Lower Merion Township

Learn about Lower Merion Township

Take a drive along Lancaster Avenue beginning at City Line Avenue all the way to Conshohocken. One sees the vitality of retail and commercial spaces, great restaurants, fitness centers, professional offices. Lancaster Avenue and Montgomery Avenue are both arteries within the residential communities that enrich life in Lower Merion Township: Gladwyne, Haverford, Merion, Penn Valley, Belmont Hills, Bala Cynwyd, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, Rosemont, Villanova, Wynnewood. From the small 1682 settlement by Welsh Quakers established on a land grant from William Penn, the 21st century township has become the largest in size—24 square miles—in all of Montgomery County. Part of the Main Line (named after the Main Line of Public Works of the State of Pennsylvania that connected Philadelphia to the Susquehanna River area in the 19th century), Lower Merion can boast of some of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful homes and estates. Gladwyne’s zip code is the 6th wealthiest zip code in the country! Much of the township’s popularity is due to easy access by SEPTA commuter train to Center City Philadelphia. Its business districts are thriving. Its citizens participate with 20 business and civic associations. Its parks and recreational sites are numerous and include gorgeous Appleford Estate, Ashbridge Memorial Park and the Sharpe Bird Sanctuary. The Cynwyd Heritage Trail was just newly opened within the last couple of years and connects hikers and cyclists directly with Philadelphia’s hip Manayunk scene. Lower Merion supports two major hospital systems: Lankenau and Bryn Mawr Hospitals.

Population: 59,089 in 2017
Public Transportation: SEPTA’s commuter rail line and bus transportation
Schools: Award-winning Lower Merion Township School System, several distinguished private schools, colleges including Haverford College, Rosemont College, Bryn Mawr College, Harcum and St. Joseph University
Distance from Center City Philadelphia: Approximately 12.5 miles
Distance from King of Prussia: Approximately 9 miles.

The tiny borough of Narberth is surrounded by Lower Merion. The best of both worlds: small town feel in the middle of larger suburban Philadelphia region. Friendly and tranquil, it has a compact commercial district surrounded by a variety of housing and boasting a great walk score! People often say Narberth is “hiding in plain sight!”

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