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 20,048 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, West Chester is the 51st largest community in Pennsylvania. West Chester has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

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 88.75% 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 (15.66%), sales jobs (11.66%), and management occupations (10.75%).

Of important note, West Chester is also a borough of artists. West Chester has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape West Chester’s character.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to West Chester, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. West Chester is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 55.45% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in West Chester in 2010 was $33,496, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $133,984 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 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.