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Narberth Facts & Figures

Narberth history

Narberth was incorporated in 1895 as a Borough, the smallest type of government in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Borough celebrated its Centennial in 1995 with a year-long celebration. Petitioners for the first Borough Government were members of the original Narberth Civic Association.


Narberth in brief

Because of its size and convenient layout, Narberth is a walking town, with shopping, recreational facilities, religious organizations, the library and school all within a comfortable walk.The roughly one-half square mile area of the Borough is cut in half by the Pennsylvania railroad tracks which divide the town into the north side and the south side. This primarily residential community also has a business district with shops along Haverford, Narberth, Forrest and Essex Avenues. The downtown shopping area is convenient to the train,the bus, the Community Building, the Municipal Building/Fire Company and playground area.

The Borough has its own Police Department, volunteer Fire Department, Highway Department, Community Library, Recreation Board and much more. In addition, the Borough cooperates with Lower Merion Township to ensure the best possible additional public services for both.

The Borough of Narberth has received two planning awards from Montgomery County, the first award was received for the development of the Albrecht tract on Montgomery Avenue into a Rite-Aid Drug store and the Albrecht's Garden Center.

The Borough received a special Planning Award on April 9, 2003 for the successful completion of the Phase I project of the Downtown Project which included the development of the former McCandless Fuels yard into much needed parking area and retail space.


Narberth statistics

Population

  • The 2000 Census lists the official population as 4,233 (1,946 male and 2,287 female). The median age was 37.7 years. ( Census figures are compiled every 10 years).
  • The 1990 Census lists the official population of Narberth as 4,278
  • The 1980 Census listed the official population as 5,151

Narberth includes roughly 1/2 square mile. Within that area there are:
  • 14 restaurants
  • 5 churches
  • 6 dry cleaners
  • 3 gas/service stations
  • 4 hair dressers/salons
  • 3 banks
  • 4 daycare centers/ nurseries
  • 2 pharmacy
  • 1 optician
  • 3 fitness centers
  • 2 flower shops
  • 2 coffee shops
  • 1 deli
  • 2 ice cream store
  • 2 supermarket
  • 5 one-way streets
  • 1 creek
  • 1 railroad bridge
  • 1 railroad tunnel
  • 1 state store
  • 1 beverage
  • 1 garden center


Households
There are roughly 1,900 households in Narberth and 1,493 tax parcels.

Conspicuous consumption?
Borough residents used 105,566.80 thousands of gallons of water from 10/1/2006 through 9/30/2007 (according to the Philadelphia Suburban Water Company).

In 2007 Borough residents discarded:

  • 2,148 tons of trash
  • 204 tons of recyclables
  • 444 tons of newsprint, cardboard, mixed paper
  • 75 tons of brush
  • 109 tons of leaves
  • Spring Clean Up Week 2005 disposed of 63.30 tons of trash!


Employers
In 2007 the 8 largest employers in Narberth were:

Royal Bank of Pennsylvania 68 employees
    
St. Margaret Church  27 employees
Mapes 5 & 10  27 employees
Borough of Narberth 21 employees
Micro EDS 18 employees
    
John Albrecht's Nurseries 17 employees
Gerald A. Markowitz, DMD 16 employees
Wakim Brothers Inc. 15 employees


Streets
Narberth has streets by any other name ...

  • 50 Thoroughfares
  • 28 Avenues
  • 9 Lanes
  • 4 Roads
  • 3 Circles
  • 2 Courts
  • 2 Places
  • 1 Terrace
  • 1 Manor
But no Streets!


Streets Part 2
Did you know that the streets in the North side run in alphabetical order, West to East?

  • Berkley Road
  • Conway Avenue
  • Dudley Avenue
  • Essex Avenue
  • Forrest Avenue
  • Grayling Avenue
  • Hampden Avenue
  • Iona Avenue
  • Lantwyn Lane


Budget

  • The 2008 budget is $4,202,733.00
  • The 2007 budget was $4,033,603.00
  • The 2006 budget was $3,818,523.00
  • The 2005 budget was $3,877,721.09
  • The 2004 budget was $3,486,264.88
  • The 2003 budget was $3,129,677.00
  • The 2002 budget was $3,054624.02
  • The 2001 Budget was $2,854,580.54
  • The 2000 budget was $ 2,951,363.61
  • The 1999 budget was $ 2,624,604.00
  • The 1998 budget was $ 2,428,856.00
  • The 2008 Real Estate Assessed Value is $302,647,890.00
  • The 2007 Real Estate Assessed Value was $302,366,630.00
  • The 2006 Real Estate assessed value was $301,478,570.00
  • The 2003 Real Estate assessed value was $294,806,110.00
  • The 2001 Real Estate assessed value was $296,656,720.00
  • The 1999 Real Estate assessed value was $294,806.110.00
  • The 1998 Real Estate assessed value was $295,078,950.00
  • In 2007 the Borough received 166,570.14 from the Realty Transfer Tax
  • In 2006 the Borough received 213,192.50 from the Realty Transfer Tax
  • In 2005 the Borough received $186,067.96 from the Realty Transfer Tax
  • In 2002 the Borough received $101,594.08 from the Realty Transfer Tax
  • In 2000 the Borough received $94,207.48 from the Realty Transfer Tax
  • In 1997 the Borough received $72,203 from the Real Estate Transfer Tax
  • In 2007 the Borough received $52,370.28 from parking meters
  • In 2006 the Borough received $ 47,087.20 from parking meters
  • In 2005 the Borough Received $46,060.00 from parking meter
  • In 2002 the Borough received $43,325.58 from parking meter
  • In 2000 the Borough received $29,887.02 from parking meters
  • In 1997 the Borough received $46,658.00 from parking meters


Taxes — who sets the tax rates?
County Tax rates are set by The Montgomery County Commissioners, (610) 278-3000.
Montgomery County County-wide reassessment took effect January 1, 1998. Board of Assessment Appeals - (610) 278-3761.School Tax rates are set by The Lower Merion School Board, (610) 645-1800

  • Lower Merion School's average tax rate over 13 years is 123.27 mills
  • The School Tax Rate fiscal year runs July 1st to June 30th. The tax rate is set in June
Borough Tax rates are set by the Narberth Borough Council, (610) 664-2840
  • Borough Sewer Taxes are calculated based on the number of 1,000 gallons used in the previous 3 quarters of the current year and the last one quarter of the previous year
  • Borough Solid Waste Taxes are based on assessed value but reflect annual budgeted costs of actual trash collection

And the winner is...
It took 200 tons of sand to do the renovations to the Sabine Avenue Tot-Lot. The Borough expects to use approximately one additional ton of sand apiece each year to maintain the Borough's two playgrounds.

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