West Chester is a medium-sized borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 18,671 people and 25 constituent neighborhoods, West Chester is the 46th 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 89.56% 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 (13.48%), management occupations (12.77%), and sales jobs (12.64%).
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 place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped West Chester to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
West Chester, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the borough.
If knowledge is power, West Chester is a pretty powerful place. 53.28% of the adults in West Chester have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in West Chester in 2018 was $36,009, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $144,036 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 10.92% 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.