Havertown (aka "H-Town," population roughly 35,000) is a residential suburban community in Haverford Township, Pennsylvania, located approximately 7 miles from the center of Philadelphia, and is part of Delaware County. Havertown's ZIP Code is 19083. Havertown is most notable for being the birthplace of Swell Bubble Gum, which closed its doors in late 2004. Also, Havertown is one of the few towns that has a Superfund site caused by a timber mill that finished telephone poles; the chemical that was used to coat the telephone poles leaked into the ground and water supply. Havertown is home to many small stores.
Havertown is also known for its large Irish American population. Many Irish-Americans still live there today leading to some calling Havertown "The 33rd County" in reference to the 32 counties of Ireland. In fact according the 1990 census Havertown had the highest percentage of Irish surnames in the country. The neighborhood takes pride in it's distinct Irish heritage and is home to many Irish bars and shops. For these reasons this Irish-American neighborhood remains a very popular destination for Irish Immigrants.
Havertown is served by the School District of Haverford Township, which has one high school, one middle school, and five elementary schools.
Havertown received some national and international publicity during the Summer of 2004, as native son Brendan Hansen competed in the Athens Summer Olympics. The 24-year-old won individual Silver and Bronze medals, along with a relay Gold.
Other notable Havertown natives include Mike Tollin, Hollywood motion picture producer and director, and Ryan Mulhern, who briefly skated with the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals. Also included is Jean Shiley-Newhouse, an Olympian.
Havertown is also the town where a small part of the movie The Sixth Sense was filmed.
Web Sites and Links
My Havertown.comThe online resource for news, shopping, and entertainment for Havertown, and Haverford township, Pennsylvania.