The area is named after financier Francis Anthony Drexel, the father of Saint Katharine Drexel (who established missions to Blacks and Native Americans throughout the United States). Drexel owned property in the Drexel Heights area and eastward during the late 1800s.
There were 7,505 households out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 3.53.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $41,211, and the median income for a family was $42,457. Males had a median income of $31,405 versus $23,353 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,839. About 9.9% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.