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Malvern, Pennsylvania

Malvern is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is twenty-five miles (40 km) west of Philadelphia. The population was 2,998 at the 2010 census. The town is bordered by Paoli Pike on the south, Sugartown Road on the west, the Willistown Township on the east, and the East Whiteland Township on the north. It is south of US 30 and easily accessible to Route 202. The main road through the Borough is King Street, intersected by Warren Avenue. The Malvern ZIP code covers the Malvern Borough, and all or parts of East Whiteland, Charlestown, Willistown, East Goshen, East Pikeland, and Tredyffrin Townships. Malvern Borough is between Paoli on the east, and Immaculata University and Exton on the west. It is also a train stop on the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Line.

Borough of Malvern
King Street east
King Street east
Location in Chester County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Chester County and the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
Malvern is located in Pennsylvania
Malvern
Malvern
Location of Malvern in Pennsylvania
Malvern is located in the US
Malvern
Malvern
Malvern (the US)
Coordinates: 40°02′04″N 75°30′52″W / 40.03444°N 75.51444°W / 40.03444; -75.51444Coordinates: 40°02′04″N 75°30′52″W / 40.03444°N 75.51444°W / 40.03444; -75.51444
Country United States of America
State Pennsylvania
CountyChester
Incorporated1889
Government
 • MayorDavid B. Burton
Area
 • Total1.27 sq mi (3.28 km2)
 • Land1.26 sq mi (3.26 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
551 ft (168 m)
Population
 • Total2,998
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
3,410
 • Density2,706.35/sq mi (1,044.57/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
19355
Area code(s)610 and 484
FIPS code42-46792
Websitehttp://www.malvern.org

Contents

GeographyEdit

 
Downtown area

Malvern is located at 40°2′4″N 75°30′52″W / 40.03444°N 75.51444°W / 40.03444; -75.51444 (40.034557, -75.514396).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.

HistoryEdit

The area was originally settled by Welsh immigrants in the 17th century who bought land from William Penn.[4] Malvern is the site of the Paoli Massacre, which occurred September 20, 1777, during the American Revolutionary War under the command of General Anthony Wayne of nearby Easttown. In 1835, the East Whiteland Baptist Church moved to what is now its church and cemetery property, bounded by Channing, South Warren, and East First Avenues, and Roberts Lane. Changing its name to the Willistown Baptist Church, this institution then became the First Baptist Church of Malvern in 1900.

The church, trains, and a few businesses were the nucleus of this village, which was known for a long period as West Chester Intersection due to its position at the junction of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad and the West Chester Railroad.[5] In 1873, the town’s name was changed to Malvern when the Philadelphia and Columbia's successor, the Pennsylvania Railroad, straightened its tracks through the village. In 1879, the Malvern Friends Meeting was built at the northwest corner of Woodland Avenue and Roberts Lane, followed by the arrival of the Presbyterians and the Methodists prior to 1900.[6] The village's status as a railroad junction came to an end in March 1880 when the West Chester Railroad's northern terminal was moved west to Frazer, Pennsylvania.[7] Malvern Borough has a mix of residential styles and neighborhoods, retail and industrial businesses, dedicated open land, and numerous civic, cultural, and religious organizations.[6]

Malvern was incorporated August 13, 1889, having separated from the northern portion of Willistown Township. On April 22, 2008, the Borough converted to a Home Rule form of government.[8]

In addition to the Paoli Battlefield Site and Parade Grounds, the Wharton Esherick Studio was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993.[9]

NameEdit

 
The eastern part of Malvern

No official origin to the naming of the Borough of Malvern remains, although several theories abound. The most common suggestions are Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, Great Britain and Malvern Hill in Virginia. As the Malvern in Pennsylvania is itself raised above the surrounding communities, it is possible either location in Britain or Virginia could have been the influence, but the truth is lost to history. Given that the original settlers were Welsh, Malvern is more likely named after the British location.

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1890641
190097552.1%
19101,12515.4%
19201,28614.3%
19301,55120.6%
19401,6808.3%
19501,7645.0%
19602,26828.6%
19702,58313.9%
19802,99916.1%
19902,944−1.8%
20003,0593.9%
20102,998−2.0%
Est. 20163,410[2]13.7%
Sources:[10][11][12]

At the time of the 2010 census, the borough was 87.8% non-Hispanic White, 2.9% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 4.2% Asian, and 1.9% were two or more races. 3.7% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [1].

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 3,059 people, 1,361 households, and 793 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,444.6 people per square mile (944.9/km²). There were 1,419 housing units at an average density of 1,134.0 per square mile (438.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.11% White, 3.82% African American, 0.20% Native American, 3.24% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.54% of the population.

There were 1,361 households, out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 20.1% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $62,308, and the median income for a family was $79,145. Males had a median income of $45,281 versus $39,129 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,477. About 0.9% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.

