West Chester is a medium-sized borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 20,029 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, West Chester is the 51st largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in West Chester was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.
West Chester home prices are not only among the most expensive in Pennsylvania, but West Chester real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
West Chester is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 88.69% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Chester is a borough of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Chester who work in food service (14.21%), sales jobs (12.31%), and management occupations (11.47%).
Also of interest is that West Chester has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
West Chester is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in West Chester have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. West Chester’s economy is one such example of this.
West Chester, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the borough.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in West Chester. 57.65% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in West Chester in 2018 was $35,816, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $143,264 for a family of four. However, West Chester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
West Chester is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call West Chester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Chester residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. West Chester also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.35% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Chester include Irish, German, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in West Chester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.