is a borough in Delaware County
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, United States
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. The population was 5,468 at the 2000 census.
Sharon Hill is located at 39°54′23"N 75°16′16"W (39.906340, -75.271008).
According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 5,468 people, 2,091 households, and 1,390 families residing in the borough. The population density
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was 7,191.7 people per square mile (2,777.9/km²). There were 2,246 housing units at an average density of 2,954.0 per square mile (1,141.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 71.07% White, 24.80% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.52% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races
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, and 1.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.
There were 2,091 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples
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living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the borough the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $42,436, and the median income for a family was $48,146. Males had a median income of $37,500 versus $29,049 for females. The per capita income
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for the borough was $18,503. About 10.6% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.8% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.
Sharon Hill is connected to Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, by the 102 trolley at its Sharon Hill terminus
Sharon Hill is the terminus of SEPTA Route 102 Sharon Hill trolley in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. At this station, the single track ends where it meets Chester Pike. Trolleys arriving at this station originate from 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The station has a shed with a roof...
. It also has a train station
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on the Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line.
Chester Pike (US-13) runs through the borough providing easy access into and through Sharon Hill.
Public school students attend the following: high school students attend Academy Park High School
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elementary and middle school students attend Sharon Hill School.
Until 2003, Catholic school students attended Holy Spirit School. This school has since closed due to lack of enrollment. Another catholic school, Holy Child Academy, closed in 1973.
Cardinal John Patrick Foley
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grew up in Holy Spirit Parish in Sharon Hill and was ordained a priest in 1962. In June 2007, he was named Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to that appointment, Foley was President Emeritus of Pontifical Council for Social Communications and Titular Archbishop of Neapolis in Proconsulari. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals on November 24, 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Bessie Smith was an American blues singer.Sometimes referred to as The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s...
, legendary blues singer from the 1920s and 1930s, is buried at Mount Lawn Cemetery, located in Sharon Hill.
Also buried there on March 20, 1970, is 1960s Motown Soul/R&B singer Tammi Terrell
Thomasina Winifred Montgomery, known as Tammi Terrell was an American singer-songwriter most notable for her association with Motown and her duets with Marvin Gaye. As a teenager she recorded for the Scepter–Wand, Try Me and Checker record labels. She signed with Motown in April 1965 and enjoyed...