EconomyEdit

 
Old Malvern firehouse

The Malvern Business and Professional Association promotes Malvern commerce and the unique character of the town.[13]Siemens Healthcare, Ricoh Americas Corporation (formerly IKON Office Solutions), The Vanguard Group, Liberty Property Trust, The Center for Professional Innovation & Education Corporation (a global training provider), Cerner, Vishay Intertechnology, CertainTeed, and AmericanMuscle are among the companies based in Malvern. [14]

Fisher Feed and Amerigas were two former employers located on East King Street in the Planning Area #10 of the Malvern Borough Comprehensive Plan.[15] This plan amends a zoning ordinance to provide for redeveloping the land once used by the two former employers. The Malvern Patch, a local newspaper, stated that Kimberton Whole Foods will be opening its fifth location in the East King Street area.[16] The projected occupancy date for the East King Street area is late summer 2013 according to the developer.[17] This development is unrelated to the mixed-use development in an area called "Uptown Worthington" which is actually part of East Whiteland.[18]

Points of interestEdit

 
Administrative, police, and library building in Malvern, named McGuigan Hall

Within the boroughEdit

  • Battle of Paoli, fought in Malvern, and is on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Samuel & M. Elizabeth Burke Park, Theodore S.A. Rubino Memorial Park, and The Horace J. Quann Memorial Park[19]
  • Annual Memorial Day Parade, first held in 1869, tying Malvern's Parade with few others for the oldest Memorial Day parade[20]
  • Victorian Christmas, the first Friday evening and Saturday of December

In the Malvern ZIP codeEdit

EducationEdit

The Great Valley School District serves as the public education for the borough.[21]

The Borough contains two private schools: Malvern Preparatory School, for 6–12th grades, and the Willistown Country Day School (Montessori),[22] for K–6th The Borough is also home to a Catholic elementary school for grades K–8, colloquially called St. Patrick's.[23] The St. Patrick School spent the early part of 2012 embattled with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia over a proposed merger with the St. Monica School[24] of nearby Berwyn, winning their case in March of that year.[25]

Villa Maria Academy (Malvern, Pennsylvania) is a private, all girls Catholic college preparatory high school (grades 9 to 12) accredited by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.[26] Villa Maria Academy is located less than a mile to the east of the border of Malvern Borough, in Willistown Township. [27]

Two institutions for higher education include Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies and Immaculata University, both within the Malvern ZIP code.

InfrastructureEdit

RoadsEdit

Malvern is generally served by U.S. Route 202 connecting it to King of Prussia and Philadelphia to the east and Exton and Lancaster to the west. Pennsylvania Route 29 connects it to the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the north.

TransitEdit

Malvern is served by train via the Malvern station connecting it to Center City Philadelphia via SEPTA Regional Rail's Paoli/Thorndale Line. OurBus provides intercity bus service from Malvern to Park Avenue in the Manhattan section in New York City as part of a route running from West Chester to New York City. The bus stop in Malvern is located at a park and ride lot on Matthews Road. The route started on December 21, 2017.[28][29]

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "History of Tredyffrin Township". Tredyffrin Township website. Archived from the original on 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  5. ^ Moore, Paul (Spring 2002). "The West Chester Railroad Company". The High Line. Philadelphia Chapter, Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society. 18 (1): 6.
  6. ^ a b A Century in Malvern, Malvern Historical Commission, 1989
  7. ^ Moore, p. 23.
  8. ^ "Malvern Borough Home Rule Charter". Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  9. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  11. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Malvern Business and Professional Association". Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  14. ^ Hertzler, Lauren. "Cerner expected to buy Siemens' Malvern buildings, gain health IT workers", Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia, 07 August 2014. Retrieved on 11 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Borough of Malvern: East King Street Redevelopment".
  16. ^ "Kimberton Whole Foods Coming To East King".
  17. ^ "What Businesses Are Coming to King Street?".
  18. ^ "Uptown Worthington: A List of What's Coming".
  19. ^ "Malvern Parks & Recreation". Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  20. ^ "Malvern Memorial Day Parade history". Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  21. ^ "Information about Great Valley School District". Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  22. ^ "Willistown Country Day School Montessory". Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  23. ^ "St. Patrick School". Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  24. ^ "St. Monica School". Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  25. ^ "St. Patrick Wins Appeal". Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  26. ^ "Villa Maria Academy High School website". Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  27. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/Malvern,+PA+19355/@40.032752,-75.5238953,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c6ed451790a5
  28. ^ "Book an Intercity (Prime) Ticket". OurBus. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  29. ^ Rettew Jr., Bill (December 16, 2017). "Company plans bus service from West Chester to New York City". Daily Local News. West Chester, PA. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  30. ^ HEVESI, Dennis (April 3, 2012). "Bill Jenkins, 81, Drag Racing Driver and Innovator, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
  31. ^ Phttp://www.gutenberg.org/files/12096/12096-h/12096-h.htm

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