Place:Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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NameKensington
Alt namesKensington Districtsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeUnknown
Located inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Kensington is a neighborhood in the American city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is between the Lower Northeast section of Philadelphia and North Philadelphia. Not to be confused with the former Kensington District, now commonly referred to as Fishtown, the area modernly referred to incorrectly as "Kensington" is more of a section of smaller sub-neighborhoods than a clearly defined area. As such, there are disputes among locals as to the boundaries of the area.

Traditionally, Kensington is best known for its large working class Irish Catholic community. Kensington was home to the famous Philadelphia Nativist Riots, which were a result of rising anti-Catholic sentiment at the growing population of Philadelphia's Irish Catholic immigrants. Kensington is also the birthplace of the K&A Gang, (currently known as the Northeast Philly Irish Mob), a large Irish American organized crime network.

Along with Irish Americans, Kensington is also home to a large population of Hispanic Americans (mainly Puerto Ricans and Dominicans), African Americans, Polish Americans, and Italian Americans.

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