Delaware County is in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, adjacent to Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Chester County, and Delaware. It’s one of six Delaware counties in the U.S.
Known informally as “Delco,” it’s the fifth-most-populous county in Pennsylvania, and the third-smallest in area.
The county seat of Delaware County is the borough of Media (pop. 5,327).
The largest city in the county, located on the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Wilmington, is Chester (pop. 33,972). It reached its peak population of 66,039 in 1950. Incorporated in 1682, it’s the oldest city in the state.
Singer-actress Ethel Waters (1896-1977) was born in Chester, and Bill Haley and His Comets were founded there (in 1952).
The Chester Waterside Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company (1916) is a former coal-fired power station, now an office building.
The Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer actually play in Chester, at Talen Energy Stadium (2010).
Delaware County’s many colleges and universities include Villanova (10,000 students) in Radnor Township, Haverford (1,300 students) in Haverford, and Swarthmore (1,600 students) in Swarthmore.
Singer-songwriter Jim Croce (1943-1973) grew up in Upper Darby, and graduated from Villanova University in 1965.
The Tower Theater in Upper Darby (1927) was originally a movie theater; it’s been a popular venue for concerts since the 1970s.
The 2012 film “Silver Linings Playbook” was set in, and filmed in, Upper Darby and nearby communities.
Artist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) was born and died in Chadds Ford, and many of his paintings were set in the area.
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