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Delaware Valley
Greater Philadelphia
Southeastern Pennsylvania

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA
Map of the Lower Delaware Valley Metropolitan Area. In addition to the yellow-shaded area, other parts of South Jersey (namely, Atlantic County and Cape May County) and Delaware (such as Dover) are considered to be part of the Delaware Valley or Philadelphia Metropolitan Area.
Map of the Lower Delaware Valley Metropolitan Area. In addition to the yellow-shaded area, other parts of South Jersey (namely, Atlantic County and Cape May County) and Delaware (such as Dover) are considered to be part of the Delaware Valley or Philadelphia Metropolitan Area.
Country Flag of United States.svg United States
State  - Flag of Pennsylvania.svg Pennsylvania
 - Flag of New Jersey.svg New Jersey
 - Flag of Delaware.svg Delaware
 - Flag of Maryland.svg Maryland
Principal cities and towns Philadelphia
Atlantic City
Upper Darby
Middletown Township
Cherry Hill
West Chester
Washington Township
Cape May Court House
Lower Township
The Wildwoods
Ventnor City
Margate City
Ocean City
Sea Isle City
Lower Merion
Gloucester Township
King of Prussia
Bensalem Township
Burlington City and Burlington Township
Mount Holly
Hamilton Township (Mays Landing)
Abington Township
Bristol Township
Mount Laurel
Northampton Township
Winslow Township
 • Urban
1,981.4 sq mi (5,131.7 km2)
 • Metro
5,118 sq mi (13,256 km2)
0 - 1,080 ft (0 - 329 m)
 (2013 est.)
 • Density 2,746.32/sq mi (1,060.36/km2)
 • Urban
5,441,567 (5th)
 • MSA
6,096,372 (8th)
 • CSA
7,146,706 (8th)
  MSA/CSA = 2013, Urban = 2010
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EST)

The Delaware Valley is the valley through which the Delaware River flows. By extension, this toponym is commonly used to refer to Greater Philadelphia or the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The region includes a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and broader combined statistical area (CSA) that are composed of counties located in Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, Delaware, and the northern Eastern Shore of Maryland, including Camden, Atlantic City, and Wilmington. As of the 2010 Census, the MSA has a population of over 6 million, while the CSA has a population of over 7.1 million. 2016 Census Bureau estimates rank the Delaware Valley CSA as the ninth-largest CSA in the United States.

Philadelphia is by far the largest municipality in the Delaware Valley and serves as the region's major commercial, cultural, and industrial center. Other municipalities in the MSA include Camden, New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware, while the larger CSA also includes municipalities such as Reading, Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Delaware Valley Metropolitan Area is located in the Northeastern United States and forms part of a larger urbanized area known as the Northeast megalopolis. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Philadelphia metropolitan area has a gross domestic product of $431 billion, the ninth-largest among U.S. metropolitan areas.

The Delaware Valley has been influential in American history and industry. The area has hosted many people and sites significant to American culture, history, and politics. Philadelphia is sometimes known as "The Birthplace of America", as both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted and signed in Philadelphia. The Delaware Valley was home to many other instrumental moments in the American Revolution, and Philadelphia served as the capital of the United States for much of the 18th century. Today, the area is home to a number of nationally known universities, such as the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Villanova University, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, Rutgers University-Camden, La Salle University and University of Delaware.


In geology and geography, a strict sense of the term would incorporate the Delaware River's main drainage basin, and so encompass major tributaries such as the Schuylkill River and Lehigh River and their valleys or sub-basins. These extensions also apply culturally with decreasing degree gradually decreased by proximal distance because the ease of land travel enables a great deal of daily interaction; for example, the large number of commuters who travel daily 45–90 minutes creates cultural blends and parallel values.

The drainage basin of the Delaware River.

Population and economy

The Delaware Valley is part of a larger urbanized area known as the Northeast megalopolis

According to 2016 estimates from the United States Census Bureau, the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area ranks as the seventh-largest MSA in the United States with 6,070,500 people. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington MSA had a gross domestic product of $431 billion, the ninth-largest among U.S. metropolitan areas. 2016 Census Bureau estimates rank the Philadelphia-Reading-Camden Combined Statistical Area as the ninth-largest CSA in the United States, with 7,179,357 people.

The Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area's population of roughly 6 million people is comparable to that of countries such as Lebanon, Denmark, and Nicaragua. The MSA's nominal gross domestic product of $431 billion is comparable to countries such as Belgium, Iran, and Thailand. The MSA also ranks as the second most populous in the Northeastern United States after the New York metropolitan area, while the CSA is third-largest in the Northeast after the New York and Boston metropolitan areas. The Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area, which is part of Northeast Megalopolis but is considered part of the Southeastern United States under Census Bureau definitions, is also larger than the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Philadelphia itself is the sixth-most populous city in the United States and the third-most populous U.S. city east of the Mississippi River, after New York City and Chicago. Philadelphia's media market ranks fourth, behind New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, in Nielsen Media Market size rankings.

Such educational institutions as Delaware Valley Regional High School in Alexandria Township and Delaware Valley College in Doylestown Township are named after the region. Likewise, Frenchtown's now defunct newspaper The Delaware Valley News was another example of the usage.


Sixteen counties in four states constitute the Philadelphia-Reading-Camden Combined Statistical Area. The five Pennsylvania counties in the MSA are collectively known as Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the four suburban counties from this region are sometimes called the "collar counties." Aside from Philadelphia, major municipalities in Southeastern Pennsylvania include the inner suburbs of Upper Darby Township and Bensalem Township. Berks County, which forms its own MSA and contains the CSA's second largest city, Reading, is generally not considered to be part of Southeastern Pennsylvania and is sometimes assigned to South Central Pennsylvania.

The seven New Jersey counties in the CSA form South Jersey, although Ocean County, which is part of the New York CSA, is also sometimes considered to be part of South Jersey. Atlantic County, Cape May County, and Cumberland County each form their own respective metropolitan statistical areas. Atlantic City, Cape May County, and the southern Jersey Shore (including Margate City, Ventnor City, the Wildwoods, and Sea Isle City) are major tourist destinations for people from inside and outside of the Delaware Valley. Other major municipalities in South Jersey include Cherry Hill and Camden, which is across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.

The two counties of Delaware in the CSA constitute a majority of Delaware's land mass and population. Wilmington is the most populous city in Delaware and the fifth-most populous municipality in the Delaware Valley. The lone Maryland county in the Philadelphia-Reading-Camden Combined Statistical Area is part of the region known as the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Although Mercer County in Central Jersey is often considered part of the Delaware Valley from a cultural perspective, it is classified as part of New York's CSA by the OMB. Mercer County and three counties in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, Carbon County, Lehigh County and Northampton County, are part of the Philadelphia media market. Caroline County, Maryland is also part of the Philadelphia media market, and other counties within the Philadelphia media market include Monroe County, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Ocean County, New Jersey.

List of counties

County State Seat 2010 Pop. 2016 Pop. Pop. Change Area MSA Map
Kent DE Dover 162,310 174,827 7.7% 279.4 mi2 Dover MSA Map of Delaware highlighting Kent County.svg
New Castle DE Wilmington 538,479 556,987 3.4% 426.3 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA Map of Delaware highlighting New Castle County.svg
Cecil MD Elkton 101,108 102,603 1.5% 348.2 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA Map of Maryland highlighting Cecil County.svg
Atlantic NJ Mays Landing 274,549 270,991 -1.3% 561.2 mi2 Atlantic City-Hammonton MSA Map of New Jersey highlighting Atlantic County.svg
Burlington NJ Mount Holly 448,734 449,284 0.1% 804.8 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA Map of New Jersey highlighting Burlington County.svg
Camden NJ Camden 513,657 510,150 -0.7% 222.3 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA Map of New Jersey highlighting Camden County.svg
Cape May NJ Cape May Court House 97,265 94,430 -2.9% 255.2 mi2 Ocean City MSA Map of New Jersey highlighting Cape May County.svg
Cumberland NJ Bridgeton 156,898 153,797 -2% 489.3 mi2 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton MSA Map of New Jersey highlighting Cumberland County.svg
Gloucester NJ Woodbury 288,288 292,330 1.4% 324.9 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA Map of New Jersey highlighting Gloucester County.svg
Salem NJ Salem 66,083 63,436 -4% 337.8 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA Map of New Jersey highlighting Salem County.svg
Berks PA Reading 411,442 414,812 0.8% 859.2 mi2 Reading MSA Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County.svg
Bucks PA Doylestown 625,249 626,399 0.2% 607.6 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Bucks County.svg
Chester PA West Chester 498,886 516,312 3.5% 756 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County.svg
Delaware PA Media 558,979 563,402 0.8% 184.2 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Delaware County.svg
Montgomery PA Norristown 799,874 821,725 2.7% 487 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County.svg
Philadelphia PA Philadelphia 1,526,006 1,576,872 3.3% 135.1 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Philadelphia County.svg
Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA 5,965,343 6,079,500 1.8% 4928.2 mi2 Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington MSA -
Philadelphia–Reading–Camden CSA 7,067,807 7,179,357 1.6% 7372.5 mi2 N/A -

