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Census-designated place
Neighborhood of Cheltenham Township
From top left: Grey Towers Castle, Glenside Welcome Sign at Limekiln Pike & Easton Road, Downtown Glenside, Glenside Trust Company Building, Philadelphia Skyline, former Glenside National Bank building, Glenside Memorial Hall
Nickname: G Side
Country  United States
State  Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Townships Abington, Cheltenham
Elevation 262 ft (79.9 m)
Area 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km²)
 - land 1.3 sq mi (3 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 8,384 (2010)
Density 6,449.2 /sq mi (2,490.1 /km²)
Timezone Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19038
Area code 215 and 267
Commissioners J. Andrew Sharkey
Kathy A. Hampton (East)

Glenside is a census-designated place (CDP) bordering North Philadelphia in Abington and Cheltenham townships, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,384 at the 2010 census on a land area of only 1.3 square miles. The Glenside station is one of the busiest in the SEPTA system. Glenside is located about 6 miles from Center City Philadelphia.

Glenside is bordered to the South by the West Oak Lane and Cedarbrook neighborhoods of Philadelphia, the East and West by the Cheltenham neighborhoods of Edge Hill, Laverock, and Wyncote, and to the North by the Abington neighborhoods of Ardsley and Abington.


Grey Towers, 450 South Easton Road, Beaver College, Glenside (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania)
National Historic Landmark Grey Towers Castle.

Glenside is located at 40°6′11″N 75°9′8″W / 40.10306°N 75.15222°W / 40.10306; -75.15222 (40.102960, −75.152264).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.

Glenside is a part of 3 different townships: Abington Township, Springfield Township, and Cheltenham Township, with the latter being where the majority of Glenside is located, including the United States Post Office, Glenside Library, and Glenside Memorial Hall.


The altitude ranges from 232 feet near Glenside Memorial Hall to 405 feet on Sunset and Lindley Roads. The majority of Glenside is around 300 feet in elevation; it is 238 feet at the intersection of Waverly and Easton roads, the center of Glenside.


United States Post Office in Glenside
Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 8,704
2000 7,914 −9.1%
2010 8,384 5.9%

As of the 2010 census, the CDP was 85.4% White, 7.2% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 1.0% were Some Other Race, and 1.7% were two or more races. 2.9% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,914 people, 3,103 households, and 2,013 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,217.4 people per square mile (2,406.0/km2). There were 3,181 housing units at an average density of 2,499.1/sq mi (967.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.97% White, 6.66% African American, 0.10% Native American, 3.02% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.

There were 3,103 households, out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $58,868, and the median income for a family was $74,025. Males had a median income of $48,378 versus $35,629 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,393. About 1.6% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.


A SEPTA Main Line train pulling out of Glenside
Easton Road is the main street of Glenside
The Glenside Pub in downtown Glenside

Glenside is located at about a 30-minute drive to downtown Philadelphia, 2 hours to New York City, 2 hours to the Pocono Mountains, and 1.5 hours to the Jersey shore. Glenside has easy access to many major US highways, such as US Route 1, Interstate 95, Interstate 76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and US Route 30.


Glenside is served by SEPTA regional rail at the Glenside Train Station. The station, which was originally called Abington, has its roots back with the North Pennsylvania Railroad and the Reading Railroad. Trains north split at Carmel Interlocking, just north of the station, and either go to Lansdale/Doylestown Line or the Warminster Line. Trains going south go to Philadelphia, which is about a 25-minute ride to Jefferson Station and 35 minutes to 30th Street Station. Express trains make it to Jefferson in as little as 20 minutes. With two lines serving the station, the frequent train service makes Glenside an attractive place to live. Glenside is also served by SEPTA buses, in particular, routes 77 and 22.


Glenside is accessible to Amtrak, which provides train service to most major cities in the Northeast. Glenside is a 30-minute SEPTA ride or 30-minute drive to Amtrak's 30th Street Station, the 3rd busiest station in the Amtrak system, in Center City Philadelphia.


Glenside also has several major local roads, such as:

PA-73.svgPennsylvania Route 73 provides a connection with western Montgomery County and New Jersey. In Glenside, it is known as Church Road.

PA-309.svgPennsylvania Route 309 also known as the "Fort Washington Expressway" or just "309," is a 2-lane highway providing a direct access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The southern terminus of 309 is about 1 mile from downtown Glenside.

