Bryn Mawr (Pennsylvania)

Montgomery County


Bryn Mawr ( [ bɾɪn maueɾ ], from Welsh for " big hill " ) is a census -designated place (CDP ) in Montgomery County, west of Philadelphia to Lancaster Avenue ( U.S. 30) and the border with Delaware County in the U.S. Pennsylvania. Bryn Mawr is located in the center of the so-called mainline, a group of picturesque and affluent Philadelphia suburbs, extending from the city limits of Philadelphia to Malvern. According to the census of 2010, the town had 3779 inhabitants. Bryn Mawr is known for Bryn Mawr College.


Bryn Mawr in Welsh means big hill. The name goes back to an estate near Dolgellau in North Wales, on which there was the farm of the Quaker Rowland Ellis, who was religiously followed in 1686 and emigrated to Pennsylvania.

Originally the town was named Humphreysville. 1869, the city was renamed from the railroad agent William H. Wilson, after he had acquired the 1.15 km2 city for the Pennsylvania Railroad.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a land area of ​​1.6 km2. However, Bryn Mawrs postal code ( 19010 ) covers a larger area, and hence the geographical name Bryn Mawr is more commonly used.

Demographic data

According to the census in 2000 lived 4382 people in 1404 households and 525 families residing in Bryn Mawr. The population density was 2728.9 per km2. The village consisted of 1 481 housing units at an average density of 922.3 per km2.

In the 1404 households lived in 13.5 % of cases, children under the age of 18, 26.8 % were married couples, 8.9 % had a female householder with no husband, and 62.6 % were non-families. 41.1% were one-person households, in 13.7% of cases, these persons was 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size is 2.79 people.

Approximately 8.4% of the population was younger than 18 years, 48.1% were 18-24 years old, 21.0% 25-44 years old, 12.1% were 45-64 years old and 10.5 % were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 22 years. For every 100 females 46.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, 42.4 males.

Well-known residents

  • Eric George Adelsberger, experimental nuclear physics and gravitational physics
  • John Bogle, founder and former CEO of The Vanguard Group
  • Fran Crippen, swimmer
  • Kat Dennings, Actress
  • Drew Gilpin Faust, historian of the American Civil War and the first female president of Harvard University, graduated from Bryn Mawr College
  • Hanna Holborn Gray, historian of German history and the first female president of the University of Chicago, graduated from Bryn Mawr College
  • Edith Hamilton, Classicist, graduated and taught at Bryn Mawr College
  • Katharine Hepburn, actress and four -time Oscar winner, graduated from Bryn Mawr College
  • Elizabeth Hoffman, economist
  • Jayne Mansfield, actress
  • Jacqueline Mars, heiress of Mars Incorporated
  • Agnes Nixon, creator of All My Children and One Life to Live
  • Emmy Noether, mathematician
  • Teddy Pendergrass, singer
  • Richard Swett, Congressman
  • Emlen Tunnell, NFL player for the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, a member of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame
  • Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, taught political science at Bryn Mawr College, before he went to Princeton University and later governor of New Jersey was
  • Warren Zevon, musicians