List of largest municipalities

Ocean City NJ beach looking north at 12th Street
Ocean City, New Jersey
Wilmington Delaware skyline
Wilmington, Delaware

These municipalities are all within the Philadelphia-Reading-Camden Combined Statistical Area.

City Pop. County State
Philadelphia 1,567,872 Philadelphia PA
Reading 87,575 Berks PA
Upper Darby Township 82,765 Delaware PA
Camden 74,420 Camden NJ
Wilmington 71,502 New Castle DE
Cherry Hill 70,976 Camden NJ
Gloucester Township 64,049 Camden NJ
Vineland 60,876 Cumberland NJ
Bensalem Township 60,354 Bucks PA
Lower Merion Township 58,220 Montgomery PA
Abington Township 55,640 Montgomery PA
Bristol Township 54,170 Bucks PA
Haverford Township 48,893 Delaware PA
Washington Township 48,301 Gloucester NJ
Evesham Township 45,578 Burlington NJ
Middletown Township 45,318 Bucks PA
Egg Harbor Township 43,747 Atlantic NJ
Mount Laurel 41,849 Burlington NJ
Northampton Township 39,562 Bucks PA
Winslow Township 39,417 Camden NJ

Statistical history

When metropolitan areas were originally defined in 1950, most of the area now in the Delaware Valley was split between four metropolitan areas, or "standard metropolitan areas," as they were called. The Philadelphia SMA comprised Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties in New Jersey. The Wilmington SMA comprised New Castle County in Delaware and Salem County in New Jersey, while Berks County was the Reading SMA and Atlantic County was the Atlantic City SMA.

In 1960, Cecil County was added to what was now the Wilmington Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1980, Cumberland County was defined as the Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton SMSA.

In 1990, the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton SMSAs were merged with the Trenton SMSA as the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Trenton Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the same time, Cape May County was added to the Atlantic City SMSA. "Philadelphia-Wilmington-Trenton" became obsolete one census later, with Trenton moving to the New York-Newark-Bridgeport CSA, and the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Vineland CSA consisting only of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Camden MSA and the Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton MSA. Kent County became the Dover MSA in 2000, and it and Atlantic City were added to the Philadelphia CSA in 2010, for a total of six MSA components; as a result of new 2010 definitions based on a threshold of 15% labor interchange between MSAs, two more MSAs were added to the CSA, for a total of six. With Ocean City, NJ, and Reading, PA, the CSA is now known as Philadelphia-Reading-Camden.


Duffys Cut Cross West Laurel Hill
Grave of some of the 57 Irish victims of Duffy's Cut in West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Irish Americans make up the largest ethnicity in the Delaware Valley.
Friendship Gate Chinatown Philadelphia from east
Philadelphia's Chinatown is home to many Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants.
Hindu Temple Delaware Pic -2
Hindu Temple of Delaware in Delaware Valley

The Delaware Valley is home to extensive populations of Irish Americans, German Americans, English Americans, Ukrainian Americans, Italian Americans, Swedish-Americans (which have a museum located at FDR Park in South Philadelphia), Polish Americans, Scottish Americans, Ulster Scot or "Scotch-Irish" Americans, Welsh Americans, Jewish Americans, Greek Americans, African Americans, Chinese Americans, Indian Americans, Russian Americans, Korean Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Armenian Americans, Arab Americans, Turkish Americans, Pakistani Americans, Israeli Americans, various African immigrant groups, particularly from West African; various West Indian American groups, including Jamaican Americans; and Hispanic Americans. Within the Hispanic population, the vast majority are Puerto Ricans, though other significant groups include Dominican Americans and Mexican Americans, as well as significant populations from Central America. There is even a small Native American community known as Lenapehoking for Lenni-Lenape Indians of West Philadelphia.

