Paoli, Pennsylvania

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Paoli, Pennsylvania

Introduction to Paoli, Pennsylvania

Paoli, Pennsylvania, in Chester county, is 17 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town has a population of 5,425.

Paoli History

In 1719 Joshua Evans' father purchased a 500-acre site from a certain William Penn. In 1969, Joshua Evans opened an inn which he named 'Paoli' in honor of the Corsican General Pasquale Paoli after receiving the 45th toast while celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The Battle of Paoli where the British launched a surprise attack on the American troops is also associated with this inn. The settlement that gradually developed around the inn gave rise to the modern Paoli.

Paoli and Nearby Attractions

  • Adventure Aquarium
  • Chester County Historical Society
  • Valley Forge Historical Society Museum
  • Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

Things To Do In Paoli

The place where the Continental Army camped during 1777 and 1778 can be accessed from Paoli. More than 2,000 men died at the site which is now referred to as the Valley Forge National Historical Park. The deaths were caused from shortage of clothing and other provisions during winter. The place has earned recognition in Rudyard Kipling's poem, The American Rebellion. The home of famous craftsman Wharton Esherick, who was recognized as "Dean of American Craftsmen" by the national art and design community, is also close to Paoli. Biking, horseback riding, hiking, and fishing opportunities are available at Ridley Creek State Park.

Paoli Transportation

Philadelphia International Airport is nearby.

Paoli Higher Education

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Penn State Great Valley, and Eastern University are located close to Paoli.

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High Points

Paoli strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Paoli Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Paoli College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Paoli Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Paoli Well-Paid Single Women
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 8% Paoli People in Middle Class or Better
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 12% Paoli Racial Diversity
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 15% Paoli Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Paoli Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Paoli, Pennsylvania

Comparing Paoli to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Age of the Population 9 8
Senior Citizens 9 6
Female Share of the Population 7 6
Racial Diversity 6 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 7
Male Share of the Population 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 6
Average Household Size 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 8 10
People Above Poverty 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Short Commute Times 6 7
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 9 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 1
Housing Recently Built 3 9
Affordability of Rents 2 1

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Paoli Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 17 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Chester
Standard Zip Codes 19301
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.041
Longitude -75.476

Paoli Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station DEVAULT 1 W
Distance 4.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 61 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 47 to 65 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
Distance 5.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 43.8 inches
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 40 F
Apr Temp 46 to 63 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 65 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
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Paoli Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,425 100%
Male 2,566 47.3%
Female 2,859 52.7%
Under 18 1,096 20.2%
18+ 4,329 79.8%
65+ 1,012 18.7%
Median Age 41.1
Average Family Size 2.89
White 4,933 90.9%
African-American 291 5.4%
Asian 143 2.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.1%
Other 21 0.4%
Mixed Race 31 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 46 0.8%

Paoli Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 19.8%
German 18.1%
Italian 14.1%
English 10.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.7%
US/American 5%
Scotch-Irish 4.1%
Polish 2.8%
Scottish 2.5%
Swedish 2%
Armenian 1.3%
Norwegian 1.3%
Russian 1.2%
Dutch 1.1%
African 1%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Swiss 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.6%
European 0.6%
British 0.6%
Arab/Arabic 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Other Subsaharan African 0.5%
Canadian 0.5%
Croatian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Pennsylvania German 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Bulgarian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Paoli 5,425 $69,519
Bryn Mawr 4,382 $66,369
Chesterbrook 4,625 $90,872
King of Prussia 18,511 $75,882
Malvern 3,059 $79,145
Norristown 31,282 $42,357
Phoenixville 14,788 $54,424

Paoli Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(610) 648-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Paoli

(As of 2005)
15 East Lancaster Avenue
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Home of Gen. Anthony Wayne (Paoli, near Philadelphia) between 1900 and 1910

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