About Media

Great Shopping, Fine Dining, Live Entertainment

Here you’ll find an artful blend of new and traditional, eclectic and sophisticated, international and plain old down-home goodness. Steeped in the history of Delaware County, Media has become the life and heart of the region drawing expanded growth from its unique mixture of authentic and contemporary attitudes.

Our diverse retail center filled with fine dining from across the globe makes Media the perfect place to experience shopping the way it was meant to be. From street festivals to live music to performance theater to poetry readings, State Street is a constant entertainment venue for young and old. Walk the length of town in an evening, chat with new friends, and leave your cares behind.

The Borough of Media

Media Borough is the County Seat of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Located 12 miles (19 km) west of Philadelphia, Media was incorporated in 1850 when the court records were moved from Chester. From that point on, Media has been developed as a planned community with an infrastructure to support growth and commerce for years to come. Its active shopping districts, quiet residential streets, numerous civic and religious institutions, and convenient transportation facilities are all within easy walking distance of each other.

Greater Media Area

The Media Area is a geographical area surrounding and containing the Media Borough in Delaware County. While the town of Media is rather small in comparison to its surrounding area, many residents consider Media their home due to this town-center feeling.

As the largest and most active town within a 5 mile radius, Media draws more than one-quarter million people from its surrounding townships. With weekday activity at the County Court House, Media brings in over 300,000 visitors and employees during normal business hours.


Media’s strength has always come from the diversity and inclusiveness of its populace. Residents proudly call Media “Everybody’s Hometown.” This is much more than a slogan – it describes a very real state of mind. From all walks of life, religion, race, ethnic background, Media is inclusively open for everyone to call home.

Rooted in the Quaker tradition, area residents live by their actions and acknowledge each other with respect and kindness. A smile, a “Hello” on the street, a helping hand, a real community spirit is found in Media every day.

A Walking Community

Convenience brings visitors and residents downtown to shop and eat. Availability of public transportation allows people to take the train to work, catch the trolley for a quick ride, or pick up that last minute ingredient for dinner. Measuring only 0.8 square miles, Media’s proximity to everything makes it the ideal town for families and thriving businesses alike. Walk to several parks, area schools and playgrounds, houses of worship, community centers, and entertainment venues along State Street and you’re there in minutes.

View Media Borough Map

Notable Landmarks

Delaware County Courthouse

Delaware County Institute of Science

Minshall House

Media Theatre of the Performing Arts

Hedgerow Theatre

Media Borough Hall & Community Center

Barrall Park and recreation areas

Glen Providence Park

Rose Tree Park

Riddley Creek State Park

Media Friends Meeting

Providence Friends Meeting


Located between “The Blue Route” (476), Route 252, Route 1, and Baltimore Pike, Media is easily accessible by car. The 101 SEPTA Trolley runs through the middle State Street, Media’s main shopping district, and originates at Philadelphia’s 69th Street Station. SEPTA’s Regional Rail R3 also connects Media with downtown Philadelphia with an average ride time of less than 40 minutes. Bus routes 110 and 118 provide public surface transportation to points around the region including King of Prussia, Newtown Square, Chester, Riddle Memorial Hospital, and the Penn State Brandywine Campus.

Notable Achievements

Media, PA is the last suburban town in America with a trolley running down the middle of its main street that originates from a major metropolitan city.

  • 2006 – In June 2006, Media became the first US town to follow some three-hundred towns in Europe in attaining fair trade certification. To meet the criteria for certification, Media was required to pass a Council Resolution in support of fair trade, serve fair-trade coffee and tea in local government meetings and offices, ensure that a range of fair-trade products were available in local restaurants and businesses, raise popular support and provide media coverage for the fair-trade campaign, and convene a fair-trade steering committee to ensure continued commitment. Media First Fair Trade Town
  • 1981– Media has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to its community forest. It is the 25th year Media has received this national recognition. Media has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA: tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.
  • 1971 – A group calling itself the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI raided an FBI office in Media. They later released thousands of documents to major newspapers around the US. These documents confirmed for the first time the existence of COINTELPRO, an FBI program to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” dissident groups in the US.


Approximately 6,000

.75 square mile

68% residential
30% commercial
2% industrial


9th Senatorial District

Thomas Killion, (R)

168th Legislative District

Chris Quinn, (R)

5th Congressional District

Mary Gay Scanlon,. (D)
(610) 690-7323

2006 TAXES

Taxpayer Bill of Rights

1.0 mills

19.4695 mills
(7/1/06 thru 6/30/07)

4.45 mills


1% (Collected by Central Tax Bureau)

1.5 mills (Collected by Central Tax Bureau)

.75 mill whsl.
.75 mill retail (Collected by Central Tax Bureau)