Radnor Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Radnor Township
Township with home rule
The main house at Chanticleer Garden in Radnor Township
Motto: "Best of the Main Line"
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Elevation 381 ft (116.1 m)
Coordinates 40°2′11″N 75°22′21″W / 40.03639°N 75.37250°W / 40.03639; -75.37250Coordinates: 40°2′11″N 75°22′21″W / 40.03639°N 75.37250°W / 40.03639; -75.37250
Area 13.8 sq mi (35.7 km2)
 - land 13.8 sq mi (36 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 31,531 (2010)
Density 2,284.9/sq mi (882.2/km2)
Founded 1682
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Radnor Township in Delaware County
Location of Radnor Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.radnor.com

Radnor Township is a township with home rule status in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 31,531. Radnor Township lies along the Main Line, a collection of affluent Philadelphia suburbs.

Villanova University, Cabrini University, the Valley Forge Military Academy and College and Eastern University are all located within Radnor Township.


Radnor Township was founded 1682 as a land grant from William Penn. The township was part of the Welsh Tract and was named for Radnorshire in Wales.[1] In 1717, the Welsh Friends erected a Quaker meetinghouse (Radnor Friends Meetinghouse) near what is now the intersection of Conestoga Road and Sproul Road at the geographic center of the township. The new town, "Radnorville", later known as the community of "Ithan" after nearby Ithan Creek, grew around the meetinghouse. The Welsh influence waned in the late 18th century as many left the area due to high taxation. Stone monuments were erected in various locations throughout the township in the late 20th century to commemorate the township's Welsh heritage.

Memorial mile post on U.S. 30 in front of the Anthony Wayne Theater and the AT&T tower in the background.

Other historic structures in Radnor Township include the Sorrel Horse, a former tavern located on Conestoga Road that sheltered George Washington and Lafayette during the Continental Army's retreat back to Philadelphia from the Battle of Brandywine.[2]

Lancaster Pike, the first toll road in the United States, connected the cities of Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, passing through Radnor Township, opened in 1794. That road is now part of the Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30 in Pennsylvania). The Columbia Railroad, later part of the Pennsylvania Railroad also passed through in 1832. Thus, Radnor is one of the towns associated with the local moniker "Main Line." A separate railroad passing through Radnor Township, the Philadelphia and Western Railroad, was opened in the early 20th century. The "Main Line" railroad facilities and a portion of the P&W facilities are still used by SEPTA (the Philadelphia area's transit authority), and the "Main Line" railroad tracks are owned and used by AMTRAK.

In the 1880s, George W. Childs bought property in the community of Louella in the western part of Radnor Township, renamed the area Wayne, Pennsylvania (after American Revolutionary War hero Anthony Wayne) and organized one of the United States's first suburban developments.

The Radnor Friends Meetinghouse and Woodcrest are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]


Radnor Township is located at 40°2′0″N 75°22′18″W / 40.03333°N 75.37167°W / 40.03333; -75.37167 (40.033433, −75.371843).[4][5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 13.8 square miles (35.7 km²), of which 13.8 square miles (35.6 km²) of it is land and 0.07% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 30,878 people, 10,347 households, and 6,373 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,244.3 inhabitants per square mile (866.4/km²). There were 10,731 housing units at an average density of 779.9 per square mile (301.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 89.55% White, 5.67% Asian, 3.09% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 2.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,347 households, out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the township the population was spread out, with 19.5% under the age of 18, 24.0% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

A map, c. 1895, showing most of Radnor Township together with other communities on the Pennsylvania Main Line.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the township was $86,812, and the median income for a family was $113,601. Males had a median income of $71,308 versus $42,652 for females. The per capita income for the township was $39,813. About 2.4% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Places of worship include St. David's Episcopal Church, whose graveyard, and buildings begun in 1715, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7][8]

Villanova Theatre serves both the university campus community and the Greater Philadelphia area. The Villanova Theatre produces four shows each academic school year presenting a wide range of dramas, comedies, and musicals. Since 1995, the department has received 49 nominations and six Barrymore Awards.[9]


Lincoln Financial Group is headquartered in Radnor Township.[10] In 2007 the company moved 400 employees, including its top executives, to Radnor from Philadelphia.[11] Other companies based in Radnor Township include, J. G. Wentworth, TV Guide magazine and Airgas.

Top employers

According to Radnor Township's 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[12] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees Community
1 Villanova University 3,438 Villanova
2 Radnor Township School District 933 Wayne
3 Eastern University 841 St. Davids
4 Lincoln National 641 Radnor
5 VWR 448 Radnor
6 Janssen Biotech 403 Radnor
7 Penn Medicine Radnor 367 Radnor
8 Cabrini University 332 Radnor
9 Jefferson Health System 318 Radnor
10 J.G. Wentworth 279 Radnor


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Pupils in Radnor Township attend Radnor Township School District. Radnor High School and Radnor Middle School are the sole public high and middle schools of the district. There are three elementary schools in the RTSD: Radnor Elementary School, Ithan Elementary School, and Wayne Elementary School.

Private schools

Archbishop John Carroll High School, a Roman Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.Valley Forge Military Academy and College contains a boarding school program for seventh through twelfth grades. The Agnes Irwin School is an all-girls school for prekindergarten through twelfth grade. St. Katharine of Siena is a Catholic school in Wayne for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Hill Top Preparatory School is a school located in Ithan for students with learning disabilities in fifth through twelfth grade.

Colleges and universities

Villanova University, Eastern University, and Cabrini University are located within Radnor Township. Valley Forge Military Academy and College operates a two-year junior college.

Notable people

See also


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  2. "Fight Over An Old-Time Inn", New York Times, Dec. 20, 1903
  3. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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  6. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. St. David’s Church: Who We Are: History.
  8. "Item No.:78002394 NRIS (National Register Information System)". National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  9. http://www.villanovatheatre.org
  10. "Radnor township, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 20, 2009.
  11. Blumenthal, Jeff. "Lincoln sells Delaware Investments." Philadelphia Business Journal. Wednesday August 19, 2009. Modified Thursday August 20, 2009. Retrieved on August 24, 2009.
  12. Township of Radnor CAFR
  13. Appel, JM. Phoning Home, Butler University, 2014
  14. Author Focus, Insight for Writers, November 2014, P. 6
  15. 1 2 http://www.rtsd.org/Page/35
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