Philadelphia's suburbs contain a high concentration of malls, the two largest of which have at least 5,000,000 square feet (460,000 m2) of office space, and at least 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) of retail. These are the King of Prussia mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, which is the largest in the United States (leasable sq. feet of retail space), and the Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, which was the first enclosed mall on the East Coast. Malls, office complexes, strip shopping plazas, expressways, and tract housing are common sights, and more and more continue to replace rolling countryside, farms, woods, and wetlands. However, due to strong opposition by residents and political officials, many acres of land have been preserved throughout the Delaware Valley. Older townships and large boroughs such as Cheltenham, Norristown, Jenkintown, Upper Darby and West Chester retain distinct community identities while engulfed in suburbia. The fastest-growing counties are Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, and Gloucester. Upper Darby, in Delaware County is the largest township in the United States. Sometimes Reading is included in the Delaware Valley Metro Area.

Mid-Atlantic American English and its subset, Philadelphia English, are two common dialects of American English in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley.


The Delaware Valley has four distinct seasons with ample precipitation and is divided by the 0 °C (32 °F) January isotherm. Most of Philadelphia and the NJ portion, almost all of the DE and MD portions, part of Delaware County, and extreme southern portions of Bucks and Chester Counties have a humid subtropical climate (Cfa.) The remainder of the Delaware Valley has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa.) Snow amounts may vary widely year-to-year and normally do vary widely within the Delaware Valley. The region has only two ski areas: Bear Creek Ski and Recreation Area in eastern Berks County and Spring Mountain in central Montgomery County.

Using the -3 °C January isotherm as a boundary, all of the Delaware Valley is humid subtropical except for portions of Berks County and higher areas of northern Chester County. The warm-summer humid continental climate (Dfb) only exists in higher areas of Berks where all monthly temperatures average below 22 °C.

Colonial history

The valley was the territory of the Susquehannock and Lenape, who are recalled in place names throughout the region. The region became part of the Dutch colony of New Netherland after the exploration of Delaware Bay in 1609. The Dutch called the Delaware River the Zuyd Rivier, or South River, and considered the lands along it banks and those of its bay to be the southern flank of its province of New Netherland. In 1638, it began to be settled by Swedes, Forest Finns, Dutch, and Walloons and became the colony of New Sweden, though this was not officially recognized by the Dutch Empire which re-asserted control in 1655. The area was taken by the English in 1664. The name Delaware comes from Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, who had arrived at Jamestown, Virginia in 1610, just as original settlers were about to abandon it, and thus maintaining the English foothold on the North American continent.


Many residents commute to jobs and travel in Philadelphia, Camden, Wilmington, and the surrounding suburbs with the help of expressways, trains, and buses. There are currently no transit connections to Reading, the second largest municipality in the region.


Rapid transit

    • PATCO Speedline connecting Philadelphia to Lindenwold, NJ in Camden County with connections to NJT's Atlantic City Line.

Light rail

    • Subway–surface lines: Routes 10, 11, 13, 34, and 36, connecting West Philadelphia and Delaware County with 13th Street Station, running at street-level through Delaware County and West Philadelphia, and beneath Market Street in Center City
    • Route 15 along Girard Avenue from 63rd Street and Girard Avenue to Richmond and Westmoreland Streets
    • Routes 101 and 102 connecting Media (Route 101) and Sharon Hill (Route 102) in Delaware County with 69th Street Transportation Center
  • NJ Transit
    • River Line connecting Camden, New Jersey to Trenton, New Jersey, running along the east bank of the Delaware River.

