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Overview of Upper Darby

The township of Upper Darby is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, roughly eight miles west of the center of Philadelphia. The town sits in Delaware County, bordering West Philadelphia, and it is considered part of the Philadelphia-Camden metropolitan area. Upper Darby apartments for rent offer attractive options to join nearly 82,000 residents living across approximately 8 square miles of land.

Blue Route, West Chester Pike, and North State Road all provide easy access to nearby areas, and Philadelphia International Airport is less than 16 miles south by car.

Living in Upper Darby, PA

In 1653, settlers from Sweden first arrived to the area where Upper Darby is today. The Swedes are known for introducing the concept of log cabins to the township, and Upper Darby is still home to The Swedish Cabin, which is believed to have been built in 1654. Upper Darby Township was officially split from Darby in August 1736 and was incorporated in 1907. Throughout the 20th century, Upper Darby saw a massive explosion in population and today is one of the most populated municipalities in Pennsylvania.

Residents enjoy being part of one of the major transportation hubs for Philadelphia and its western suburbs, due in large part to the construction of the 69th Street Terminal. According to the Delaware County website, Upper Darby Township is classified as a First Class Township, operating under the Pennsylvania Home Rule Charter.

Upper Darby Attractions and Special Events

Residents living in Upper Darby rentals have seemingly endless options for things to do. A popular area attraction is the American Swedish Historical Museum, which showcases many artifacts and memorabilia focusing on the Swedish and Swedish-American history and culture. 

For recreation, residents can head to the Bellevue State Park, which features an equestrian facility, numerous nature trails, picnic areas, and a fitness track. Fort Washington State Park also offers residents facilities for camping and scenic natural landscapes for fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Other nearby popular attractions include the Philadelphia Zoo, Longwood Gardens, Sesame Place, and The Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation.

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