A Brief History of Lower Merion
Lower Merion Township was first settled in 1682 by Welsh Quakers who were granted a tract of land by William Penn. In 1713, Lower Merion was established as an independent Township with about 52 landholders and tenants. In 1900, the Township was incorporated as a Township of the First Class. The Township is committed to preserving the beauty and character of Lower Merion's natural and man-made resources. Lower Merion boasts a comprehensive array of playgrounds, swimming pools, picnic areas, and nature parks on over 25 facilities which encompass more than 665 acres. Playgrounds are equipped with facilities for tennis, baseball, softball, soccer and basketball. The Township also offers supervised recreation programs during the summer and winter months. Lower Merion is community characterized by a deep sense of civic pride and involvement. Over 18 business and civic associations provide an opportunity for residents to participate in their community. In addition, the Township maintains a "Community Resources Leadership Bank" of citizens interested in serving on one of the many appointed Township Boards or Commissions. Located in the heart of the "Main Line," the Township is a first ring suburban community bordering the City of Philadelphia. The community is served by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) as well as Amtrak passenger service. The nearest major airport, Philadelphia International, is about 30 minutes by car, and can be accessed by SEPTA. Lower Merion is the largest of the 62 municipalities located within Montgomery County.
According to the 2000 census, the Township population is 58,740, with 23,868 households located within its 23.64 square miles. The Township has a median housing value of $341,100 and a median family income of $86,373, the highest in the County. Excellent educational opportunities, two respected hospitals, convenient shopping and dining establishments and a plenitude of open space all within its borders, make Lower Merion Township one of the most desirable communities in which to live and work.
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