Commuter rail

30th Street Station concourse March 2019
The grand concourse at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, which serves Amtrak, SEPTA Regional Rail, and NJ Transit's Atlantic City Line
  • SEPTA Regional Rail
    • Airport Line connecting Central Philadelphia with Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties.
    • Wilmington/Newark Line connecting Philadelphia to the Wilmington, Delaware area (with limited weekday service to Newark, Delaware), via Chester City and Delaware County.
    • Warminster Line connecting Philadelphia with southeastern Montgomery County and Warminster in Bucks County.
    • West Trenton Line connecting Philadelphia north to the Trenton, New Jersey area, serving Montgomery and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, between Jenkintown and Yardley, Pennsylvania, with the final stop in Ewing, New Jersey.
    • Media/Elwyn Line connecting Philadelphia to central Delaware County.
    • Paoli/Thorndale Line connecting Philadelphia with the affluent Main Line area and western Chester County near Coatesville.
    • Lansdale/Doylestown Line connecting Philadelphia with Lansdale in central Montgomery County and Doylestown in Bucks County.
    • Manayunk/Norristown Line connecting Philadelphia with Conshohocken and Norristown in Montgomery County.
    • Cynwyd Line connecting Philadelphia with Bala Cynwyd on the Philadelphia/Montgomery County line (limited weekday service)
    • Trenton Line connecting Philadelphia to Trenton, New Jersey, serving Bucks County.
    • Fox Chase Line connecting Central Philadelphia with the Fox Chase area in Philadelphia.
    • Chestnut Hill East Line and Chestnut Hill West Line connecting Central Philadelphia with the Chestnut Hill area of the city.
  • NJ Transit
  • MARC Train

Intercity rail

Bus service

Transit buses

  • NJ Transit
  • South Jersey Transportation Authority
  • DART First State
  • Krapf Transit
  • Bucks County Transport
  • Transportation Management Association of Chester County
  • TMA Bucks
  • Pottstown Area Rapid Transit
  • Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority
  • Cecil Transit
  • Atlantic City casino bus routes by a number of private carriers

Intercity bus

  • Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
  • BoltBus
  • Greyhound Lines
  • Klein Transportation
  • Martz Trailways
  • Megabus
  • OurBus
  • Peter Pan Bus Lines
  • Trans-Bridge Lines

Major highways

I-76 WB at I-676-US 30 interchange
The Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76) in Center City Philadelphia


  • I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway)
  • I-78
  • I-95 (Delaware Expressway)
  • I-295 (Delaware Expressway)
  • I-176 (Morgantown Expressway)

  • I-76 / I-276 / I-95 / Penna Turnpike
  • I-476 (Blue Route/Mid-County Expressway)

  • I-476 / Penna Turnpike NE Extension
  • I-676 / US 30 (Vine Street Expressway)

  • I-676 / US 30 (Benjamin Franklin Bridge)

  • I-76 (Walt Whitman Bridge)
  • US 1 (Lincoln Expressway/Roosevelt Boulevard/City Line Avenue/Kennett-Oxford Bypass)
  • US 13
  • US 22
  • US 30 (Lancaster Avenue/Lincoln Highway)
  • US 202 (Wilmington Pike/Highway/Dekalb Pike/Highway/Doylestown Pike/Lower York Road)
  • US 222 (Kutztown Bypass/Outer Bypass/Shillington Bypass)
  • US 322 (Conchester Highway/Horseshoe Pike)
  • US 422 (Pottstown Expressway/Perkiomen Avenue/West Shore Bypass)
  • PA 3 (West Chester Pike)
  • PA 10
  • PA 12 (Warren Street Bypass/Pricetown Road)
  • PA 23
  • PA 29
  • PA 32 (River Road)
  • PA 41 (Gap-Newport Pike)
  • PA 52 (Kennett Pike)
  • PA 61 (Centre Avenue/Pottsville Pike)
  • PA 63 (Woodhaven Road/Welsh Road/Sumneytown Pike)
  • PA 73
  • PA 82
  • PA 100 (Pottstown Pike)
  • PA 113
  • PA 132 (Street Road)
  • PA 152 (Limekiln Pike)
  • PA 162
  • PA 179 (Upper York Road)
  • PA 212
  • PA 213
  • PA 232 (Huntingdon Pike/Oxford Ave)
  • PA 252 (Newtown Street Road)
  • PA 261 (Foulk Road)
  • PA 263 (York Road)
  • PA 272
  • PA 282
  • PA 291 (Industrial Hwy)
  • PA 309 (Fort Washington Expressway/Bethlehem Pike/Sellersville-Souderton Bypass)
  • PA 313
  • PA 320 (Sproul Road)
  • PA 332
  • PA 340
  • PA 345
  • PA 352 (Middletown Road/Chester Road)
  • PA 363 (Valley Forge Road/Trooper Road)
  • PA 372
  • PA 401 (Conestoga Road)
  • PA 412 (Durham Road)
  • PA 413
  • PA 420 (Woodland Avenue/Kedron Avenue)
  • PA 452 (Pennell Road)
  • PA 463
  • PA 472
  • PA 491
  • PA 513
  • PA 532 (Washington Crossing Road/Buck Road)
  • PA 562
  • PA 563
  • PA 611 (Doylestown Bypass/Easton Road/Old York Road)
  • PA 663 (John Fries Hwy)
  • PA 724
  • PA 796
  • PA 841
  • PA 842
  • PA 896
  • PA 926 (Street Road)

