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Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Wallingford post office
Wallingford post office
Wallingford, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Wallingford, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Township Nether Providence
131 ft (40 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 484 & 610

Wallingford is an unincorporated community in Nether Providence Township, Delaware County in Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1687, it is named for Wallingford, England. In 2007, Wallingford was named by Money Magazine as the 9th best place to live in the United States; two other towns in the area made the top 15. Most locations in Nether Providence use Wallingford's zip code.

It is west of Interstate 476 (known locally as the "Blue Route") and east of S. Providence Road, PA 252. Crum Creek forms the township's eastern border with the borough of Swarthmore. Wallingford lies north of Chester on the southwest edge of the Philadelphia urban area. Wallingford is about 9 miles from Philadelphia proper.

There is a dry cleaning shop and a post office. Various doctors, dentists and lawyers are also located in Wallingford.

About half a dozen churches and chapels of several denominations are located in Wallingford, including Wallingford Presbyterian Church, St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church on Providence Road and the Foundry Church, near Media Parkway. Wallingford is also home to Congregation Ohev Shalom, a conservative synagogue located at the corner of Rt. 252 and Rt. 320.

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Wallingford Presbyterian Church

The local school district is the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, which serves Wallingford, Swarthmore, Rutledge, and parts of Media, Morton and Rose Valley.

Wallingford is located along SEPTA's Media/Elwyn Line, and has a station whose design is attributed to the well-known Victorian architect Frank Furness. Wallingford is about 30 minutes from center city Philadelphia by rail. Effective July 1, 2013, the one-way ticketed fares are $5.75 weekdays and $5.00 evenings and weekends. On-board cash fares are $7.00 at all times.

The township's municipal offices are located at 214 Sykes Lane.

The Thomas Leiper Estate, Westlawn and Wolley Stille are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Wallingford historic sign
Keystone marker on Providence Road

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,420 people residing in Zip Code Tabulation Area 19086. The population density was 3,095 people per square mile. There were 4,487 housing units. The racial makeup of the community was 90.03% White, 4.57% African American, 0.55% Native American, 5.07% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander. 1.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median age was 44.5 years. The median income for a household in the town was $100,660.

Wallingford Community Arts Center tower
Tower on the grounds of Wallingford's Community Arts Center.

Points of interest

  • Pendle Hill Quaker Center for Study and Contemplation
  • Taylor Memorial Arboretum
  • Community Arts Center
  • Saint John Chrysostom R.C.


  • Pendlehill
  • Avonbrook
  • Ridgewood
  • South Summit
  • Wallingford
  • South Wallingford
  • East Wallingford
  • Bowling Green
  • Pine Ridge
  • Heatherwold


HK Furness Library
Furness Free Library

Wallingford-Swarthmore School District is the area school district.

The first area school started in 1810 and was built on a portion of a 78-acre (32 ha) land grant of farmer and friend of William Penn. Nether Providence School District was formed in 1856; it merged with the Swarthmore School District to become the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District but retained both the Nether Providence and Swarthmore High Schools. In 1984, the middle and high schools merged to become Strath Haven Middle School and Strath Haven High School. The Helen Kate Furness Library was founded in 1902.

Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School is the area Catholic school. It formed in 2012 from a merger of St. John Chrysostom in Wallingford and Nativity BVM School in Media. Originally Nativity BVM was to be the location of the merged school, but St. John Chrystosom appealed and the archdiocese changed its decision.

Located in Wallingford is the Helen Kate Furness Free Library, which was renovated in 2006.

Notable residents

  • Edward Potts Cheyney (1861-1947), American historical and economic writer
  • Jay Clayton (attorney) Chairman of the SEC
  • Dan Connor (born 1985), former American football linebacker
  • Ida Dixon (1854-1916), American golf course architect
  • Horace Howard Furness (1833-1912), Shakespearean scholar
  • William Henry Furness III (1866-1920), Physician and ethnographer
  • Caroline Furness Jayne (1873-1909), ethnologist
  • Horace Jayne (1859-1913), Zoologist and educator
  • Horace H. F. Jayne (1898-1975), Museum director
  • Mark Jones (born 1980), former American football wide receiver
  • Joe Sestak, US Representative who served most of Delaware County from 2007 to 2010
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