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Life in the other Croydon that’s 3,517 miles away – and we’ve got a lot in common

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Life in the other Croydon that’s 3,517 miles away - and we've got a lot in common

If we told you that Croydon was 3,517 miles away you would probably think that we were out of our minds, but the Croydon we’re talking about isn’t the one serviced by the 250 bus route.

This Croydon can be found in the state of Pennsylvania in the United States.

Whilst the debate rumbles on about whether Croydon falls under the classification of London or Surrey, across the pond things are just as unclear.

Due to its small population of just 10,034 – Croydon in Pennsylvania isn’t classified as either a town or a village, instead it is known as a ‘census designated place’.

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Despite its small size, just like our own Croydon, it is buzzing with rich history, interesting culture and loads of landmarks.

Here at MyLondon, we’ve taken a look at the similarities and differences between the two places.

Weather

‘Sunny Croydon where the summers never end’ isn’t a line that you’re probably used to hearing too often, but our Pennsylvanian pals are all too familiar.

In the middle of July the average temperature is a soaring 31 degrees, whilst the UK’s Croydon hits about 22 degrees on average.

However, their winters are just as extreme and plummet to as low as -6 degrees. Yikes.

Population

American are known for their larger than life personalities and cultures, big cars, bigger buildings and huge celebrities so this one will probably surprise you. The population of Croydon PA is just a modest 9,950 people.

By stark contrast, the Croydon closer to home is one of the largest commercial districts in Greater London outside Central London.

As of 2020, its population was 386,710, making it the second largest London borough and fifteenth largest district in the whole of England.

That means that you could fit 38 of their Croydons into ours. Crazy figures.

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Sports teams

Heinz Field is the home ground of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Go Steelers!

Whilst there may be some differences between the two places of the same name, there is one big similarity. Sports.

Premier League club Crystal Palace (commonly known as ‘the Eagles’) are the most heavily supported team in the Croydon area and are based 10 minutes away from Thornton Heath station. They play their games at Selhurst Park stadium and were founded in 1905.

The Croydon PA is not fortunate enough to have a major sports team on their doorstep, but the state itself is littered with big teams across nearly every sport.

This includes; the American football team the Pittsburgh Steelers, the basketball team the Philadelphia 76ers and they even have their own eagles – the Philadelphia Eagles that is.

They are an American football team who were founded in 1933 and won their first Super Bowl in 2017.

Places to eat

What’s on the menu?

Croydon PA has a fair number of restaurants to choose from, such as the Dog & Bull Brew & Music House, Bella Maria Tomato Pies and the Old Croydon Cafe.

Croydon, London, is a different story, with a lot more pubs and restaurants including The Spread Eagle, The Old Fox & Hounds and funnily enough, a Dog & Bull of its own.

As you’re probably starting to tell there is a lot more in common between the two places than just the name.

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Parks

The famous Wandle Park

While our Croydon is home to beautiful parks like Wandle Park, Park Hill Park and Purley Way Playing Fields, the Pennsylvanians might just have us beat on this one.

What Croydon PA lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for size. The famous Neshaminy State Park is just a six minute drive for its residents. The park is a whopping 330-acres and it’s located nearby in Bensalem Township – also in Bucks County.

Visitors to the park can treat themselves to a glimpse of the amazing Philadelphia skyline from a hiking trail on Logan Point.

Breweries

Who's got the best beer? Depends on who you ask!

Both Croydons have a lot to offer

“Great beer – Straight outta Croydon” is the tagline for one of the most famous breweries in Croydon and despite the Americanism, it’s actually for a brewery in Croydon PA.

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company is an award-winning craft brewery and taproom located just north of Philadelphia in Croydon, PA founded in 2010.

It has grown massively over the years and has since expanded distribution across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New York.

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Meanwhile, The Cronx Brewery in our Croydon was formed just two years later in 2012. Anyone who wants to try a pint can grab one at The Cronx Bar in Boxpark Croydon, where they offer a wide array of real ales and craft beers.

We may not agree on everything, but if there’s one thing that residents of both places will be able to agree on is that Croydon is a special place.

Let’s toast a pint to that!

Have you had the pleasure of visiting both Croydons? Did we miss of any of your favourite spots? Let us know in the comment section here.