Profile for West Chester, Pennsylvania, PA
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West Chester is a borough in Chester County, in the Philadelphia-Camden metro area.
It is the county seat.
The latitude of West Chester is 39.960N. The longitude is -75.605W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 459 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 17,722.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our West Chester demographic reports
The community is nknown for its brick sidewalks.
Home of the QVC studios, where the shopping network programs are televised.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 117. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 6.5 per 1,000 people.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the community as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2006.
Well-known residents have included:
· Bayard Rustin, civil rights leader
· Samuel Barber, composer
· Philip Jamison, artist
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Goshen Country Fair - July 30-Aug. 4, 2007
Dates often change. Check West Chester web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Chester County Historical Society, American Helicopter Museum
Colleges and universities:
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
West Chester, within cannon sound of Brandywine, Paoli, Valley Forge, and other hallowed places of the Revolution, is the heart of fertile, rolling Chester Valley.
-- WPA Guide to Pennsylvania, 1940
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Ancestry & family history
15% of West Chester residents report German ancestry, and 18% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the West Chester ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in West Chester was $19,073, compared with $21,587 nationally.
39% of West Chester residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Historic districts in West Chester include West Chester Downtown Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in West Chester, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $630. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,304.
Libraries in West Chester include West Chester Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in West Chester include Daily Local
Chester County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our West Chester political report.
West Chester restaurants taking online reservations include Avalon, Coyote Crossing, Dilworthtown Inn, Gilmore's, Simon Pearce Restaurant West Chester, Spence Cafe ... View restaurants
The average commute time for West Chester workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in West Chester include Comfort Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn West Chester, Microtel Inn and Suites, Oakwood at Tree Tops.
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“ West Chester, within cannon sound of Brandywine, Paoli, Valley Forge, and other hallowed places of the Revolution, is the heart of fertile, rolling Chester Valley. ”
~ WPA Guide to Pennsylvania, 1940
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