Located 6 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the town of Lansdowne is home to many people who rent and commute because the location is so convenient and close to the big city. This small-town community offers something for everyone with outdoor movies, winter activities and arts events of all kinds. Each year, the town raises money for special Independence Day activities featuring a parade, fireworks and other community events. Eleven parks and recreation areas are located in and around the town, which offer great options for hiking, biking and exploring the outdoors.
The town was named for the estate of the Lord of Lansdowne. Originally a train stop in the early 20th century, the town expanded and grew over the years. Wealthy people living in Philadelphia once came to town to vacation and escape the heat of the city during Victorian times. Many of those vacation homes and hotels were turned into apartments. Today, the area offers a small-town feel close to the big city with attractive neighborhoods and tree-lined streets. You'll find a variety of apartment options for rent in Lansdowne.
Adults between the ages of 24 and 45 account for about half the population, making the town a popular place to settle down and raise a young family. Residents enjoy the town farmer's market, art festivals, community theater, special parades during the holidays and great bargains to be found at neighborhood yard sales often held throughout the year.
An active community network offers support for seniors, who can enjoy free hot lunch during the week and take part in a number of classes and activities.
The town has a symphony and a folk club that offer live musical performances throughout the year. In addition to sports activities for kids, many adults in Lansdowne enjoy participating in organized social sports. Recreational leagues offer opportunities to participate in co-ed sports such as kickball, wiffleball, dodgeball and similar sports.
This tiny town covers just over a single square mile and continues to attract those looking to enjoy the peace and tranquility that can only be found in a small town. Many love the friendly, close-knit sense of community. Residents appreciate the quiet neighborhoods, lower rent and lower crime while still being able to get to Philadelphia quickly to enjoy shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Two train stations in town allow for a quick trip into the city or for travel along the East Coast. Both stations offer parking lots as well as bike racks.
The town's reputation for affordability attracts plenty of college students. Delaware County Community College is located nearby in Darby, but other top colleges also make Lansdowne a great place for college students to live. Three private Catholic colleges, La Salle University, St. Joseph's College and Villanova, are all located within 10 miles of town. Two public colleges, Temple University and Pennsylvania College, are also located nearby.
Lansdowne offers the opportunity for a shorter commute to people working in Philadelphia. Within town, the top job opportunities are in the fields of transportation, health care and telecommunications. In the region, top employers include Jefferson Health System, Temple University, Comcast and UPS.