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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  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
    A
West Chester is a suburb of Philadelphia with a population of 19,888. 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.
About West Chester...
Population
19,888

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$362,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,218
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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Crime & Safety

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

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    4%
  • 18-24 years
    40%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    6%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in West Chester

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$58,500
National
$55,322
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West Chester Reviews

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I have lived in West Chester for 8 years. I attended high school and West Chester University and have loved both experiences. The downtown is packed with cute boutiques, coffee shops, small businesses, and restaurants. The nightlife is lively and fun! Absolutely a great town for people of all ages.
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West Chester is small but offers a nice and quiet area for people to escape the busy life of the city. Being a college town, one might think that West Chester is big on the party scene, but it is not overbearing. The community aspect of the town is very prominent and the borough is always busy with events relating to the University or small businesses that are thriving. Its a great place to either start your life after college in a small apartment, or settle down with a family in a safe neighborhood. West Chester offers a little bit of everything!
I am a student at West Chester University and I find West Chester to be an amazing place to live. There are always police officers around to keep the area safe and the nightlife is beautiful. There are always events happening here such as parties, bar events, or concert events. So far being at West Chester has been a great experience and I recommend it to everyone!