Home to a top and well-respected liberal arts college, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, is a quaint, small town located just east of Philadelphia. Swarthmore College was founded in 1864, by Quakers who were granted land by William Penn, but it has no religious affiliation today. During the late 1880's, passenger trains from Philadelphia made stops in Swarthmore which encouraged its development in both business and residential, and the borough was incorporated in 1893. Swarthmore is also the birthplace of Benjamin West, known as America’s first internationally famous artist of historical scenes during the American Revolution. His home is now on the campus of Swarthmore College, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Swarthmore has a popuation of just over 6,000 residents, with a high percentage of them college graduates, and a median household income of about $120,000. The college, which has an enrollment of about 1,600 students, is an important part of the the community economically and culturally. It is recognized by Forbes, and US News and World Report, as one of the top liberal arts and engineering colleges in the country. Picture of Swarthmore Station courtesy of Wikipedia and Coemgenus; picture of Swarthmore College Parrish Hall courtesy of Wikipedia and Kungming2; picture of Benjamin West Birthplace courtesy of Wikipedia and Smallbones.