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Chester County, Pennsylvania (PA)

County population in 2014: 512,784 (87% urban, 13% rural); it was 433,501 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 105,549
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 33,779
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 120,500
Renter-occupied apartments: 43,572 (it was 37,405 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

30%

Land area: 756 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 678 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Chester County: 105.3 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (32.7%), Educational, health and social services (14.9%), Manufacturing (14.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 22%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Chester County, Pennsylvania:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (82.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (6.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (5.9%)
  • Asian alone (3.9%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.0 years
Males: 251,990  (49.1%)
Females: 260,794  (50.9%)
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Chester County,PA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Chester County:

2.0 people
Pennsylvania:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $90,503 ($65,295 in 1999)

This county:

$90,503
Pennsylvania:

$55,702

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $1,116 (lower quartile is $850, upper quartile is $1,412)
This county:

$1116
State:

$709


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $332,900 (it was $178,900 in 2000)
Chester:

$332,900
Pennsylvania:

$170,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $233,100 - $471,600
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $2,145
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $764

Institutionalized population: 4,033
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 2912 buildings, average cost: $144,800
  • 2001: 2820 buildings, average cost: $150,300
  • 2002: 3168 buildings, average cost: $151,900
  • 2003: 2818 buildings, average cost: $150,700
  • 2004: 3102 buildings, average cost: $159,900
  • 2005: 2865 buildings, average cost: $176,500
  • 2006: 2229 buildings, average cost: $189,600
  • 2007: 1763 buildings, average cost: $182,900
  • 2008: 1427 buildings, average cost: $188,300
  • 2009: 882 buildings, average cost: $175,000
  • 2010: 839 buildings, average cost: $190,500
  • 2011: 783 buildings, average cost: $201,400
  • 2012: 845 buildings, average cost: $191,800
  • 2013: 1045 buildings, average cost: $198,300
  • 2014: 802 buildings, average cost: $212,300

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $5,063 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $4,664 (1.5%)

Chester County household income distribution in 2009 Chester County home values distribution Chester County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 5.7%
(4.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 13.4% for Black residents, 16.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 14.8% for American Indian residents, 2.9% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 16.7% for other race residents, 9.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 5.7%
Chester County:

5.7%
Pennsylvania:

13.2%
(4.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 13.4% for Black residents, 16.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 15.0% for American Indian residents, 2.9% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 14.4% for other race residents, 8.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 40 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 25 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

Area name: Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Chester County is $742 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $886 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1061 a month.

Cities in this county include: West Chester, Phoenixville, Coatesville, West Goshen, Downingtown, Lionville-Marchwood, Paoli, Kennett Square, Devon-Berwyn, Chesterbrook.

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

2012 air pollution in Chester County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.032 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 9.7 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Chester County: Pleasant Valley Golf Course (A), Little Creek Golf Course (B), South Hills Golf Course (C), Cool Brook Country Club (D), Rolling Acres Pitch and Putt Golf Course (E), Green Valley Golf Course (F), Ski Roundtop Ski Area (G), Fairview Industrial Park (H), Boulder Point (I), Fellowship Camp Grove (J), Big Dam (K), Porters Station (L), D and M Junction (M), Lauxmont Farms (N), Base Crossroads (O), Bowmans Store (P), Codorus Mills Station (Q), Botts Station (R), Big Dam (S), Intersection (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Valley Green Mall (1), Delco Plaza Shopping Center (2), North Gate Shopping Center (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Chester County include: Union Chapel (A), Union Church (B), United Church (C), Victory Church (D), Altland Church (E), Walgamuth Church (F), Hopewell Church (G), Pleasant Hill Church (H), Hershey Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Trinity Cemetery (1), Goldsboro Cemeteries (2), Williams Cemetery (3), Winter Cemetery (4), Wolf Cemetery (5), Suburban Memorial Gardens (6), Bowser Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Glat Co Lake (A), Pinchot Lake (B), Red Lion Reservoir (C), East Prospect Reservoir (D), Lake Marburg (E), Silver Lake (F), York Reservoir (G), Sheppard-Meyers Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Oakland Run (A), Millers Run (B), West Branch Codorus Creek (C), Doe Run (D), South Fork Otter Creek (E), Wallace Run (F), Scott Creek (G), Inners Creek (H), Green Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Chester County include: Samuel S Lewis State Park (1), White Oak Park (2), Codorus State Park (3), Gifford Pinchot State Park (4), State Game Lands Number 243 (5), Windsor Park (6), Nixon County Park (7), Brookside Park (8), Kise Mill Bridge Historic District (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Adair County, Missouri , Baltimore County, Maryland , Monongalia County, West Virginia , Henry County, Indiana , Preston County, West Virginia , Logan County, Illinois , Tuscarawas County, Ohio .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.6%
Pennsylvania:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 25,130
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 89.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 42.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 23,770 (44% naturalized citizens)

