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

Ridley 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. SEPTA Route 101 Trolley runs through the middle of State Street, Media’s main shopping district, and originates at 69th Street Transportation Center. SEPTA’s Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line also connects Media with downtown Philadelphia with an average ride time of about 40 minutes. Bus Routes 110 and 118 provide public surface transportation to points around the region including King of Prussia, Newtown Square, Chester, Riddle Hospital, and the Penn State Brandywine Campus.

SEPTA recommends using the SEPTA Key card to obtain the best value. SEPTA Key is a reloadable, contactless chip card that offers a host of options for seamless travel and the self-serve flexibility of loading/reloading SEPTA fares to match your travel needs. The card costs $4.95 but when you register the card at SEPTAKey.org – you will get this money back in your Travel Wallet to use for travel or for future purchases [restrictions apply].

Right now, you have the option of loading a daily/three day/weekly/monthly pass, and/or Travel Wallet on your SEPTA Key. Travel Wallet allows you to pay as you go versus using a pass. The Travel Wallet offers the lowest price fare when paying per-trip and when riding Transit (bus, trolley, subway/elevated, and high speed) – it also offers one free transfer.

The Key card can be set up with auto-load to automatically purchase the SEPTA fare you always use or you can make fare purchases as you need them – it’s your choice.

No Key card? No problem. You can always use cash on the bus – but exact change is needed ($2.50) and if you’re on the train, conductors also accept credit cards.