West Chester, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2013: 18,968 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +6.2%
 
Males: 8,607  (45.4%)
Females: 10,361  (54.6%)
Median resident age:  23.9 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.1 years

Zip codes: 19380, 19383.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $43,114 (it was $37,803 in 2000)
West Chester:

$43,114
PA:

$51,230
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $23,202 (it was $19,073 in 2000)

West Chester borough income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $288,720 (it was $141,100 in 2000)
West Chester:

$288,720
PA:

$163,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $336,047; Detached houses: $389,891; Townhouses or other attached units: $288,585; In 2-unit structures: $369,937; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $532,759; In 5-or-more-unit structures: over $1,000,000

Median gross rent in 2012: $1,079.

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  • White alone - 13,221 (69.9%)
  • Hispanic - 2,819 (14.9%)
  • Black alone - 2,332 (12.3%)
  • Two or more races - 317 (1.7%)
  • Asian alone - 189 (1.0%)
  • Other race alone - 25 (0.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 10 (0.05%)

Races in West Chester detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in West Chester: 107.5 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: Irish (18.6%), German (15.7%), Italian (10.6%), English (7.4%), Polish (3.9%), United States (3.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 03/28/1799

Elevation: 459 feet

Land area: 1.84 square miles.

Population density: 10,305 people per square mile   (high).

West Chester,PA real estate house value index trend

West Chester, Pennsylvania map

For population 25 years and over in West Chester:

  • High school or higher: 89.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 44.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 13.3%
  • Unemployed: 5.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in West Chester borough:

  • Never married: 66.3%
  • Now married: 23.6%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 3.5%
  • Divorced: 5.4%

1,357 residents are foreign born

This borough:  7.2%
Pennsylvania:  6.0%



According to our research of Pennsylvania and other state lists there were 42 registered sex offenders living in West Chester, Pennsylvania as of April 21, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in West Chester to the number of sex offenders is 449 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $2,955 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $3,029 (0.9%)

West Chester satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Brandywine, DE (12.6 miles , pop. 78,620).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Philadelphia, PA (24.5 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: West Goshen, PA (1.3 miles ), Cheyney University, PA (2.1 miles ), Exton, PA (2.3 miles ), Downingtown borough, PA (2.5 miles ), Lionville-Marchwood, PA (2.6 miles ), Malvern borough, PA (2.7 miles ), Eagleview, PA (2.8 miles ), Thorndale, PA (2.9 miles ).

Latitude: 39.96 N, Longitude: 75.61 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +4,086 (+21.6%)
Workers who live and work in this borough: 2,600 (25.7%)

Area codes: 610, 484

West Chester household income distribution West Chester home values distribution

Crime rates in West Chester by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 0000011101011
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.05.65.55.50.05.40.05.45.2
Rapes 171312201222718171391212
per 100,000 93.072.766.9111.967.5124.138.898.593.070.848.464.862.2
Robberies 30414348334439374727205325
per 100,000 164.1229.4239.7268.4185.6248.1215.9202.5257.2147.0107.7286.2129.7
Assaults 73554649437251584833363237
per 100,000 399.2307.8256.4274.0241.8406.0282.3317.4262.7179.7193.8172.8191.9
Burglaries 11713512012611890987579927895122
per 100,000 639.9755.5668.9704.7663.6507.5542.5410.4432.3500.9419.9513.0632.8
Thefts 534467388425387373424320358385344377425
per 100,000 2920.42613.32162.82376.82176.52103.32347.31750.91959.22096.31851.72035.62204.5
Auto thefts 76786976634247344041262324
per 100,000 415.6436.5384.6425.0354.3236.8260.2186.0218.9223.2140.0124.2124.5
Arson 0639360130000
per 100,000 0.033.616.750.316.933.80.05.516.40.00.00.00.0
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 301.1) 352.4337.0301.5356.7283.0358.1279.6289.8292.2251.5198.6274.5247.6