Chester County:

5.5%
Whole state:

4.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 7,271
  • 1990 to 1994: 3,720
  • 1985 to 1989: 2,806
  • 1980 to 1984: 2,114
  • 1975 to 1979: 1,535
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,335
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,290
  • 1965 to 1969: 3,699
Note: State values scaled to Chester County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 63.1%

Chester County marital status for males Chester County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 101,669
  • One, attached: 27,258
  • Two: 3,389
  • 3 or 4: 5,288
  • 5 to 9: 5,919
  • 10 to 19: 6,768
  • 20 or more: 8,359
  • Mobile homes: 5,030
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 93

Housing units in Chester County with a mortgage: 81,136 (7,861 second mortgage, 13,798 home equity loan, 501 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 25,118

Here:

76.4% with mortgage
State:

62.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Chester County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic212,11333
Mainline Protestant60,921156
Evangelical Protestant31,520167
Other6,09025
Black Protestant4,27125
Orthodox6754
None183,296-
Chester County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 75
Chester County:

1.54 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 28
This 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.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 322
This county:

6.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Chester County:

7.5%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Chester County:

22.3%
State:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.0%
State:

11.5%

Agriculture in Chester County:

Average size of farms: 88 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $196,440
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2831.38
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 71.43%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 23.54%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $161,117
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 60.51%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.79%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $53,782
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 85.25%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 24.90
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 45.29%
Corn for grain: 24591 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 4753 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 13206 harvested acres
Vegetables: 782 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 619 acres

Tornado activity:

Chester County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Pennsylvania state average. It is 2280270.4 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 17 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/15/1989, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Chester County-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 30.1 miles away from Chester County 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 29.0 miles away from the county 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 282.7 miles away from the county 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 267.9 miles away from the county 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 52.4 miles away from Chester County 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 327.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Pennsylvania Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 22, 2016 to January 23, 2016, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4267: March 23, 2016, FEMA Id: 4267, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Pennsylvania Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: February 04, 2014 to February 20, 2014, Emergency Declared EM-3367: February 06, 2014, FEMA Id: 3367, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Pennsylvania Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3356: October 29, 2012, FEMA Id: 3356, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Pennsylvania Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, Incident Period: September 03, 2011 to October 15, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared EM-3340: September 08, 2011, FEMA Id: 3340, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Pennsylvania Tropical Storm Lee, Incident Period: September 03, 2011 to October 15, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4030: September 12, 2011, FEMA Id: 4030, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Pennsylvania Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to September 14, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3339: August 29, 2011, FEMA Id: 3339, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Pennsylvania Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to August 30, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4025: September 03, 2011, FEMA Id: 4025, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Pennsylvania Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorms, Incident Period: February 05, 2010 to February 11, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1898: April 16, 2010, FEMA Id: 1898, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Pennsylvania Severe Storms, Flooding, and Mudslides, Incident Period: June 23, 2006 to July 10, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1649: June 30, 2006, FEMA Id: 1649, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Flood
  • Pennsylvania Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3235: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3235, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 12 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Chester County (22) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 6

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

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (18%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (12%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (5%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (22%)
  • India (8%)
  • United Kingdom (8%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (5%)
  • Korea (4%)
  • Canada (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Chester County (%):

  • Irish (18%)
  • German (17%)
  • Italian (13%)
  • English (10%)
  • United States or American (6%)
  • Polish (4%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)

