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Darby, Pennsylvania
Darby Friends Meeting House, built 1805
Location in Delaware County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Location in Delaware County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Darby, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Darby, Pennsylvania
Darby, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Darby, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Darby, Pennsylvania
Darby, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Area
 • Total 0.84 sq mi (2.18 km2)
 • Land 0.84 sq mi (2.18 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
79 ft (24 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 10,687
 • Estimate 
(2019)
10,702
 • Density 12,710.21/sq mi (4,906.09/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
19023
Area codes 610 and 484
FIPS code 42-18152

Darby is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, along Darby Creek 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Center City, Philadelphia. Darby Borough is distinct from the nearby municipality of Darby Township.

Geography

Darby has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 780
1870 1,205 54.5%
1880 1,779 47.6%
1890 2,972 67.1%
1900 3,429 15.4%
1910 6,305 83.9%
1920 7,922 25.6%
1930 9,899 25.0%
1940 10,334 4.4%
1950 13,154 27.3%
1960 14,059 6.9%
1970 13,729 −2.3%
1980 11,513 −16.1%
1990 11,140 −3.2%
2000 10,299 −7.5%
2010 10,687 3.8%
2020 10,715 0.3%
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As of the census of 2000, there were 10,299 people, 3,405 households and 2,393 families residing in the borough. The population density was 12,624.5 people per square mile (4,849.3/km2). There were 3,999 housing units at an average density of 4,902.0 per square mile (1,883.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 36.37% White, 60.00% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

There were 3,405 households, out of which 41.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.1% were married couples living together, 30.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.45.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 33.4% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $26,938, and the median income for a family was $30,065. Males had a median income of $35,507 versus $22,451 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,990. About 35.5% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.6% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Darby is served by the SEPTA Subway–Surface Trolley Lines number 11 and 13 at the Darby Transportation Center and the SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line at the Darby station.

Darby once had three other railroad stations. Two, owned by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (now the Philadelphia Subdivision of CSX), one at Main and Sixth Streets, where the SEPTA Route 11 trolley crosses today, and the other, Boone Station, at Poplar Street and Lawrence Avenue The other, owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad, stood where the current station stands, and later across the tracks.

Education

William Penn School District serves Darby.

  • Park Lane Elementary School (K-6)
  • Walnut Street Elementary School (K-6)
  • Penn Wood Middle School (7-8)
  • Penn Wood High School, Cypress Street Campus-Freshnman Academy (9) (Yeadon)
  • Penn Wood High School, Green Avenue Campus (10-12) (Lansdowne)

The city is also home to Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), a parochial school affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

Notable people

  • Stephen Barrar, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 160th district
  • John Bartram, Quaker, early American botanist and father of the even more famous traveler and botanist William Bartram, was born in Darby and is buried there at the Friends Burial Ground at 12th and Main Street. His botanical garden exists nearby and is the oldest surviving botanical garden in the US.
  • Leo Burt, placed on FBI "Ten Most Wanted" list for his role in the Sterling Hall bombing; born in Darby
  • John Drew, Negro league baseball executive
  • W.C. Fields, comedian and actor; born in 1880 at the Arlington Hotel, then located at 832 Main Street
  • John Patrick Cardinal Foley, former Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and former president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, lived in retirement in Darby at the Villa St. Joseph of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Monica Horan, actress best known for her role as Amy MacDougall on Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Jeff LaBar, rock guitarist for Cinderella
  • Peter O'Keefe, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 161 from 1975 to 1978
  • John James Pearson (1800–1888), member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Estelle Ricketts, first published African-American woman composer
  • James N. Robertson, Pennsylvania state representative for Delaware County (1949-1952), brigadier general in the Pennsylvania National Guard
  • Frank Sheeran, American mobster and trade unionist; portrayed in The Irishman by Robert De Niro
  • John Stanford, former superintendent of the Seattle school district and United States Army officer; born in Darby
  • Annis Boudinot Stockton, the first woman poet to be published in the British American colonies
  • Chris Wheeler, sports broadcaster
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