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in West Chester detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 60 (47 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.44
Pennsylvania average:

2.59

West Chester tourist attractions:

Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.4%
Pennsylvania:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -210 (-1.2%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (9%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Retail trade (18%)
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (15%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Computer specialists (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4%)
  • Child care workers (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)

Work and jobs in West Chester: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

West Chester-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Pennsylvania state average. It is 13% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/22/1955, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 1.1 miles away from the West Chester borough center killed one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 7/27/1994, a category F3 tornado 13.4 miles away from the borough center injured 11 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

West Chester-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 34.4 miles away from the city center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 33.2 miles away from West Chester center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 283.8 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 272.5 miles away from the city center
On 8/26/2003 at 18:24:18, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.5 ML, Depth: 1.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 51.9 miles away from West Chester center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 327.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Chester County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 4, Winter Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Tropical Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Water Shortage: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
West Chester topographic map

Birthplace of: Matisyahu - Male singer, Joe Frantz - Film producer, Linda and Terry Jamison - Artist, Smedley Butler - Marine Corps General, Al Bruno - Player of and football, Bam Margera, Barbara McIlvaine Smith - Politician, Bayard Rustin - (1912-1987), civil rights activist, Brandon DiCamillo - Television personality, Brandon Guyer - Baseball player.

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipients born in West Chester: Dewitt Clinton Lewis, Smedley Darlington Butler.

Main business address for: FIRST CHESTER COUNTY CORP (NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANKS), AMKOR TECHNOLOGY INC (SEMICONDUCTORS & RELATED DEVICES), VWR International, Inc. (WHOLESALE-PROFESSIONAL & COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES), CEPHALON INC (PHARMACEUTICAL PREPARATIONS), ING USA ANNUITY & LIFE INSURANCE CO , ANIMAS CORP (ORTHOPEDIC, PROSTHETIC & SURGICAL APPLIANCES & SUPPLIES), NOBEL LEARNING COMMUNITIES INC (SERVICES-EDUCATIONAL SERVICES).

Hospitals in West Chester:

  • CHESTER COUNTY HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 701 EAST MARSHALL ST)
  • DEVEREUX FOUNDATION ROSE VILLA (1300 SHIP RD)
  • HOSPICE OF CHESTER CNTY (121 W UNION ST)
  • LIFECARE HOSPITALS OF CHESTER COUNTY (provides emergency services, 400 EAST MARSHAL ST)
  • WEST CHESTER REHABILITATION HOSPITAL (400 EAST MARSHALL STREET)

Home Health Centers in West Chester:

  • NEIGHBORHOOD VNA (795 E MARSHALL ST SUITE 204)

Nursing Homes in West Chester:

  • BARCLAY FRIENDS (700 NORTH FRANKLIN)
  • BELLINGHAM PARK LANE (1615 EAST BOOT ROAD EAST GOSHEN)
  • BRANDYWINE HALL (800 WEST MINER STREET)
  • BRANDYWINE HALL CARE CNTR (800 W MINER ST)
  • PEMBROOKE HEALTH AND REHAB RES (1130 WEST CHESTER PIKE)
  • POCOPSON CHESTER CNTY HME (1695 LENAPE ROAD)
  • POCOPSON HOME (1695 LENAPE ROAD)
  • PRESBYTERIAN HEALTH CTR (400 E MARSHALL ST)
  • WELLINGTON TERRACE (1361 EAST BOOT ROAD)
  • WEST CHESTER ARMS PA INC (1130 WEST CHESTER PIKE)

Airports and heliports located in West Chester:

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Amtrak stations near West Chester:

  • 5 miles: EXTON (CREST AVE. OFF RTE. 100) . Services: partially wheelchair accessible, public payphones, paid short-term parking, call for car rental service, public transit connection.
  • 7 miles: DOWNINGTOWN (VIADUCT AVE.) . Services: public payphones, paid short-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
  • 9 miles: PAOLI (LANCASTER PIKE & S. VALLEY RD.) . Services: ticket office, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