Chester County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 176,075 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 18,726 (9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,009 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 8 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 303 (0%)
  • Railroad: 4,299 (2%)
  • Ferryboat: 35 (0%)
  • Taxi: 71 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 131 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 183 (0%)
  • Walked: 5,512 (3%)
  • Other means: 1,095 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 10,706 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 2000:

  • 5,646 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 3,691 people in nursing homes
  • 1,089 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 892 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 654 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 465 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 460 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 384 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 232 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 213 people in religious group quarters
  • 162 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 133 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 121 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 107 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 105 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 86 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 82 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 73 people in other group homes
  • 63 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 58 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 17 people in institutions for the blind
  • 7 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 7 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 4 people in homes for the physically handicapped

People in group quarters in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 2010:

  • 6,889 people in college/university student housing
  • 2,572 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 767 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 760 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 537 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 498 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 456 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 288 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 163 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 127 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 90 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 85 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 65 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 35 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 4 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $98,767.

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%

2.90% relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania ($35,233 average AGI)
2.18% relocated from other states ($35,492 average AGI)
Chester County:

2.18%
Pennsylvania average:

1.90%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


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)
from New Castle County, DE  0.31% ($81,288)
from Lancaster County, PA  0.25% ($39,626)
from Berks County, PA  0.20% ($47,546)
from Bucks County, PA  0.11% ($58,633)


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%

2.72% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($29,398 average AGI)
2.56% relocated to other states ($38,874 average AGI)
Chester County:

2.56%
Pennsylvania average:

2.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


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)
to Lancaster County, PA  0.31% ($40,704)
to New Castle County, DE  0.28% ($51,039)
to Berks County, PA  0.20% ($45,126)
to Bucks County, PA  0.09% ($82,011)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.2
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.4

Births per 1000 population in Chester County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Chester County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 5.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Chester County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 8.8%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Chester County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Chester County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 63,198 (56,365 aged, 6,833 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 6,366 (5%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (5,133)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (3,485)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (2,854)
  • Unspecified dementia (2,029)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,984)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,620)
  • Congestive heart failure (1,435)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1,367)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,267)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (1,169)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.07
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9,361
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 158
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 28,442

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,268
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 711
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 64
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 74

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.3. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 9.7
  • Other - 5.6

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 85.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 46.0
  • Suffocation - 22.5
  • Poisoning - 12.5
  • Other - 4.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 485,550
  • In family households: 415,311 (98,212 male householders, 30,926 female householders)
    107,144 spouses, 150,830 children (142,968 natural, 3,496 adopted, 4,366 stepchildren), 6,188 grandchildren, 3,284 brothers or sisters, 3,754 parents, 4,217 other relatives, 7,637 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 70,239 (23,940 male householders (17,335 living alone)), 29,822 female householders (24,697 living alone)), 16,477 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 13,336 (4,033 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 51,862 2-persons, 28,770 3-persons, 28,909 4-persons, 12,858 5-persons, 4,283 6-persons, 2,456 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 42,032 1-person, 9,165 2-persons, 1,249 3-persons, 960 4-persons, 194 5-persons, 77 6-persons, 85 7-or-more-persons.

90,549 married couples with children.
15,662 single-parent households (3,845 men, 11,817 women).

91.2% of residents of Chester County speak English at home.
3.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (51% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 23% speak English not well, 11% don't speak English at all).
3.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (74% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (61% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (77% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,927,544,000 ($4,138 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $102,603,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $926,137,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $414,262,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,946,000
Federal grants: $195,640,000
Federal procurement contracts: $186,502,000 ($60,292,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $199,057,000 ($9,067,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $3,877,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $130,424,000
Federal Government insurance: $224,040,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 31,068
Here:

66 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 17,087
Here:

36 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5,542
Here:

+12 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +21,677
Here +46 per 1000 residents
State -2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Chester County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 41.55 millions of gallons per day (31% from ground, 69% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

