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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Chester County is located in Pennsylvania with a population of 512,028. Chester County is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. Living in Chester County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Chester County there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Chester County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Chester County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$331,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,222
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Chester County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    104
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    10
    41
  • Robbery
    31
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    147
    500
  • Theft
    972
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    47
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$88,995
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Chester County Reviews

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Chester County is a nice place. Chester County is the mushroom capitol of the world. Specifically Kennet Square. Every year on the second weekend of September we hold a mushroom festival. Chester county was the part of the land William Penn bought from the Native Americans when he settled here. I happen to live within walking distance to the meeting house where they say was the spot Penn and the Native Americans traded for the 1st time.
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One of the most beautiful places in the world to live. Top ranking public and private schools in the nation. West Chester and Kennett Square area has a lot of good eats and things to do. University of West Chester, University of Delaware, Villanova University, Swathmore and Rosmeont Colleges are all within easy commuting distance.
I love living in Chester County. The suburbs are beautiful. I enjoy the college town of West Chester and all of their restaurants/shopping. There are quaint little busy town centers but also so many outdoor hiking trails and wooded areas to explore. I feel like Chester County is a great place to start a family and has a variety of different activities you can do together. I love living here.