College/University in West Chester:

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (Full-time enrollment: 14,492; Location: University Avenue and High Street; Public; Website: www.wcupa.edu; Offers Master's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near West Chester:

  • Immaculata University (about 6 miles; Immaculata, PA; Full-time enrollment: 2,912)
  • Universal Technical Institute of Pennsylvania Inc (about 9 miles; Exton, PA; FT enrollment: 2,731)
  • Neumann University (about 11 miles; Aston, PA; FT enrollment: 2,622)
  • Delaware County Community College (about 12 miles; Media, PA; FT enrollment: 8,419)
  • Cabrini College (about 15 miles; Radnor, PA; FT enrollment: 2,304)
  • Eastern University (about 15 miles; Saint Davids, PA; FT enrollment: 3,220)
  • Widener University-Main Campus (about 15 miles; Chester, PA; FT enrollment: 4,051)

Biggest public high schools in West Chester:

Private high school in West Chester:

  • WEST CHESTER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 176; Location: 1237 PAOLI PIKE; Grades: KG - 12)

Biggest private elementary/middle schools in West Chester:

  • SS PETER AND PAUL SCHOOL (Students: 446; Location: 1327 E BOOT RD; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST AGNES CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 440; Location: 211 W GAY ST; Grades: PK - 8)
  • SS SIMON & JUDE SCHOOL (Students: 433; Location: 6 CAVANAUGH CT; Grades: KG - 8)
  • ST MAXIMILIAN KOLBE SCHOOL (Students: 427; Location: 300 DALY DR; Grades: PK - 8)
  • KANNER LEARNING CENTER (Students: 239; Location: 390 E BOOT RD; Grades: UG - UG)
  • KESHER ISRAEL PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN (Students: 200; Location: 1000 POTTSTOWN PIKE; Grades: PK - TK)
  • GOSHEN FRIENDS SCHOOL (Students: 165; Location: 814 N CHESTER RD; Grades: PK - 5)
  • WEST CHESTER FRIENDS SCHOOL (Students: 107; Location: 415 N HIGH ST; Grades: PK - 5)
  • CHESTERBROOK ACADEMY#15 (Students: 78; Location: 1190 MCDERMOTT DR; Grades: PK - 3)
  • THE GODDARD SCHOOL (Students: 52; Location: 630 SUGARS BRIDGE RD; Grades: PK - KG)
See full list of schools located in West Chester, map of school districts: WEST CHESTER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Library in West Chester:

  • WEST CHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $619,327; Location: 415 NORTH CHURCH ST; 53,179 books; 1,794 audio materials; 1,777 video materials; 29 local licensed databases; 41 state licensed databases; 112 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in West Chester: Chester County Chamber of Commerce (A), Chester County Historical Society (B), West Chester Fire Department / Good Will Fire Company 2 (C), West Chester Borough Hall (D), West Chester Courthouse (E), West Chester Library (F), West Chester Police Department (G), West Chester Sheriffs Department (H), West Chester University of Pennsylvania North Campus Library (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Gay Street Plaza Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Main business address in West Chester: FIRST CHESTER COUNTY CORP (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in West Chester include: Everhart Park (1), Marshall Square (2), Rustin Park (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Brinton 1704 House (Museums; 1435 Oakland Road), Chester County - Courthouse- Directions To County of Chesters Major Facilities- Law Lib (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 15 West Gay Street), AAA Travel (Tours & Charters; 844 Paoli Pike), AAA Travel Services (Tours & Charters; 844 Paoli Pike).

Hotels: Broadlawns Bed & Breakfast (629 North Church Street), Four Seasons Sunrooms (1311 West Chester Pike), Folke Stone Bed And Breakfast (777 Copeland School Road), Abbey Green Motor Lodge Irish Shop (1036 Wilmington Pike).