7.4
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 917
  • 2010 to 2013: 3,963
  • 2000 to 2009: 30,004
  • 1990 to 1999: 30,800
  • 1980 to 1989: 32,443
  • 1970 to 1979: 29,649
  • 1960 to 1969: 18,313
  • 1950 to 1959: 17,946
  • 1940 to 1949: 5,216
  • 1939 or earlier: 27,516
Note: State values scaled to Chester population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Chester County population
  • 1 room: 58
  • 2 rooms: 268
  • 3 rooms: 1,447
  • 4 rooms: 4,696
  • 5 rooms: 12,574
  • 6 rooms: 21,869
  • 7 rooms: 22,073
  • 8 rooms: 26,235
  • 9+ rooms: 31,280
  • 1 room: 1,021
  • 2 rooms: 2,984
  • 3 rooms: 8,022
  • 4 rooms: 9,320
  • 5 rooms: 7,614
  • 6 rooms: 3,793
  • 7 rooms: 2,299
  • 8 rooms: 1,251
  • 9+ rooms: 1,101
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Chester County population
  • no bedroom: 89
  • 1 bedroom: 1,913
  • 2 bedrooms: 13,912
  • 3 bedrooms: 51,019
  • 4 bedrooms: 44,651
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8,916
  • no bedroom: 1,235
  • 1 bedroom: 12,093
  • 2 bedrooms: 14,589
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,739
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,107
  • 5+ bedrooms: 642
Cars and other vehicles available in Chester County, Pennsylvania in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Chester County population
  • no vehicle: 3,152
  • 1 vehicle: 26,477
  • 2 vehicles: 63,234
  • 3 vehicles: 21,140
  • 4 vehicles: 4,613
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,884
  • no vehicle: 5,048
  • 1 vehicle: 18,276
  • 2 vehicles: 11,250
  • 3 vehicles: 1,994
  • 4 vehicles: 657
  • 5+ vehicles: 180

60% of Chester County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 45% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 56% lived in Pennsylvania.

Chester County:

59.8%
State average:

64.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 287,177
  • Northeast: 45,905
  • Midwest: 20,667
  • South: 44,176
  • West: 7,586

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $128,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 0%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 0%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Chester County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (41.5%)
  • Utility gas (25.7%)
  • Electricity (22.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.0%)
  • Wood (1.0%)
  • Electricity (38.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (28.4%)
  • Utility gas (27.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)
  • Wood (0.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 10,436
Here:

19.4%
Pennsylvania:

16.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 4,422
Here:

18.1%
Pennsylvania:

13.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5,731
Here:

30.0%
Pennsylvania:

37.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Chester County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - General - Other: $69,722,000
    Parks and Recreation: $4,447,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,690,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,022,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $457,000
    Regular Highways: $366,000
    Police Protection: $232,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $116,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $118,713,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $40,626,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $33,852,000
    General - Other: $26,689,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $22,563,000
    Correctional Institutions: $20,563,000
    Financial Administration: $17,142,000
    Housing and Community Development: $13,046,000
    Libraries: $9,495,000
    Corrections - Other: $8,721,000
    Parks and Recreation: $7,004,000
    Central Staff Services: $6,686,000
    Police Protection: $6,214,000
    General Public Buildings: $4,603,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,965,000
    Regular Highways: $691,000
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $115,542,000
    Corporate Bonds: $21,576,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $10,943,000
    Benefit Payments: $6,741,000
    Withdrawals: $1,203,000
    Other Investments - Other: $492,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $10,467,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $902,000
    Parks and Recreation: $456,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $256,000
    Libraries: $87,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $13,000
    Regular Highways: $10,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $101,064,000

Chester County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $43,684,000
    Parks and Recreation: $262,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $10,604,000
    From Parent Local Government: $8,180,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $5,659,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,341,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $5,407,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $4,534,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $105,412,000
    Public Welfare: $43,181,000
    All Other: $17,548,000
    Housing and Community Development: $9,056,000
    Highways: $665,000
  • Tax - Property: $121,732,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $1,765,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,329,000

Chester County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $313,940,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $236,970,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $194,732,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $117,762,000

