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.


Total Population 5,652
Male Share of the Population 44.9%
Female Share of the Population 55.1%
Senior Citizens 22.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,960
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 47.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $100,552
% Above Poverty Level 89.1%
% Below Poverty Level 10.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 9.4%


People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,413
Median House Value $320,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.4%
US/American 0.7%
English 12.5%
Irish 23.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bryn Mawr 3,436 $97,500
Chesterbrook 4,478 $133,056
Malvern 3,263 $85,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Paoli Hospitals

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

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Historic Paoli


Home of Gen. Anthony Wayne (Paoli, near Philadelphia) between 1900 and 1910
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