Considered the heart of Delaware County, Media’s history dates back to the late 18th century.
Media’s residents proudly refer to their community as Everybody’s Hometown. More than a tagline, it is a state of mind and a way of life. People are personable and welcoming. Attitudes are progressive. The result is a community and economy that are prospering.
Less than one square mile, Media has made the most of its relatively small space. Residential and commercial corridors complement each other and make it easy to enjoy all that Media has to offer.
Homes & Community
People from all walks of life, religions, races, and ethnic backgrounds have made Media their home. They are drawn for its walkability, small-town feel, and welcoming nature.
Brick sidewalks and tree-lined streets lead from residential neighborhoods to the central shopping district and library. All are areas where the community regularly comes together to celebrate Media’s history, enjoy its present, and improve its future.
Media residents enjoy a diverse housing stock, ranging from classic single-family homes to modern condominiums and town homes.
Business & Economy
Banks, boutiques, financial services, and fine restaurants all find Media a marvelous place to do business. Being the first Fair Trade Town in America, Media has a business community consciously deciding to use its collective buying power to improve the lives of others. From law offices to community groups, all types of organizations and businesses in the community are favoring Fair Trade products.
The community has also worked considerably to improve the operations of its businesses. The Borough of Media and the Media Business Authority, with the support of six local banks, offer low-interest loans to businesses with the goal of improving and preserving Media’s business district.
While many residents work in Media, some commute regularly to Philadelphia via train or trolley. Others regularly drive to nearby locations or work at one of the region’s many colleges. These colleges not only provide opportunities for employment, they also provide Media’s businesses with a well-educated workforce. More than half of Media’s adult residents have their college degrees.
Activities & Destinations
Media has much to offer. Home to a vibrant and lively downtown, residents enjoy fine restaurants, unique shops, and a number of cultural, recreational, and entertainment options.
Parks can be found throughout picturesque Media, including Barrall Park, Glen Providence Park, and Houtman Park, as well as nearby Rose Tree Park and Ridley Creek State Park.
When entertainment is in order, the Media Theater for the Performing Arts regularly hosts a number of performances, ranging from Broadway favorites to children’s theater.
Plum Street Mall is the perfect place to meet and greet and mix and mingle. A pedestrian mall off State Street, Plum Street is lined with shops and restaurants. It regularly hosts a number of outdoor concerts and festivals, including Second Saturdays and the Media Americana Roots Ramble.
Cultural opportunities are all over. Many of Media’s residents prefer meeting up at the library and enjoying one of its many educational programs. Additionally, the Media Arts Council hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The Delaware County Institute of Science is another favorite. It regularly hosts lectures and field trips focused on science and nature.
Other Media traditions include the annual Art Exhibition and Craft Fair, the State Street Blues Stroll, the Fair Trade Live Concert, the Great Media Garage Sale, the Food & Craft Festival, and a Jazz by Night Celebration.