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Overview

Introduction to West Chester, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania, in Chester county, is 15 miles N of Wilmington, Delaware (center to center) and 23 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

West Chester History

The community of West Chester, which was founded in the 1700s, was initially known as "Turk's Head," after an inn in the area. The borough was established by members of the Society of Friends. West Chester became the seat of Chester County in 1786 and was officially incorporated in 1799. The QVC studios, where shopping network programs are televised, is based in West Chester. Among the well known residents of the borough were civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, composer Samuel Barber, and artist Philip Jamison.

West Chester and Nearby Attractions

  • American Helicopter Museum
  • Brandywine Battlefield
  • Chester County Historical Society
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
  • Elmwood Park Zoo
  • French Creek State Park

Things To Do In West Chester

West Chester is home to the Chester County Historical Society, and the American Helicopter Museum. In addition, the borough is near numerous museums and historic sites such as the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Brandywine Battlefield, Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation, Brandywine River Museum, and Wharton Esherick Museum. Bayard Rustin Park, Hoopes Park, Everhart Park, and John O. Green Memorial Park are some of the popular parks in the community. Residents of West Chester also host annual events like the Goshen Country Fair, May Day Festival of the Arts, Harvest Festival, Turks Head Music Festival, and Halloween Parade.

West Chester Transportation

Air transportation is available from Philadelphia International Airport.

West Chester Higher Education

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is located in West Chester. Among the other colleges close by are Penn State Great Valley, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and Neumann College.

Demographics

People

Total Population19,434
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens8.7%
Employed Population 16+10,908
Age of the Population24

Families

% of people married21.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher52.9%
Median Earnings25+$42,473
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,923
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,757

Wealth

Median Family Income$87,847
% Above Poverty Level71.6%
% Below Poverty Level28.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work17.8%
% Using Public Transportation4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone33.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,183
Median House Value$320,600

Ancestry

Irish25.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.4%
Italian17.3%
English8.9%
Polish5.7%
French Except Basque2.1%
African1.3%
Russian1.3%
Swedish1.1%
Dutch1.1%
Scottish1%
Greek1%
Lithuanian1%
Welsh0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Slovak0.7%
Ukrainian0.6%
West Indian0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
German0.4%
Arab0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Ethiopian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Bahamian0.1%
British0.1%
Australian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Zimbabwean0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
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West Chester Almanac

CategoryValue
County Chester County
Standard Zip Codes19382, 19380
P.O. Box Zip Codes19381
Company Zip Codes19383, 19388
Phone Area Codes484, 610
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.95
Approximate Longitude-75.6

West Chester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationWEST CHESTER 2 NW
Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp21 to 40 F
Apr Temp40 to 63 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 66 F
Annual Precip47.8 inches
StationPHOENIXVILLE 1 E
Distance12.2 miles
Jan Temp20 to 40 F
Apr Temp39 to 64 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip43.8 inches
StationMARCUS HOOK
Distance14.1 miles
Jan Temp28 to 40 F
Apr Temp46 to 63 F
Jul Temp70 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 65 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chester Heights2,581$91,953
Downingtown7,940$69,153
Kennett Square6,139$75,040
Malvern3,343$88,750
Paoli5,813$100,174
Unionville232$51,250

West Chester Public Libraries

West Chester Public Library
415 NORTH CHURCH ST
West Chester, Pennsylvania
(610) 696-1721

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West Chester Hospitals

Lifecare Hospitals Of Chester County
(Proprietary)
400 East Marshal Street
(484) 826-0410
Chester County Hospital
(Non-profit)
701 East Marshall Street
(610) 431-5000

West Chester Public Schools

E N Peirce Ms
1314 Burke Rd
ZIP: 19380
(484) 266-2500
Middle
Total Enrollment 857
East Bradford El Sch
820 Frank Rd
ZIP: 19380
(484) 266-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 345
East Goshen El Sch
800 N Chester Rd
ZIP: 19380
(484) 266-1500
Primary
Total Enrollment 391
Fern Hill El Sch
915 Lincoln Ave
ZIP: 19380
(484) 266-1600
Primary
Total Enrollment 484
J R Fugett Ms
500 Ellis Ln
ZIP: 19380
(484) 266-2900
Middle
Total Enrollment 938
Mary C Howse El Sch
641 W Boot Rd
ZIP: 19380
(484) 266-1300
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Pennsylvania Leadership Cs
1332 Enterprise Dr
ZIP: 19380
(610) 701-3333
Other
Total Enrollment 2444
Sankofa Academy Cs
446 West Gay Street
ZIP: 19380
(610) 696-0333
Other
West Chester East Hs
450 Ellis Ln
ZIP: 19380
(484) 266-3800
High
Total Enrollment 1320
West Chester Henderson Hs
400 Montgomery Ave
ZIP: 19380
(484) 266-3300
High
Total Enrollment 1218
Chester Co Family Academy Cs
530 E. Union Street #2
ZIP: 19382
(610) 696-5910
Primary
Total Enrollment 91
Glen Acres El Sch
1150 Delancey Pl
ZIP: 19382
(484) 266-1700
Primary
Total Enrollment 552
Hillsdale El Sch
725 W Market St
ZIP: 19382
(484) 266-2000
Primary
Total Enrollment 568
Penn Wood El Sch
1470 Johnny's Way
ZIP: 19382
(484) 266-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 557
Pocopson El Sch
1105 Pocopson Road
ZIP: 19382
(610) 793-9241
Primary
Total Enrollment 649
Sarah W Starkweather El Sch
1050 Wilmington Pike
ZIP: 19382
(484) 266-2200
Primary
Total Enrollment 643
Stetson Ms
1060 Wilmington Pike
ZIP: 19382
(484) 266-2700
Middle
Total Enrollment 992
West Chester Bayard Rustin Hs
1100 Shiloh Road
ZIP: 19382
(484) 266-4300
High
Total Enrollment 1266
Westtown-thornbury El Sch
750 Westbourne Road
ZIP: 19382
(484) 266-1800
Primary
Total Enrollment 451

West Chester Private Schools

Chesterbrook Academy#15
1190 Mcdermott Dr
ZIP: 19380
Elementary
Total Enrollment 73
Discovery School & Camp
325 N 5 Points Rd
ZIP: 19380
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Goshen Friends School
814 N Chester Rd
ZIP: 19380
Elementary
Total Enrollment 61
Kanner Learning Center
390 E Boot Rd
ZIP: 19380
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 209
Kesher Israel Preschool & Kindergarten
1000 Pottstown Pike
ZIP: 19380
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Ss Peter And Paul School
1327 E Boot Rd
ZIP: 19380
Elementary
Total Enrollment 389
St Agnes Catholic School
211 W Gay St
ZIP: 19380
Elementary
Total Enrollment 336
The Goddard School
630 Sugars Bridge Rd
ZIP: 19380
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
West Chester Friends School
415 N High St
ZIP: 19380
Elementary
Total Enrollment 95
Childrens Corner
28 W Rosedale Ave
ZIP: 19382
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Kindercare Learning Center At Westtown
400 Skiles Blvd
ZIP: 19382
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Ss Simon & Jude School
6 Cavanaugh Ct
ZIP: 19382
Elementary
Total Enrollment 401
St Maximilian Kolbe School
300 Daly Dr
ZIP: 19382
Elementary
Total Enrollment 299
The Goddard School
703 W Nields St
ZIP: 19382
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
West Chester Nazarene Christian School
424 S Darlington St
ZIP: 19382
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Westtown School
Westtown Rd
ZIP: 19382
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 690
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