Media, also known popularly as “Everybody’s Hometown” is located in Delaware County in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. Pennsylvania is located 12 miles west of Philadelphia. Media was incorporated in 1850 at the same time that it was named the county seat. In June 2006, it became the first fair trade town in America. The area of Media remained predominantly rural until the twentieth century and is suburban today. The Delaware County Institute of Science was founded in Media in 1833. Visitors to Media, Pennsylvania comment on our friendly atmosphere. Media is a place where it is customary to say "hello" as we pass each other on the sidewalk. Every visitor is welcome and new residents are accepted when they plant their roots here. Media was recently voted one of the Best Places to Raise Kids: The 15 Most Family-Friendly Philly Suburbs
Land in area was sold and settled soon after William Penn was named proprietor of the colony of Pennsylvania in 1681 by King Charles II of England. Peter and William Taylor bought the land where Media is now located, directly from Penn. Thomas Minshall, a Quaker, was an early Media resident, settling just outside the small village then known as Providence, along the Providence Great Road. The village then included a tailor shop, blacksmith shop, wheelwright shop, barn and other buildings. Streets were plotted in a rectangular grid around the location of the new courthouse, lots were sold at public auctions, and the construction of houses began. Sources agree that Minshall Painter, a descendant of Thomas Minshall, suggested the name "Media," but do not agree on the reason. The name may come from the city’s central location in Delaware County, or from the biblical area of Medea.
Geography and Demography:
The geographic term "Media" is often used in a sense that includes not only the borough of Media, but other contiguous areas that are part of other municipalities but that share the ZIP code. These include the entire Upper Providence Township, and in Nether Providence Township, the neighborhoods of South Media, Bowling Green, Pine Ridge, most of Middletown Township including the entire Elwyn, Bortondale, Riddlewood, Lima, Glen Riddle, and Lenni neighborhoods. Media, Pennsylvania is located at 39°55'8 N 75°23'17 W (39.918761,-75.388127). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), of which 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) is land and 1.33% is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 5,533 people, 2,782 households, and 1,112 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,399.0 people per square mile (2,848.4/km²).
Media Pennsylvania’s school district is the Rose Tree Media School District with Penncrest High School and Springton Lake Middle School. The Delaware County Institute of Science was founded in Media in 1833, while the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, a two-year technical college, Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades a three-year technical college, and Delaware County Community College, a two-year liberal arts college, are located nearby.
Media Pennsylvania is home to many churches, including Cambell A.M.E, Christ Church (Episcopalian), First Baptist, First United Methodist, Media Presbyterian, Nativity B.V.M. (Roman Catholic), St. George (Greek Orthodox), the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County and two Quaker meetinghouses, Media Friends Meeting and Providence Friends Meeting.