Chester County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $65,083,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Federal Securities: $39,306,000
    Total Other Securities: $28,716,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $51,958,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,758,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 3,408
  • Number of aged recipients: 426
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 2,982
  • Number of recipients under 18: 579
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 2,094
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 735
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,091
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,537
Chester County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Chester County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 111 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)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,690$237,1053,380$275,61316,669$255,4201,059$108,35817$2,071,765510$196,81672$65,181
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED64$242,438322$297,3511,424$253,282140$73,6210$051$194,92228$47,036
APPLICATIONS DENIED161$237,000389$224,5304,214$270,334498$67,5083$633,333188$172,441128$51,117
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN155$240,329370$280,0703,436$256,545189$131,1381$1,920,00094$188,8518$70,750
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS41$222,780120$281,550798$274,36147$121,0850$022$158,22720$50,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 106 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED633$273,463357$274,4090$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED173$283,844130$285,8460$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED61$256,55784$291,2020$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN29$277,24128$274,5361$191,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$259,0915$297,8001$78,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Chester County, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2,85874.3 years
Mary2,68681.2 years
William2,29374.6 years
Robert1,54471.1 years
James1,50272.6 years
Joseph1,45374.2 years
Charles1,43675.0 years
Helen1,36481.0 years
George1,27076.1 years
Margaret1,23781.0 years
Most common last names in Chester County, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith69776.8 years
Miller62176.2 years
Brown49575.7 years
Johnson44576.8 years
Wilson34977.0 years
Davis34576.0 years
Jones34474.4 years
Williams32075.6 years
Thompson29977.0 years
Taylor27676.9 years
Businesses in Chester County, PA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven5LA Fitness1
ALDO1La-Z-Boy3
AT&T10Lane Bryant1
Abercrombie & Fitch1Lane Furniture2
Ace Hardware4LensCrafters2
Advance Auto Parts4Lowe's4
Aeropostale2Macy's1
American Eagle Outfitters3Marriott4
Ann Taylor2Marshalls1
Applebee's5MasterBrand Cabinets29
Arby's2Mazda1
AutoZone2McDonald's15
BMW2Men's Wearhouse2
Banana Republic1Microtel1
Barnes & Noble2Motherhood Maternity4
Baskin-Robbins2New Balance8
Bath & Body Works3New York & Co1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nike42
Blockbuster5Nissan2
Budget Car Rental1Office Depot1
Burger King10OfficeMax1
CVS14Old Country Buffet1
Catherines1Old Navy1
Charlotte Russe1Olive Garden1
Chevrolet3On The Border1
Chick-Fil-A4Outback1
Chico's1Outback Steakhouse1
Chipotle1Pac Sun1
Chuck E. Cheese's2Panera Bread2
Comfort Inn1Papa John's Pizza3
Comfort Suites1Pathmark1
Cracker Barrel1Payless5
Cricket Wireless12Penske4
Curves7PetSmart3
DHL7Pier 1 Imports3
Dairy Queen14Pizza Hut4
Days Hotel1Plato's Closet2
Deb2Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Domino's Pizza9RadioShack9
DressBarn1Raymour & Flanigan1
Dressbarn1Red Robin1
Dunkin Donuts21Rite Aid21
Express1Ruby Tuesday2
Extended Stay America2Rue211
Famous Footwear4SAS Shoes1
Fashion Bug1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx77Safeway4
Finish Line1Sam's Club1
Firestone Complete Auto Care3Sears7
Foot Locker2Sheraton1
Forever 211Spencer Gifts2
GNC11Sprint Nextel6
GameStop12Staples6
Gap2Starbucks13
Giant8Subaru1
Goodwill2Subway17
Gymboree2Superfresh1
H&M1T-Mobile12
H&R Block10T.G.I. Driday's3
Haworth1T.J.Maxx3
Hilton5Taco Bell4
Holiday Inn3Talbots2
Hollister Co.1Target3
Home Depot3The Room Place4
Homestead Studio Suites1Toyota2
Honda2Toys"R"Us3
Hot Topic1True Value8
Hyundai2U-Haul17
JCPenney1UPS98
JoS. A. Bank1Vans3
Jones New York2Verizon Wireless4
Journeys1Victoria's Secret2
Just Tires1Volkswagen4
Justice3Vons4
KFC4Walgreens8
Kincaid1Walmart4
Kmart4Wendy's7
Kohl's3Wet Seal1
Kroger11YMCA11

Chester County on our top lists:

  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"