|Borough of Malvern|
Malvern Train Station
|Elevation||551 ft (167.9 m)|
|Area||1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)|
|- land||1.2 sq mi (3 km2)|
|- water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%|
|Density||2,498.3 / sq mi (964.6 / km2)|
|Mayor||Gerard J. McGlone, Jr.|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Location of Malvern in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Malvern is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,998 at the 2010 census. The main road through the borough is King Street, although the borough is also bordered by Paoli Pike on the south, and is near US 30 on the north. The primary cross street is Warren Avenue. The areas north and west of the borough along US 30 are simultaneously known as Malvern and Frazer, and the Frazer post office shares the Malvern zip code. East of Malvern is the village of Paoli. Malvern also contains a train stop on the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Line.
Malvern is located at 40°2′4″N 75°30′52″W (40.034557, -75.514396). The closest major urban center to Malvern is Philadelphia.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.
Malvern is the site of the Paoli Massacre during the American Revolutionary War.
Named after the Malvern Hills, close to the Welsh border in England, Malvern was originally settled by Welsh immigrants in the 17th century. William Penn sold them the land for 10 cents an acre, along with the rest of the land on the Welsh tract.
Five workers were murdered here by local vigilantes in 1832. They had been part of a group of 57 Irish immigrants who were building a spur of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad known as Duffy’s Cut. The remainder of the workers perished during the second cholera pandemic, some due to neglect.
Malvern was incorporated as a borough in 1889, from portions of Willistown Township. On April 22, 2008, the borough converted to a Home Rule form of governance.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,059 people, 1,361 households, and 793 families residing in the borough. The population densitywas 2,444.6 people per square mile (944.9/km²). There were 1,419 housing units at an average density of 1,134.0 per square mile (438.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.11% White, 3.82% African American, 0.20% Native American, 3.24% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.54% of the population.
There were 1,361 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the borough the population was spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $62,308, and the median income for a family was $79,145. Males had a median income of $45,281 versus $39,129 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,477. About 0.9% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.
The Vanguard Group, IKON Office Solutions, Liberty Property Trust and Vishay Intertechnology are among the companies based in Malvern.
Points of interest
Administrative, police, and library building in Malvern
- Swiss Pines, an arboretum and Japanese garden
- Duffy’s Cut, a stretch of railroad line
- Battle of Paoli, fought around Malvern
- Immaculata University, in East Whiteland Township
- Great Valley Corporate Center, business park
- Jim Croce is buried in Haym Salomon Cemetery
The Great Valley School District serves as the public education for the borough.
The borough contains one private school (6-12 grade): Malvern Preparatory School. It is also home to a Catholic elementary school, St. Patrick’s.
In 1899, Japanese polymath Nitobe Inazō wrote Bushido: The Soul of Japan in Malvern, a seminal work in English on the subject.
American singer-songwriter Jim Croce, a Philadelphia native, attended Malvern Preparatory School for one year and is buried in Malvern at Haym Salomon Cemetery, at 200 Moores Road. Drag racer ”Grumpy” Bill Jenkins had a repair shop in Malvern.
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