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 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 90.85% 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 where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the West Chester area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps West Chester maintain a good economy.

In West Chester, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though West Chester is a relatively small borough. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

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 52.93% 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 $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.