Elmwood borders the city line with Delaware County at Cobbs Creek, and extends to the Schuylkill River. The Eastwick neighborhood borders it to the southwest, and Kingsessing borders it on the northeast.
Poles and Irish Americans had long been the majority in the neighborhood, organized around Catholic parishes established throughout the early to mid-20th century. Between 1990 and 2000, the white population decreased by 57.39% while the African American population increased by 55.40%. Vietnamese American refugees and West African immigrants have joined African Americans in making today’s Elmwood a more racially diverse neighborhood as the white population decreases.
The Route 36 trolley runs along Elmwood Avenue through the heart of the neighborhood. A storage facility that is also used as an alternate terminus is also located there.
Free Library of Philadelphia operates the Paschalville Branch, which serves Elmwood and other subdivisions, at 6942 Woodland Avenue. The system also operates the Eastwick Branch, which serves Elmwood Park and other subdivisions, at 2581 Island Avenue.
Read what some recent residents have to say about Elmwood here: https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/n/elmwood-philadelphia-pa
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