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Ridley Township, Pennsylvania
Township municipal building and library
Township municipal building and library
Location in Delaware County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Delaware County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
 • Total 5.31 sq mi (13.74 km2)
 • Land 5.12 sq mi (13.25 km2)
 • Water 0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
102 ft (31 m)
 • Total 30,768
 • Estimate 
 • Density 6,064.48/sq mi (2,341.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 610
FIPS code 42-045-64800
FIPS code 42-045-64800
GNIS feature ID 1216390

Ridley Township is a township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 30,768 at the 2010 census. Ridley Township contains the census designated places of Folsom and Woodlyn along with the unincorporated communities of Crum Lynne and Holmes and a portion of Secane.


Ridley Township is in southeastern Delaware County, northeast of Chester and southeast of Media, the county seat. The borough of Rutledge is in the northern part of the township but is a separate municipality. The unincorporated communities of Folsom and Woodlyn occupy the central and western parts of the township, respectively.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.8 km2), of which 5.1 square miles (13.3 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 3.61%, is water. Most of the water area is in the Delaware River in the southernmost part of the township.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 8,326
1940 8,641 3.8%
1950 17,212 99.2%
1960 35,738 107.6%
1970 39,085 9.4%
1980 33,771 −13.6%
1990 31,169 −7.7%
2000 30,791 −1.2%
2010 30,768 −0.1%
2020 31,053 0.9%

As of Census 2010, the racial makeup of the township was 90.0% White, 5.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population [1].

As of the census of 2000, there were 30,791 people, 12,121 households, and 8,218 families residing in the township. The population density was 6,075.9 people per square mile (2,344.9/km2). There were 12,544 housing units at an average density of 2,475.3/sq mi (955.3/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 96.97% White, 0.26% African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.64% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

There were 12,121 households, out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.9% 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 3.14.

In the township the population was spread out, with 24.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $45,918, and the median income for a family was $54,581. Males had a median income of $41,504 versus $29,972 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,437. About 5.0% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.


Ridley Township encompasses the following towns and communities, which are all part of the township, and are known by locals as Ridley, as they share the same taxes, school district, library, police department located in Folsom. Many of these communities, however, all own their own fire department, though they occasionally service each other with a serious fire, or other major event.


Students residing within the township generally attend schools within the Ridley School District.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia is responsible for Catholic schools. Our Lady of Angels Regional School in Ridley Township (Morton postal address) is the area Catholic school. It formed in 2012 from a merger of Our Lady of Fatima in Secane and in Ridley Township, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ridley Township. In 2012 it had about 503 students, with 215 originating from Our Lady of Fatima. In 2018, as a fire had affected the classroom area, the students were temporarily housed at Cardinal O'Hara. The Ridley School District provided transportation. By 2019 there were 315 students, and the school was being rebuilt.

Notable people

  • David Reese Esrey, businessman and banker
  • Paul Felder, UFC Lightweight and former CFFC Lightweight Champion
  • Ethel Gabriel, record producer and executive
  • Joe Hackett, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 161 from 2011 to 2015
  • George Gray Leiper, United States Congressman
  • Bill McGlone, professional lacrosse player
  • John Morton, politician, signer of United States Declaration of Independence
  • Steve Pulcinella, powerlifter and strongman
  • George Trosley, cartoonist
  • Joe Valerio, Former NFL football player, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Hack Wilson, Major League Baseball player, single season all time RBI leader(191), in 1930, Chicago Cubs
  • William P. Worrall, Pennsylvania State Representative for Delaware County from 1875 to 1876
  • Dave Schulthise bass player for The Dead Milkmen
  • Sydney I. Waddell visual artist and poet
  • James McKinney Saxophonist of the band Refrigerator
  • Jeremy Leafey Bass Player of the band Refrigerator
  • Thomas Castagna Guitarist of the band Refrigerator
  • Cole Steiner Drummer of the Refrigerator
  • Elijah Chappelle Keyboardist of the band Refrigerator

Tahir Mills Delco Player of the Year 2022 and Mini Maxwell Award Winner

See also

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