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Fort Washington, Pennsylvania Education and City Information

Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, is a historic small town situated on Wissahickon Creek. Residents of Fort Washington can find several universities and colleges in the surrounding area. Find out about Fort Washington, including its demographics, industries and school options.

Information about Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

Fort Washington is a small city located in Pennsylvania, on the Wissahickon Creek. Fort Washington was also the location of George Washington's encampment and headquarters prior to moving to Valley Forge.

It is located in Montgomery County and had 5,446 residents, as of 2010 U.S. census data. The median household income was $112,500 in 2010-2014 census data, which is higher than the state median of $53,115.

Fort Washington residents enjoy July high temperatures in the upper 80s and low January temperatures in the middle 20s. This city receives just below 50 inches of rainfall each year. Fort Washington also receives about 22 inches of annual snowfall.

This city is home of the Fort Washington Expo Center. Other attractions include Fort Washington State Park, Childventure Museum, Highlands Mansion and Gardens and Hope Lodge and Mather Mill.

Educational Opportunities

The for-profit DeVry University is the only school that has a campus directly in Fort Washington, but the town is surrounded by an additional 35 colleges, universities and specialty schools in a 10-mile radius. Within five miles of Fort Washington, residents can find three theological seminaries, Chestnut Hill College and Montgomery County Community College. Pennsylvania State University's Abington campus is also about five miles away, as is Gwynedd Mercy University.

La Salle University, a private Christian school, is about 8 miles away. It is ranked 26th among regional universities in the North, according to 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranking data. Philadelphia University is about seven miles from Fort Washington and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to around 3,800 students. It was ranked 58th among regional universities in the North, according to U.S. News in 2016.

Haverford College is about 9 miles from Fort Washington. This 4-year, private school was ranked the 15th best liberal arts college in the nation as of 2016, per U.S. News.

Economy and Industry Info

Based on 2014 census data for those employed who were 16 years old or over, the highest annual median earnings were in the information sector, at $152,250. Employees in wholesale trade earned a median annual wage of $110,417, while finance and insurance workers earned $100,658. Major employers in Montgomery County include Adventist Healthcare, Lockheed Martin, Wraid, Target and Safeway.


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