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West Kensington, Philadelphia

West Kensington
Neighborhood of Philadelphia
The Lillian Marrero Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia serves West Kensington.
The Lillian Marrero Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia serves West Kensington.
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215

West Kensington is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia. It is north of Olde Kensington. The Market Frankford El above Front Street forms the line between West Kensington and its bordering neighborhoods are Kensington to the southeast, Harrowgate to the north, and Fairhill to the west. It is bounded by Kensington Avenue to the southeast, Front Street to the west, and Allegheny Avenue to the north.


  • Demographics 1
  • Landmarks 2
  • Education 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


As of the 2010 Census, West Kensington was 71.7% Hispanic, 17.2% African American, 5% white, 2.9% Asian, 3.1% all other. Historically it had been a heavily Irish-American neighborhood. Today the community is largely populated by Latinos (mostly Puerto Ricans), but also has significant populations of Irish Americans, Italian Americans, and African Americans.


The neighborhood was the fictional setting of the movie Rocky, by Sylvester Stallone. It is alternatively known as "K&A" (for the intersection of Kensington and Allegheny Avenues.)

The William Adamson School and David Farragut School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


School District of Philadelphia operates public schools.

The Free Library of Philadelphia Lillian Marrero Branch serves West Kensington.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ "Lillian Marrero Branch." Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved on October 19, 2012.

External links

  • an interactive aerial perspective of Norris Square

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