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Collingdale, Pennsylvania

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Borough of Collingdale
Collingdale Public Library
Collingdale Public Library
Location in Delaware County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Delaware County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Collingdale is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Collingdale in Pennsylvania
Collingdale is located in the United States
Collingdale (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°54′50″N 75°16′43″W / 39.91389°N 75.27861°W / 39.91389; -75.27861
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.87 sq mi (2.25 km2)
 • Land0.87 sq mi (2.25 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
95 ft (29 m)
 • Total8,786
 • Estimate 
 • Density10,116.23/sq mi (3,903.76/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)610
FIPS code42-15232

Collingdale is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,786, at the 2010 census, 502 above the 1940 count of 8,162.


Collingdale is located at 39°54′50″N 75°16′43″W / 39.91389°N 75.27861°W / 39.91389; -75.27861 (39.913889, -75.278647).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20188,772[2]−0.2%

As of Census 2010, the racial makeup of the borough was 55.9% White, 36.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 3.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population [1].

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 8,664 people, 3,188 households, and 2,183 families residing in the borough. The population density was 9,995.9 people per square mile (3,845.0/km²). There were 3,404 housing units at an average density of 3,927.3 per square mile (1,510.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 49.36% White, 51.274% African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.62% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

There were 3,188 households, out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 28.6% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $40,207, and the median income for a family was $47,288. Males had a median income of $38,015 versus $27,955 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,751. About 6.9% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.


Bartram Avenue SEPTA station
Bartram Avenue SEPTA station

U.S. Route 13 crosses the eastern corner of the borough. MacDade Boulevard (running approximately northeast-southwest), Clifton Avenue, and Woodlawn Avenue (both northwest-southeast) are the principal streets. The SEPTA Route 102 light rail line passes through the borough, with four stops in it. The Media/Elwyn commuter rail line passes nearby to the north; the closest stations are Clifton-Aldan and Primos.[8]


Frank Kelly served twelve consecutive four-year term as Mayor of Collingdale until his passing in November 2018. He has served over 47 consecutive years as Mayor of Collingdale. This is the longest consecutive Mayoral term in the history of Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

Mayor Kelly was succeeded by Joseph Ciavarelli as Mayor.

Southern rock group 38 Special used the Collingdale Police force in making the video for their song "Back Where You Belong". In the video the Collingdale Chief of Police Robert Morris began the video with an homage to the TV show "Hill Street Blues". After giving a short speech, he told the officers: "Let's be careful out there", a signature line from the TV show.[citation needed]. Part of the video was filmed in neighboring Philadelphia under the Walt Whitman Bridge.


A significant portion of Collingdale's area is made up of four cemeteries, three of which are active. Eden Cemetery is an African-American cemetery, where many notable persons are buried, including singer Marian Anderson, physician Rebecca Cole, and civil rights activist Octavius Catto. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.[9] Har Zion Cemetery and Mt. Lebanon Cemetery are Jewish cemeteries. The fourth, an American Civil War-era cemetery, has been maintained by a local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.[citation needed]

Felton Ave. is named after W. C. Fields's maternal grandfather, a native of the town when it was part of Darby Township.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Mar 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Pennsylvania" (PDF). 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Pennsylvania: Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-11-20. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  8. ^ Google Maps, Collingdale, PA; accessed 2014.04.09.
  9. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
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