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West Chester, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of West Chester had a population of 19,092 as of July 1, 2017. West Chester ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Chester is located at latitude 39.9599 and longitude -75.6054 in Chester County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of West Chester (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.85 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Chester County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 449 feet.

The Borough of West Chester (GNIS ID: 1215079) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Chester population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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West Chester, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 19,092
Daytime Population: Workers 8,505
Daytime Population: Residents 8,616
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 17,121
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.90
Population in Households 15,245
Population in Familes 7,342
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,847
Population Density2 10,341
Diversity Index3 56


Median Household Income $51,693
Average Household Income $72,297
Per Capita Income $25,706


Total Housing Units 7,066 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,111 (29.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,411 (62.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 544 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $317,802
Average Home Value $354,098


Total Households 6,522
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 2,418
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.46% 0.45%
Households 0.4% 0.47%
Families 0.09% 0.26%
Median Household Income   2.26%
Per Capita Income   2.94%

West Chester, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Chester to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 37 98th
Population Density # 9 100th
Diversity Index # 84 95th
Median Household Income # 878 50th
Per Capita Income # 924 48th

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