West Chester, PA

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2022 Population
19,016
2.28% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Fetterman
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
24.6
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
21%
5.23% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$71,875
10.5% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$463,000
13.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
10,986
0.724% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, West Chester, PA had a population of 19k people with a median age of 24.6 and a median household income of $71,875. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of West Chester, PA grew from 18,592 to 19,016, a 2.28% increase and its median household income grew from $65,027 to $71,875, a 10.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in West Chester, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (70.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (13.5%), Other (Hispanic) (4.61%), White (Hispanic) (4.23%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.9%).

None of the households in West Chester, PA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.7% of the residents in West Chester, PA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in West Chester, PA are West Chester University of Pennsylvania (4,930 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in West Chester, PA was $463,000, and the homeownership rate was 32.9%.

Most people in West Chester, PA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.1 minutes. The average car ownership in West Chester, PA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

West Chester, PA is home to a population of 19k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.11% of West Chester, PA residents were born outside of the country (971 people).

In 2022, there were 5.25 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (13.4k people) in West Chester, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.56k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 877 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.7%
2022 Citizenship
97.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.7% of West Chester, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in West Chester, PA was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in West Chester, PA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    13.4k ± 716
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.56k ± 666
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    877 ± 365
11.3%
Hispanic Population
2.15k people

In 2022, there were 5.25 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (13.4k people) in West Chester, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.56k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 877 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11.3% of the people in West Chester, PA are hispanic (2.15k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    99,082 ± 7,698 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    90,229 ± 7,349 people
  3. China
    69,880 ± 6,473 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 99,082 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 90,229 and China with 69,880.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.11%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
971 people
4.91%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
912 people

As of 2022, 5.11% of West Chester, PA residents (971 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in West Chester, PA was 4.91%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    221 ± 113
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    152 ± 81
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    12 ± 23

West Chester, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of West Chester, PA employs 11k people. The largest industries in West Chester, PA are Educational Services (1,448 people), Retail Trade (1,365 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,289 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($87,813), Finance & Insurance ($81,875), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($80,163).

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,610. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

11k
2022 Value
± 774
0.724%
1 Year growth
± 9.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in West Chester, PA grew at a rate of 0.724%, from 10.9k employees to 11k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in West Chester, PA, are Management Occupations (1,388 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,291 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,128 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of West Chester, PA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

11k
2022 Value
± 774
0.724%
1 Year growth
± 9.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in West Chester, PA grew at a rate of 0.724%, from 10.9k employees to 11k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in West Chester, PA, are Educational Services (1,448 people), Retail Trade (1,365 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,289 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of West Chester, PA, though some of these residents may live in West Chester, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$52,588
Median earning men ± $8,200
$28,291
Median earning women ± $4,747

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($115,714), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($81,467), and Manufacturing ($80,391).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($61,250), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($59,712), and Manufacturing ($56,830).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 6.03M people employed in Pennsylvania. This represents a 2.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 18.1%.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Pennsylvania went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (48.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.15%).

Bob Casey Jr. and John Fetterman are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
John Fetterman
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Bob Casey Jr. and John Fetterman are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Pennsylvania have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in West Chester, PA awarded 4,930 degrees. The student population of West Chester, PA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 6,780 male students and 10,495 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in West Chester, PA are White (3,696 and 75.5%), followed by Black or African American (541 and 11.1%), Hispanic or Latino (287 and 5.86%), and Asian (152 and 3.11%).

The largest universities in West Chester, PA by number of degrees awarded are West Chester University of Pennsylvania (4,930 and 100%).

The most popular majors in West Chester, PA are General Business Administration & Management (505 and 10.2%), Early Childhood Education & Teaching (264 and 5.35%), and General Psychology (257 and 5.21%).

The median tuition cost in West Chester, PA for a public four year colleges is $7,716 for in-state students and $19,290 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in West Chester, PA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 87.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 23.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 17,275 (39.2% men and 60.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 17,275 students enrolled in West Chester, PA, 39.2% men and 60.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 12,611 records, of which 60.3% were women and 39.7% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in West Chester, PA was General Sales, Distribution, & Marketing Operations with 239 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
4,930 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Chester University of Pennsylvania with 4,930 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,759 men were awarded degrees from institutions in West Chester, PA, which is 0.555 times less than the 3,171 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 3,696 degrees mean that there were 6.83 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 541 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($7,716) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,811) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.733% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.743% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (3.5M), Bachelors Degree (1.98M), and Some college (1.83M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in West Chester, PA was $463,000 in 2022, which is 1.64 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $406,400 to $463,000, a 13.9% increase. The homeownership rate in West Chester, PA is 32.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in West Chester, PA have an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in West Chester, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in West Chester, PA is $71,875. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in West Chester, PA was Census Tract 3025 with a value of $78,155, followed by Census Tract 3024 and Census Tract 3023, with respective values of $76,536 and $70,114.

Property

$463,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$17,341
$2,302
Median Property Taxes
±$278

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Rent vs Own

32.9%
Homeownership
2022
62.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 32.9% of the housing units in West Chester, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 32.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 3025
  2. Census Tract 3024
  3. Census Tract 3023

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in West Chester, PA was Census Tract 3025 with a value of $78,155, followed by Census Tract 3024 and Census Tract 3023, with respective values of $76,536 and $70,114.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$71,875
Median Household Income
± $9,059
7k
Number of Households
± 628

In 2022, the median household income of the 7k households in West Chester, PA grew to $71,875 from the previous year's value of $65,027.

The following chart displays the households in West Chester, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for West Chester, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2022, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.123% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (66.4%)
  2. Walked (14.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (11.2%)

In 2022, 66.4% of workers in West Chester, PA drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (14.4%) and those who worked at home (11.2%).

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Commute Time

22.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in West Chester, PA have a shorter commute time (22.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.18% of the workforce in West Chester, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

21% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in West Chester, PA (3.11k out of 14.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in West Chester, PA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

94.2% of the population of West Chester, PA has health coverage, with 59.7% on employee plans, 11.5% on Medicaid, 7.31% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 0.677% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Chester County, PA see 1174 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.946% increase from the previous year (1163 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1455 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 388 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,174 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Chester County, PA

Primary care physicians in Chester County, PA see an average of 1,174 patients per year. This represents a 0.946% increase from the previous year (1,163 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Chester County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 16.6% under 18 years, 53.1% between 18 and 34 years, 21.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 8.83% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.7% were men and 54.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.84%
Uninsured
59.7%
Employer Coverage
11.5%
Medicaid
7.31%
Medicare
14.9%
Non-Group
0.677%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in West Chester, PA declined by 10% from 6.49% to 5.84%.

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