Courts: Chester County - Courthouse- Mental Retardation Case Management- Orphans Court C (Chestr Cnty Mdcl Centre), Chester County - Coatesville-Downingtown- Orphans Court Clerk- Facilities Manage (601 Westtown Road), Pennsylvania Commonwealth - Superior Court of Pa- Honorable James R Cavan (2 West Market Street), Chester County - Family Court Hearing Program- Correctional Center (2 North High Street Ofc), Chester County - Courthouse- Court Reporters (20 North Crch).

Chester County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 113. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

113
U.S.:

74

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.256. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.256
U.S.:

0.303

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 17.7. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.7
U.S.:

6.6

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 2.25. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

2.25
U.S.:

1.93

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 25.3. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 1.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.3
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 14.6. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 11.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

14.6
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 10.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.4
U.S.:

9.1

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 0.0248. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0248
U.S.:

0.0147

Drinking water stations with addresses in West Chester and their reported violations in the past:

MEADOWCROFT PRESBY CHURCH (Population served: 340, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
NOTTINGHAM COUNTY PARK (Population served: 330, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between APR-2010 and JUN-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-06-2010), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-06-2010), St Public Notif requested (JUL-06-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
AVONWHEEL ESTATE MHP (Population served: 300, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In JUN-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-12-2014), St Compliance achieved (AUG-12-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In APR-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-27-2014), St Compliance achieved (JUN-27-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2014 and JUN-2014, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-14-2014), St Compliance achieved (JUL-14-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In DEC-2013, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-15-2014), St Compliance achieved (APR-15-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In MAY-2013, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-12-2013)
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
  • 4 other older monitoring violations
NOTTINGHAM CITGO (Population served: 300, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
EAST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP PARK (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2009 and SEP-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (SEP-25-2009), St Compliance achieved (2 times from SEP-25-2009 to SEP-25-2009), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-25-2009)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • 4 regular monitoring violations
SANDY POND BEACH INC (Serves NY, Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 8 routine major monitoring violations
WEST BRADFORD GRILL (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
JIMMY JOHN'S (Population served: 75, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JAN-2011 and MAR-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-13-2011), St Public Notif received (APR-13-2011), St Compliance achieved (APR-13-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-13-2011)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in West Chester that have no violations reported:

  • ST MATTHEW CHURCH (Population served: 150, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 25.5%
(24.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.6% for Black residents, 28.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 10.1% for other race residents, 53.3% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This borough:  2.3 people
Pennsylvania:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This borough:  37.9%
Whole state:  65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This borough:  7.7%
Whole state:  6.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in West Chester in 2010:

  • 3,394 people in college/university student housing
  • 193 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 88 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 34 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 29 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 28 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 9 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 9 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 4 people in in-patient hospice facilities

People in group quarters in West Chester in 2000:

  • 2,921 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 254 people in nursing homes
  • 125 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 20 people in other group homes
  • 19 people in religious group quarters
  • 18 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 14 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 6 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 6 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse

West Chester, Pennsylvania environmental map by EPA

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West Chester compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Median house value above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Banks with most branches in West Chester (2011 data):

