director, and education administrator
  • John Bogle, founder and former CEO of The Vanguard Group
  • Avis Bohlen, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria (1996-1999)
  • Derek Bok, lawyer, educator, president of Harvard University
  • H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), imagist poet, novelist, memoirist
  • George W. Childs, publisher, co-owner of Philadelphia Public Ledger
  • Jake Cohen (born 1990), American-Israeli basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Israeli national basketball team
  • Meredith Colket, silver medalist in pole vault, 1900 Olympics
  • Samuel Conway, chemist and Anthrocon chairman, born here
  • Fran Crippen, swimmer
  • A. J. Croce, musician
  • Kat Dennings, actress
  • Mark DiFelice, MLB player for Milwaukee Brewers
  • Fred D'Ignazio, educator and technology writer
  • Adelaide C. Eckardt, Maryland politician
  • Bernard Farrell, former chairman of 550/Sony Music Entertainment, founder of StarHouse Records
  • Drew Gilpin Faust, historian of American Civil War, first female president of Harvard University, graduated from Bryn Mawr College
  • Emmet French, golfer
  • Jim Gardner, Philadelphia WPVI-TV news anchorman
  • Adam Goren, punk-rock musician known as Atom and His Package
  • Phil Gosselin, Major League baseball player
  • Hanna Holborn Gray, historian of Germany, first female president of University of Chicago, graduated from Bryn Mawr College
  • Edith Hamilton, classics scholar, author of The Greek Way and The Roman Way, graduated from and taught at Bryn Mawr College
  • Philip A. Hart, United States Senator from Michigan, 1959–1976, nicknamed "the Conscience of the Senate"
  • Katharine Hepburn, actress, four-time Academy Award recipient, graduated from Bryn Mawr College
  • Edward Barnes Leisenring Jr., coal executive
  • Daniel Pratt Mannix IV, author of The Fox and the Hound
  • Jayne Mansfield, actress
  • Jacqueline Mars, heiress to Mars, Inc. candy bar fortune
  • Tim McCarver, Major League baseball player and broadcaster
  • Walter A. McDougall, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Agnes Nixon, creator of One Life to Live and All My Children
  • Emmy Noether, mathematician
  • Michael A. O'Donnell, Ph.D, author, lecturer, and Episcopal priest, born here
  • Richard A. O'Donnell, American playwright, composer, lyricist, poet, actor, and stand-up comic
  • R. C. Orlan, baseball player
  • Teddy Pendergrass, singer
  • Chris Pikula, professional Magic: The Gathering player
  • Polly Platt, author of books for Americans living in France
  • Jake Schindler, professional poker player
  • Beth Shak, professional poker player for Full Tilt
  • Jay Sigel, professional golfer, U.S. Amateur champion
  • Cornelia Otis Skinner, playwright and actress, graduated from Bryn Mawr College
  • Ed Snider, founder of Comcast Spectacor
  • John Spagnola, former professional football player
  • Andrew Spence, artist
  • Richard Swett, former congressman and diplomat
  • Dr. Joseph Wright Taylor, industrialist, Quaker leader, founder and benefactor of Bryn Mawr College
  • Jack Thayer, first class passenger and survivor of sinking of RMS Titanic
  • M. Carey Thomas, second president of Bryn Mawr College
  • Charles Thomson, secretary of Continental Congress, lived at Harriton House
  • Ronne Troup, actress
  • Emlen Tunnell, NFL player for New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, taught government at Bryn Mawr College, then at Princeton University, and later served as governor of New Jersey
  • Warren Zevon, musician

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