PA-152.svgPennsylvania Route 152 also known as "Limekiln Pike," begins in Glenside, where it intersects with 309. It then proceeds to intersect with 73, and eventually continues north into Bucks County

Glenside is located in close proximity to several national roads:

  • Glenside to I-95.svg – 7 miles
  • Glenside to US 1.svg LincolnHighwayMarker.svg US 13.svg – 4.1 miles
  • Glenside to Pennsylvania Turnpike logo.svg I-276.svg – 4 miles
  • Glenside to US 30.svg – 7.7 miles
  • Glenside to I-76.svg – 5.1 miles


Glenside has a typical Northeast climate. Summers are hot, with highs averaging 84–89 °F (29–32 °C). The middle of summer sees several days breaking 90 °F (32 °C), with only one or two days rising above 100 °F (38 °C). Summer nights can be erratic, ranging from 67 to 72 °F (19 to 22 °C). Spring and Fall are pleasant, with the highs usually hovering around 60 °F (16 °C), and lows of 47–49 °F (8–9 °C). Winters are cold, with highs averaging 33 to 37 °F (1 to 3 °C) and lows of 17 to 19 °F (−8 to −7 °C). Numerous days in the winter remain below the freezing mark, with lows of 13 to 17 °F (−11 to −8 °C). In addition, several days in late December and early January, high temperatures are 13 to 19 °F (−11 to −7 °C) and lows can plummet to 1 to 9 °F (−17 to −13 °C). The following is a chart of the average temperatures in Glenside.

Climate data for Glenside, Pennsylvania
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F 73 73 88 95 96 102 102 102 98 88 82 76 102
Average high °F 37 42 50 62 72 81 85 84 77 65 54 43 62.6
Average low °F 19 24 32 41 51 62 67 65 56 43 34 26 43
Record low °F -11 -3 -1 16 32 34 45 37 30 20 11 -10 -11
Precipitation inches 3.44 3.01 4.32 4.12 4.37 4.6 5.05 3.98 4.53 3.82 3.94 4.23 49.4
Record high °C 22.8 22.8 31.1 35 35.6 38.9 38.9 38.9 36.7 31.1 27.8 24.4 38.9
Average high °C 2.8 5.6 10 16.7 22.2 27.2 29.4 28.9 25 18.3 12.2 6.1 17
Average low °C -7.2 -4.4 0 5 10.6 16.7 19.4 18.3 13.3 6.1 1.1 -3.3 6.1
Record low °C -23.9 -19.4 -18.3 -8.9 0 1.1 7.2 2.8 -1.1 -6.7 -11.7 -23.3 -23.9
Precipitation mm 87.4 76.5 109.7 104.6 111 117 128.3 101.1 115.1 97 100.1 107.4 1,255
Source: The Weather Channel


Points of interest

  • Harry Renninger Park – formerly known as Glenside Park, was once home to minor league baseball play. Historical photos show large grandstands decorated with bunting for seating crowds.
  • Grove Park
The Exterior of Glenside Free Library
Glenside Hall
Glenside Memorial Hall from Keswick Avenue
The grave of legendary Hall of Fame Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack.
  • Penbryn Park
  • Glenside Pool – Relocated and Constructed in 1967
  • Glenside Free Library – Established 1928, member MCLINC (Montgomery County Library & Information Network Consortium)
  • Edge Hill Woods Wildlife Sanctuary


  • Keswick Theatre – A small theatre in the Glenside's Keswick Village, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
  • The town is home to Arcadia University, a 71-acre (290,000 m2) campus that features the National Historic Landmark Grey Towers Castle.
  • Glenside Memorial Hall – A hall dedicated to World War I veterans, it can accommodate up to 180 people for banquets, parties, etc. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
  • Holy Sepulchre Cemetery – Large cemetery with several notable burials, including Connie Mack, Frank Rizzo and Michael Crescenz.

Independence Day Parade

The annual Independence Day parade held in Glenside every July 4 is reported to be the largest such parade in the greater Philadelphia area. The parade began in 1904 and is now sponsored by the Greater Glenside Patriotic Association. It is a very traditional parade, including all the area volunteer fire companies, a variety of bands and other musical performers, church groups and community organizations, and local and state elected officials (Former-Governor Ed Rendell has been a frequent participant). One unique and much-anticipated show is the Schuylkill County Motorcycle Drill Team. It is one of the nation's longest consecutive Fourth of July parades.


  • Glenside is also the location of the main office building for Newgrounds.

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