  • Susquehanna Bank: 8 branches. Info updated 2012/02/28: Bank assets: $14,849.0 mil, Deposits: $10,294.4 mil, headquarters in Lititz, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 308 total offices, Holding Company: Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Painters Crossing Branch, West Chester Loan Production Branch, Parkway Center Branch, Westtown Branch, Goshen Branch, West Chester Branch. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania: West Goshen Branch, West Chester Giant Branch, Westtown Branch, Westtown Village Acme Branch, West Goshen Acme Branch. Info updated 2010/09/24: Bank assets: $32,316.9 mil, Deposits: $25,297.1 mil, headquarters in Philadelphia, PA, positive income, 396 total offices, Holding Company: Uk Financial Investments Limited
  • National Penn Bank: West Chester Branch, Goshen Branch, Dilworthtown Branch. Info updated 2008/03/03: Bank assets: $8,395.9 mil, Deposits: $5,879.6 mil, headquarters in Boyertown, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 131 total offices, Holding Company: National Penn Bancshares, Inc.
  • PNC Bank, National Association: Westtown-Goshen Branch, East Bradford Branch, Hershey's Mill @ Genuardi's Branch. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • TD Bank, National Association: Westtown Branch, East Goshen Branch, West Chester Branch. Info updated 2010/10/04: Bank assets: $188,912.6 mil, Deposits: $153,149.8 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, 1314 total offices, Holding Company: Toronto-Dominion Bank, The
  • DNB First, National Association: Chadds Ford Branch, West Goshen Branch, West Chester Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $607.7 mil, Deposits: $498.2 mil, headquarters in Downingtown, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 13 total offices, Holding Company: Dnb Financial Corporation
  • The Bryn Mawr Trust Company: West Chester Branch at 849 Paoli Pike, branch established on 2009/01/02; Bellingham Retirement Living Branch at 1615 East Boot Road, branch established on 1991/10/15. Info updated 2010/07/09: Bank assets: $1,755.3 mil, Deposits: $1,387.9 mil, headquarters in Bryn Mawr, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 24 total offices, Holding Company: Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation
  • Fulton Bank, National Association: West Goshen Branch at 1201 West Chester Pike, branch established on 2006/10/24; West Chester Downtown Branch at 116 West Market Street, branch established on 2006/07/07. Info updated 2010/12/30: Bank assets: $9,041.7 mil, Deposits: $6,700.3 mil, headquarters in Lancaster, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 122 total offices, Holding Company: Fulton Financial Corporation
  • 10 other banks with 13 local branches

Fire-safe hotels and motels in West Chester, Pennsylvania:

  • Days Hotel & Conference Center, 943 S High St, West Chester, PA 19382 , Phone: (610) 692-1900, Fax: (610) 692-5598
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites West Chester, 1310 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382 , Phone: (610) 399-4600, Fax: (610) 399-6171
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, 500 Willowbrook Ln, West Chester, PA 19382 , Phone: (610) 738-9111, Fax: (610) 738-9192
  • Hotel Warner, 120 N High St, West Chester, PA 19380 , Phone: (610) 692-6920, Fax: (610) 701-8501
  • Marriott Execustay/Jefferson At Westtown, 1000 Skiles Blvd, West Chester, PA 19382 , Phone: (215) 674-2558, Fax: (215) 674-2465
All 5 fire-safe hotels and motels in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

West Chester travel time to work - commute West Chester mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (40%)
  • Utility gas (36%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for West Chester borough (based on Chester County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 55.55%
Here: 55.5%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaJewish
Adherents58.4%7.3%6.7%4.5%4.2%
Congregations10.0%14.1%10.0%5.1%1.0%
NameEpiscopal ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAMuslim EstimateUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents3.4%2.7%2.4%1.9%8.5%
Congregations5.1%6.1%1.3%4.2%43.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 75
Chester County:

1.54 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 28
Chester County:

0.58 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 91
Chester County:

1.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 322
Here:

6.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.5%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Chester County:

22.3%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.0%
State:

11.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 4$26,198$78,5940$0
Other Government Administration 2$16,052$96,3120$0
Police Protection - Officers 43$352,296$98,3150$0
Police - Other 11$42,852$46,7480$0
Streets and Highways 29$116,614$48,2540$0
Solid Waste Management 5$18,219$43,7260$0
Sewerage 16$70,290$52,7180$0
Parks and Recreation 3$12,498$49,9922$1,882
Other and Unallocable 18$66,754$44,5030$0
Totals for Government 131$721,773$66,1172$1,882

