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West Chester, Pennsylvania (PA) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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24.8% of West Chester, PA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 51.6% greater than the poverty level of 12.0% across the entire state of Pennsylvania. Taking into account residents not living in families, 36.3% of high school graduates and 27.2% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 21.9% among disabled males and 30.0% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 90.1%. For comparison, it was 56.9% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in West Chester, PA

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2019:
West Chester:

24.8%
Whole state:

12.0%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2019:
West Chester:

15.0%
Whole state:

5.4%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
West Chester:

21.9%
Pennsylvania:

14.4%
Disability rate in this borough among poor males (it is 15.6% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
West Chester:

17.1%
Pennsylvania:

29.2%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
West Chester:

30.0%
Pennsylvania:

19.4%
Disability rate in this borough among poor females (it is 16.7% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
West Chester:

23.7%
Pennsylvania:

30.6%

Renting rate in this borough among poor and not poor residents:
Residents below poverty level:

90.1%
Residents above poverty level:

56.9%

Poverty by age in West Chester, PA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in West Chester
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in West Chester,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 4.2%Under 5 years
  • 0.0%5 years
  • 12.7%6 to 11 years
  • 15.7%12 to 14 years
  • 22.7%15 years
  • 35.0%16 and 17 years
  • 58.6%18 to 24 years
  • 9.9%25 to 34 years
  • 4.3%35 to 44 years
  • 1.4%45 to 54 years
  • 9.4%55 to 64 years
  • 4.5%65 to 74 years
  • 4.7%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in West Chester
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in West Chester,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 0.0%Under 5 years
  • 0.0%5 years
  • 7.6%6 to 11 years
  • 54.8%12 to 14 years
  • 0.0%15 years
  • 30.6%16 and 17 years
  • 56.6%18 to 24 years
  • 12.6%25 to 34 years
  • 5.9%35 to 44 years
  • 13.2%45 to 54 years
  • 13.3%55 to 64 years
  • 7.9%65 to 74 years
  • 7.4%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in West Chester, PA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in West Chester,PA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 8.9%Under 5 years
  • 0.0%5 years
  • 7.1%6 to 11 years
  • 17.3%12 to 14 years
  • 20.5%15 years
  • 2.4%16 and 17 years
  • 28.7%18 to 24 years
  • 4.5%25 to 34 years
  • 4.8%35 to 44 years
  • 3.3%45 to 54 years
  • 8.0%55 to 64 years
  • 4.8%65 to 74 years
  • 4.5%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in West Chester, PA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in West Chester, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in West Chester, PA (%)
  • 21.8%White
  • 35.0%Black
  • 0.0%American Indian
  • 49.6%Asian
  • 6.2%Other race
  • 42.8%2+ races
  • 22.7%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in West Chester, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in West Chester, PA (absolute numbers)
  • 2,746White
  • 420Black
  • 0American Indian
  • 205Asian
  • 78Other race
  • 1762+ races
  • 507Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 23.8%Below poverty level
  • 76.2%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 27.6%Below poverty level
  • 72.4%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in West Chester, PA

Children below poverty level:
West Chester, Pennsylvania:

11.7%
State:

16.6%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
West Chester:

36.3%
Pennsylvania:

18.9%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
West Chester:

27.2%
Pennsylvania:

36.4%
Poor families by family type
  • 20.4%Married-couple family
  • 14.4%Male, no wife present
  • 65.2%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in West Chester not in families by work experience
  • 2.5%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 72.5%Worked part-time
  • 25.0%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.0%Both worked full-time
  • 0.0%One full-time, other part-time
  • 0.0%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 42.9%Both worked part-time
  • 20.0%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 37.1%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.0%1999 to 2000
  • 0.0%1995 to 1998
  • 0.0%1990 to 1994
  • 0.0%1980 to 1989
  • 4.6%1970 to 1979
  • 0.0%1960 to 1969
  • 30.3%1950 to 1959
  • 4.6%1940 to 1949
  • 60.6%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.3%1999 to 2000
  • 1.7%1995 to 1998
  • 1.9%1990 to 1994
  • 4.1%1980 to 1989
  • 5.5%1970 to 1979
  • 3.8%1960 to 1969
  • 15.4%1950 to 1959
  • 6.7%1940 to 1949
  • 60.7%1939 or earlier
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