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Narberth is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,233 at the 2000 census.
History

Narberth was incorporated in 1895. In 1995, the borough celebrated its 100th birthday with a year-long celebration.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 km� (0.5 mi�), all land.

Narberth is an enclave surrounded by Lower Merion Township, close to the western edge of the city of Philadelphia. It is considered part of the “Main Line,” a string of generally wealthy suburbs extending west from Philadelphia along the old Pennsylvania Railroad “main line,” from Merion through Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Devon and Wayne, among other towns and municipalities. Narberth is unique among those locations in that it is fairly enclosed; no major thoroughfares run through the town, but Montgomery Avenue runs northwest/southeast along the borough’s northern border.

Because of its small size, Narbeth is known as a walking town, with many of its shopping and recreational facilities within a small distance from its residents’ houses and SEPTA railway tracks separating the North Side from the South Side of town. Narbeth is mostly a residential community, with a central business district along Haverford, Narberth, Forest and Essex Avenues.

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 4,233 people, 1,904 households, and 1,037 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,335.4/km� (8,571.7/mi�). There were 1,981 housing units at an average density of 1,561.0/km� (4,011.5/mi�). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.23% White, 1.18% African American, 0.12% Native American, 2.27% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 1,904 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.5% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $60,408, and the median income for a family was $79,545. Males had a median income of $59,076 versus $41,518 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,165. About 2.6% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation

The Borough of Narbeth maintains two recreational facilities: The Narbeth Playground and the Sabine Avenue Tot Lot. The Narbeth Playground has two basketball courts, three tennis courts, a field area, a volleyball court, and a playground for younger children. The Sabine Avenue Tot Lot, on the grounds of the former Narbeth Elementary School, is the smaller of the two and was recently renovated with new playground equipment. In addition, the borough sponsors a Fall soccer program, a Spring baseball program, and a Summer basketball program.

Politics and government

Narberth has a city manager form of government with a mayor and a seven-member borough council. The mayor is Tom Grady, a Democrat. The members of borough council, all of whom are Democrats, are Mary Jo Pauxtis (president), Nancy Lotz (vice president), Heidi Boise, Andy Haakenson, Matthew Pettigrew, Michael (Sam) Quinn, and Bob Wegbreit. The Borough Manager is Bill Martin.

The president of the Civic Association is Christopher Finley. The Civic Association’s web site is http://www.narberthpa.org .

The borough is part of the Sixth Congressional District (represented by Rep. Jim Gerlach), the 148th State House District (represented by Rep. Michael Gerber) and the 17th State Senate District (represented by Sen. Connie Williams).

Education

Students who reside in Narberth attend schools in the Lower Merion School District.