West Chester government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Parking Facilities: $366,000 ($19.30)
  • Current Operations - Parking Facilities: $993,000 ($52.35)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $509,000 ($26.83)
    Central Staff Services: $451,000 ($23.78)
    General Public Buildings: $346,000 ($18.24)
    Financial Administration: $57,000 ($3.01)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $40,000 ($2.11)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash & Deposits: $2,193,000 ($115.62)
    Securities - Corporate Bonds (market): $770,000 ($40.59)
    Benefit Payments: $325,000 ($17.13)
    Securities - Corporate Bonds (market): $55,000 ($2.90)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $823,000 ($43.39)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $446,000 ($23.51)
    Police Protection: $98,000 ($5.17)
    Sewerage: $77,000 ($4.06)
    Solid Waste Management: $37,000 ($1.95)
    Parks & Recreation: $16,000 ($0.84)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,222,000 ($64.42)

West Chester government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Employee Retirement - From Local Government: $245,000 ($12.92)
    Interest Revenue: $167,000 ($8.80)
    Local Employee Contribution: $36,000 ($1.90)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,494,000 ($78.76)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $234,000 ($12.34)
    General Support: $19,000 ($1.00)

West Chester government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $17,368,000 ($915.65)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $5,679,000 ($299.40)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $10,580,000 ($557.78)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $1,109,000 ($58.47)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $1,100,000 ($57.99)

West Chester government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $1,791,000 ($94.42)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Federal Securities: $6,521,000 ($343.79)
    Total Other Securities: $4,552,000 ($239.98)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $14,486,000 ($763.71)

5.11% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($71,379 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.11%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%

0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($654 average AGI)
Chester County:

0.03%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Montgomery County, PA  0.88% ($66,697 average AGI)
from Delaware County, PA  0.74% ($78,925)
from Philadelphia County, PA  0.33% ($58,604)


5.35% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($69,750 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.35%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%

0.07% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,479 average AGI)
Chester County:

0.07%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Montgomery County, PA  0.85% ($59,481 average AGI)
to Delaware County, PA  0.53% ($75,682)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.37% ($49,987)

Strongest AM radio stations in West Chester:

  • WVCH (740 AM; 50 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WVCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCHE (1520 AM; daytime; 1 kW; WEST CHESTER, PA; Owner: CHESTER COUNTY RADIO, INC.)
  • WPEN (950 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WZZD (990 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • KYW (1060 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WNWR (1540 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WPHT (1210 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WDEL (1150 AM; 5 kW; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWDB (860 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA)
  • WCOJ (1420 AM; 5 kW; COATESVILLE, PA; Owner: WCOJ RADIO COMPANY, INC.)
  • WFIL (560 AM; 5 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WEEU (830 AM; 20 kW; READING, PA; Owner: WEEU BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in West Chester:

  • WCUR (91.7 FM; WEST CHESTER, PA; Owner: STUDENT SERVICES, INC.)
  • WPLY (100.3 FM; MEDIA, PA; Owner: RADIO ONE LICENSES, LLC)
  • WJBR-FM (99.5 FM; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WSTW (93.7 FM; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMWX (95.7 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WMGK (102.9 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WOGL (98.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WSNI-FM (104.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WBEB (101.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WEAZ-FM RADIO, INC.)
  • WRTI (90.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: TEMPLE UNIV. OF THE COMMONWEALTH, ET)
  • WPHI-FM (103.9 FM; JENKINTOWN, PA; Owner: RADIO ONE LICENSES, LLC)
  • WXPN (88.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNA.)
  • WHYY-FM (90.9 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WHYY, INC.)
  • WXTU (92.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WXTU LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WZZE (97.3 FM; GLEN MILLS, PA; Owner: GLEN MILLS SCHOOLS)
  • WYSP (94.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WDAS-FM (105.3 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WPTP (96.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WDAS LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WUSL (98.9 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WMMR (93.3 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER BOSTON RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around West Chester:

  • KYW-TV (Channel 3; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • WPHL-TV (Channel 17; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION COMPANY)
  • WPPX (Channel 61; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: PAXSON PHILADELPHIA LICENSE, INC.)
  • WPVI-TV (Channel 6; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WPSG (Channel 57; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: VIACOM STATIONS GROUP OF PHILADELPHIA INC.)
  • WCAU (Channel 10; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: NBC SUBSIDIARY (WCAU-TV), L.P.)
  • WGTW (Channel 48; BURLINGTON, NJ; Owner: BRUNSON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WYBE (Channel 35; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INDEPENDENCE PUBLIC MEDIA OF PHILADELPHIA, INC.)
  • WHYY-TV (Channel 12; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: WHYY, INC.)
  • WTXF-TV (Channel 29; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: FOX TV STATIONS OF PHILADELPHIA)
  • WWJT-LP (Channel 7; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PHILADELPHIA TELEVISION NETWORK, INC)
  • W40AZ (Channel 40; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: NATIONAL MINORITY T.V., INC.)
  • W55BT (Channel 55; TALLEYVILLE, DE; Owner: MEDIACASTING LLC)
  • WELL-LP (Channel 8; WILLOW GROVE, ETC., PA; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • WTSD-CA (Channel 14; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: PRIORITY COMMUNICATIONS MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WFPA-CA (Channel 28; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WXTV LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.)
  • WPHA-LP (Channel 63; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WUVP (Channel 65; VINELAND, NJ; Owner: UNIVISION PHILADELPHIA LLC)
  • WTVE (Channel 51; READING, PA; Owner: READING BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WMCN-TV (Channel 53; ATLANTIC CITY, NJ; Owner: LENFEST BROADCASTING, LLC)
See more detailed statistics of West Chester fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 0 meters
Total average daily traffic: 15,051
Total average daily truck traffic: 451
Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic: 18,451
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED38$263,05383$246,928281$234,95723$84,5221$1,500,00046$240,630
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$324,0005$302,40019$244,4212$7,5000$05$192,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$287,0008$255,50087$227,1846$151,1672$750,00022$189,500
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$245,5003$256,66757$211,0533$330,6670$03$148,667
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$132,00017$231,6470$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 3023.00 , 3024.00, 3025.00, 3026.00, 3104.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED15$268,0676$293,500
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED6$288,1672$321,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$223,5001$145,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$380,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 3023.00 , 3024.00, 3025.00, 3026.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 82
  • Hazardous Condition: 62
  • Service Call: 2
  • Good Intent Call: 1

Incident types - West Chester

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for West Chester, PA
Most common first names in West Chester, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary69082.5 years
John64475.0 years
William59375.1 years
Helen36782.9 years
Robert35871.8 years
Charles35075.8 years
James33674.4 years
Joseph33476.3 years
Elizabeth33181.9 years
Margaret33081.3 years
Most common last names in West Chester, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith21078.3 years
Miller13679.0 years
Johnson12878.8 years
Brown12177.3 years
Wilson10377.9 years
Jones9476.7 years
Williams9276.7 years
Davis9275.7 years
Jackson7772.3 years
Taylor7478.4 years
Businesses in West Chester, PA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1MasterBrand Cabinets6
AT&T3Mazda1
Ace Hardware2McDonald's2
Applebee's1Microtel1
Arby's1New Balance1
BMW1Nike9
Blockbuster1Office Depot1
Burger King2Panera Bread1
CVS2Papa John's Pizza1
Chick-Fil-A1Payless1
Chipotle1Penske1
Comfort Inn1Pizza Hut1
Cricket Wireless3Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Curves1RadioShack1
DHL1Rite Aid7
Dairy Queen3Safeway1
Days Hotel1Sears1
Domino's Pizza2Sprint Nextel1
Dunkin Donuts4Starbucks4
Famous Footwear1Subway3
FedEx16T.G.I. Driday's1
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Taco Bell1
GNC4The Room Place1
GameStop1True Value1
Giant2U-Haul4
H&R Block2UPS22
Honda1Volkswagen1
Hyundai1Vons1
KFC1Walgreens2
Kmart1YMCA2

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