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West Chester
  • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA

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grade A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    grade A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    grade C+
  3. Housing
    grade C
  4. Nightlife
    grade A
  5. Good for Families
    grade A
  6. Diversity
    grade B+
  7. Jobs
    grade B minus
  8. Weather
    grade C+
  9. Cost of Living
    grade C
  10. Health & Fitness
    grade B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    grade A
  12. Commute
    grade A minus

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West Chester is a suburb of Philadelphia with a population of 20,033. West Chester is in Chester County and is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. Living in West Chester offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In West Chester there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in West Chester and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in West Chester are highly rated.

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About West Chester...
Population
20,033

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$389,600
National
$229,800
Median Rent
$1,293
National
$1,096
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    64%
  • Own
    36%
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West Chester Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
grade C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Assault
    88.7
    national  282.7
  • Murder
    4.9
    national  6.1
  • Rape
    34.5
    national  40.7
  • Robbery
    54.2
    national  135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Burglary
    226.6
    national  500.1
  • Theft
    1,202
    national  2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    93.6
    national  284

Residents

Diversity
grade B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    4%
  • 18-24 years
    40%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    7%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    national  13%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    national  20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    national  29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    national  27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    national  11%

Working in West Chester

Jobs
grade B minus
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,092
National
$64,994

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