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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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Swarthmore is a suburb of Philadelphia with a population of 6,243. Swarthmore is in Delaware County and is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. Living in Swarthmore offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Swarthmore there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Swarthmore and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Swarthmore are highly rated.
About Swarthmore...
Population
6,243

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$387,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,099
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    26%
  • Own
    74%
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Swarthmore Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    128.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    96.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    672.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    16
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    26%
  • 25-34 years
    5%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    52%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    9%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Swarthmore

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$106,737
National
$55,322
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Swarthmore Reviews

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Swarthmore offers a surfeit of of opportunities for young families. You have access to some of the highest quality public education in the area, you are a 30 minute train ride into the city of Philadelphia, and are footsteps away from the breathtaking campus of Swarthmore College. There are very few restaurants and not many activities in terms of nightlife. However, a quick trip into the neighboring Media or the city, and this solves the problem. There are cute cafes and little shops to explore, along with many markets on weekends. There is definitely a lack of diversity and the houses aren't cheap, nor are the property taxes. However, the old houses are beautiful.
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I live about 1 minute away from Swarthmore, but I venture into the quiet college town quite frequently. The entire town is connected to the University, so a lot of people that you will see in town are college students. Everyone is relatively pleasant, and crime is seemingly nonexistent. The "town" consists of a three-block radius, with the Cooperative grocery store (or "Co-op") located in the middle of town. There isn't a whole lot of nightlife, but there is a SEPTA station with trains that run into Philadelphia hourly.
Swarthmore is the definition of a college town, with the uptown area there are a few opportunities for places to congregate with the favorite among all age groups being at Hobbs. Swat is a very liberal town with views that run deep throughout the town and the residents, generally speaking everyone is very politically aware and active in the community. Swarthmore could improve in being a more accepting community, while it is not well known for diversity, the life of high school students in Swarthmore is limited to those that have been born and raised in the area and makes the transition for the older children more difficult.