West Chester, PA
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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 90.41% 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 (19.62%), sales jobs (12.73%), and management occupations (10.24%).

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.

In addition, West Chester is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local West Chester culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. West Chester really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In West Chester every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and West Chester. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. West Chester benefits directly from this.

If knowledge is power, West Chester is a pretty powerful place. 56.50% 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 2010 was $29,444, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $117,776 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 10.12% 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.