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Glenside is a census-designated place (CDP) bordering Northwest Philadelphia in Abington, and Cheltenham townships, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,384 at the 2010 census on a land area of only 1.3 square miles. The Glenside station is one of the busiest in the SEPTA system. Glenside is located about 6 miles from Center City Philadelphia.
Glenside is bordered to the South by the West Oak Lane and Cedarbrook neighborhoods of Philadelphia, the East and West by the Cheltenham neighborhoods of Edge Hill, Laverock, and Wyncote, and to the North by the Abington neighborhoods of Ardsley and Abington.
Glenside is located at 40°6′11″N 75°9′8″W (40.102960, −75.152264).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.
Glenside is split into two townships: Abington Township, and Cheltenham Township, with the latter being where the majority of Glenside is located, including the United States Post Office, Glenside Library, and Glenside Memorial Hall.
The altitude ranges from 232 feet near Glenside Memorial Hall to 405 feet on Sunset and Lindley Roads. The majority of Glenside is around 300 feet in elevation; it is 238 feet at the intersection of Waverly and Easton roads, the center of Glenside.
As of the 2010 census, the CDP was 85.4% White, 7.2% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 1.0% were Some Other Race, and 1.7% were two or more races. 2.9% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,914 people, 3,103 households, and 2,013 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,217.4 people per square mile (2,406.0/km2). There were 3,181 housing units at an average density of 2,499.1/sq mi (967.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.97% White, 6.66% African American, 0.10% Native American, 3.02% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.
There were 3,103 households, out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $58,868, and the median income for a family was $74,025. Males had a median income of $48,378 versus $35,629 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,393. About 1.6% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
Glenside is located at about a 30-minute drive to downtown Philadelphia, 2 hours to New York City, 2 hours to the Pocono Mountains, and 1.5 hours to the Jersey shore. Glenside has easy access to many major US highways, such as US Route 1, Interstate 95, Interstate 76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and US Route 30.
Glenside is served by SEPTA regional rail at the Glenside Train Station. The station, which was originally called Abington, has its roots back with the North Pennsylvania Railroad and the Reading Railroad. Trains north split at Carmel Interlocking, just north of the station, and either go to Lansdale/Doylestown Line or the Warminster Line. Trains going south go to Philadelphia, which is about a 25-minute ride to Jefferson Station and 35 minutes to 30th Street Station. Express trains make it to Jefferson in as little as 20 minutes. With two lines serving the station, the frequent train service makes Glenside an attractive place to live. Glenside is also served by SEPTA buses, in particular, routes 77 and 22.
Glenside is accessible to Amtrak, which provides train service to most major cities in the Northeast. Glenside is a 30-minute SEPTA ride or 30-minute drive to Amtrak's 30th Street Station, the 3rd busiest station in the Amtrak system, in Center City Philadelphia.
Glenside also has several major local roads, such as:
Pennsylvania Route 73 provides a connection with western Montgomery County and New Jersey. In Glenside, it is known as Church Road.
Pennsylvania Route 309 also known as the "Fort Washington Expressway" or just "309," is a 2-lane highway providing a direct access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The southern terminus of 309 is about 1 mile from downtown Glenside.
Pennsylvania Route 152 also known as "Limekiln Pike," begins in Glenside, where it intersects with 309. It then proceeds to intersect with 73, and eventually continues north into Bucks County
Glenside is located in close proximity to several national roads:
Glenside has a typical Northeast climate. Summers are hot, with highs averaging 84–89 °F (29–32 °C). The middle of summer sees several days breaking 90 °F (32 °C), with only one or two days rising above 100 °F (38 °C). Summer nights can be erratic, ranging from 67 to 72 °F (19 to 22 °C). Spring and Fall are pleasant, with the highs usually hovering around 60 °F (16 °C), and lows of 47–49 °F (8–9 °C). Winters are cold, with highs averaging 33 to 37 °F (1 to 3 °C) and lows of 17 to 19 °F (−8 to −7 °C). Numerous days in the winter remain below the freezing mark, with lows of 13 to 17 °F (−11 to −8 °C). In addition, several days in late December and early January, high temperatures are 13 to 19 °F (−11 to −7 °C) and lows can plummet to 1 to 9 °F (−17 to −13 °C). The following is a chart of the average temperatures in Glenside.
Since Glenside is located in Cheltenham, and Abington Townships, not all Glenside residents go to schools within the same district. A Glenside resident will follow one of these paths, depending on which township they live in.
Glenside is home to Arcadia University, a private co-educational four-year liberal arts university. Arcadia is well known for its Study Abroad programs, which two-thirds of their students participate in. The University offers majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Sciences, School of Education, and School of Global Business. The campus is set on National Historic Landmark Grey Towers Castle, which was built in 1893.
Glenside is also home to Westminster Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian and Reformed Christian graduate institution. There is a satellite campus in London. Catholic education in Glenside is supported by Saint Joseph the Protector School on Fairhill Ave. Students from this school often attend the local Catholic high school, Bishop McDevitt.
Glenside is served by two newspapers: Times Chronicle and Glenside News, both papers a division of Montgomery News.
The following is a list of radio stations that can be heard in the Glenside area.
The annual Independence Day parade held in Glenside every July 4 is reported to be the largest such parade in the greater Philadelphia area. The parade began in 1904 and is now sponsored by the Greater Glenside Patriotic Association. It is a very traditional parade, including all the area volunteer fire companies, a variety of bands and other musical performers, church groups and community organizations, and local and state elected officials (Former-Governor Ed Rendell has been a frequent participant). One unique and much-anticipated show is the Schuylkill County Motorcycle Drill Team. It is one of the nation's longest consecutive Fourth of July parades.
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