Swarthmore is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. Swarthmore was originally named Westdale in honor of noted painter Benjamin West, who was one of the early residents of the town. The name was changed to Swarthmore after the establishment of Swarthmore College. "Swarthmore" can be pronounced with the first "r" either vocalized or dropped due to differences in rhotic and non-rhotic accents. The borough population is 6,194 as of the 2010 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all of it land.
Swarthmore Station, a SEPTA Regional Rail train station on the Media/Elwyn Line, sits between the college and the town's center. SEPTA Route 109 bus connecting Chester, Pennsylvania with Upper Darby, PA stops along Chester Road.
Swarthmore lies within the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. According to Pennsylvania state policy, Swarthmore is considered too small a town to have its own secondary schools. Hence, in 1984 Swarthmore High School merged with adjacent Nether Providence High School to form Strath Haven High School.
Nether Providence Elementary School
Swarthmore-Rutledge Elementary School
Wallingford Elementary School
Strath Haven Middle School
Strath Haven High School
Ancona Montessori School
George Crothers Memorial School