New Jersey

  • N.J. Turnpike
  • G.S. Parkway
  • A.C. Expressway

  • I-76 (Walt Whitman Bridge)
  • I-295

  • I-676 / US 30 (Benjamin Franklin Bridge)
  • I-76 / I-676 / Route 42 (North-South Freeway)
  • US 9
  • US 30
  • US 40
  • US 130
  • US 206
  • US 322
  • Route 27
  • Route 29
  • Route 31
  • Route 33
  • Route 38
  • Route 44
  • Route 45
  • Route 47
  • Route 48
  • Route 49
  • Route 50
  • Route 52
  • Route 54
  • Route 55
  • Route 56
  • Route 68
  • Route 70
  • Route 72
  • Route 73
  • Route 83
  • Route 87
  • Route 90 (Betsy Ross Bridge)
  • Route 109
  • Route 129
  • Route 133
  • Route 143
  • Route 147
  • Route 152
  • Route 156
  • Route 157
  • Route 168
  • Route 179
  • Route 413


  • I-95 / Delaware Turnpike
  • I-295
  • I-495
  • US 13
  • US 40
  • US 113
  • US 202

  • US 301
  • DE 1
  • DE 2
  • DE 3
  • DE 4
  • DE 7
  • DE 9
  • DE 37
  • DE 41
  • DE 48
  • DE 52
  • DE 58
  • DE 62
  • DE 71
  • DE 72
  • DE 82
  • DE 92
  • DE 100
  • DE 141
  • DE 202
  • DE 261
  • DE 273
  • DE 279
  • DE 299
  • DE 491
  • DE 896


Delaware River Bridges

2012 Ben Franklin Bridge and Race Street Pier
Ben Franklin Bridge
Philadelphia International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport




  • Atlantic City International Airport (ACY)
  • Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) (not in CSA)
  • New Castle Airport (ILG)
  • Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE)
  • Reading Regional Airport (RDG)
  • Trenton–Mercer Airport (TTN) (not in CSA)


The Cape May–Lewes Ferry crosses the mouth of the Delaware Bay between Cape May County, NJ and Sussex County, DE. U.S. Route 9 uses this ferry.


Sports teams

Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies

Listing of the professional sports teams in the Delaware Valley


The two main newspapers are The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, owned by the Philadelphia Media Network. Local television channels include KYW-TV 3 (CBS), WPVI 6 (ABC), WCAU 10 (NBC), WHYY-TV 12 (PBS), WPHL-TV 17 (MyNetworkTV), WTXF 29 (FOX), WPSG 57 (CW), and WPPX 61 (Ion). Radio stations serving the area include: WRTI, WIOQ, WDAS (AM), and WTEL.

Lexicon note

Some believe that the term "Delaware Valley" is not entirely a synonym for "Greater Philadelphia". "Greater Philadelphia" implies that the region is centered on the city in an economic and cultural context, while "Delaware Valley" is a more generic geographic term that does not imply that any part is of more consequence than any other. Several organizations, such as KYW Radio and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, consciously use the term "Greater Philadelphia" to assert that Philadelphia is the center of the region, referring to the less urbanized areas as "Philadelphia's countryside". Others note that the customary media usage of the term omits the majority of the length of the Delaware River's valley that is not in metropolitan Philadelphia.

WPVI-TV uses the slogan, "The Delaware Valley's leading news program" for their Action News broadcast, since that program has led the ratings for news programs in the Philadelphia market for over 30 years.

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See also

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