Ardmore is a census-designated place (CDP) in Delaware and Montgomery counties in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The community of Ardmore is a suburb in the west side of Philadelphia, primarily within Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County; a smaller portion of the community is the area of Ardmore Park in adjacent Haverford Township in Delaware County. The population was 12,616 at the 2000 census. Originally named Athensville in 1853, the community was renamed Ardmore in 1873 by the Pennsylvania Railroad on which it is a station (MP 8.5) on the Main Line.
Residents and visitors enjoy several parks including South Ardmore Park, which is partly in Ardmore and partly in Wynnewood. Suburban Square, the second oldest shopping mall in the U.S., is located adjacent to the Ardmore train station. Landmarks within the Ardmore Progressive Civic Association borders include the Ardmore Post Office, Ice Skating Club, public swimming pool, lighted tennis/basketball courts, community center known as “The Shack”, 2 senior housing projects, Zagat rated restaurants, multiple 24 hr pharmacies, 2 libraries (including the Ludington library which has the highest lending volume in the county), laundry center, small shops, national chains, and a top all boys prep school.