West Chester, PA
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Living in West Chester


West Chester is a medium-sized borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 19,928 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, West Chester is the 51st largest community in Pennsylvania. West Chester has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 90.85% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Chester is a borough of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Chester who work in food service (19.87%), office and administrative support (11.14%), and sales jobs (11.06%).

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 a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped West Chester to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Even though West Chester is a smaller borough, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in West Chester. 52.93% 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 2010 was $27,709, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,836 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. Important ancestries of people in West Chester include 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.