Doing Business in Media
Media has a great story to tell. It is hip yet grounded. It's progressive yet maintains its history and roots. Rising sales prices of homes in Media is evidence of both a strong local economy and the fact that many people find Media a desirable place to live and work, and has become a destination town.
Media's downtown has emerged as a bustling and vibrant district that includes 42 restaurants and pubs, 43 retail shops including a Trader Joes, 8 banks, 35 offices and service firms, and the Media Theater, which has attracted national attention.
Media has served as a backdrop for many political events, including visits by Vice President Joe Biden as well as federal and state representatives.
Events such as the Blues Stroll, the Media 5 Mile Race, and our Veterans Day parades are covered by Delaware County and Philadelphia newspapers, television and radio stations resulting in broad media coverage.
Media Borough Demographics Summary
The Borough of Media (less than a square mile) is located just outside of Philadelphia and has a relatively stable population of just over 5000 (about 2700 households) with an average age of 42. Many residents are employed within a 24 minute commute with 77% in higher wage category jobs. The median value of housing in Media has risen to over $263,100 (2006-2010. An increase of over 40% in the past ten years). Total retail sales were $136 million in 2007 with restaurants accounting for a significant portion of the total. Merchant wholesaler sales were $63 million (2007) and retail sales per capita were $25,132 in 2007. Over 42% of the population has a bachelor's degree or higher and over 93% are high school graduates. The mean family income is over $83,000.
Media News Coverage
Media is highlighted in the press on a consistent basis because of its quality of life and events. Here are some examples of television coverage based on Nielsen Audience data:
Memorial Day (2009): 2.7 million viewers equal to a calculated publicity value of $221k
Welcome Home Parade (2012): 933k viewers equal to a calculated publicity value of $115k
Veterans Day Parade (2012): 2.1 million viewers equal to a calculated publicity value of $146k
Santa's Arrival (2011): 567k viewers equal to a calculated publicity value of $46k
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 Delaware County Courthouse, 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.
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 – De.Co.-Lima Campus.
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 and becoming a Fair Trade Town. 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.
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.
Media Borough Facts & Figures
Area:.75 square mile
26th Senatorial District
Tim Kearney, (D)
168th Legislative District
Chris Quinn, (R)
5th Congressional District
Mary Gay Scanlon, (D)
Taxpayer Bill of Rights
(7/1/06 thru 6/30/07)
Earned Income:1% (Collected by Central Tax Bureau)
Business Privilege:1.5 mills (Collected by Central Tax Bureau)
Mercantile:.75 mill whsl.
.75 mill retail (Collected by Central Tax Bureau)