Demographics

Chester County, Pennsylvania’s land area is 759 square miles. It contains 73 municipalities consisting of 57 townships, 15 boroughs, and one city (Coatesville). The county seat is the Borough of West Chester. 

  • Chester County’s population is 516,312, an increase of 12,415 (2.5%) since 2011. 
  • 15% of the population is age 65 and older, a 20% increase since 2011.
  • There are 13,094 residents (2.5%) that identify as “two or more races,” which is an increase of 42% since 2011.
  • 45,706 residents (8.9%) were born outside of the US.
  • 57,247 residents (11.8%) speak a language other than English at home, a 7.8% increase since 2011.
  • 7,819 workers take public transportation to work, an increase of 19.2% since 2011.
  • Median household income is $92,407, up by 16.7% since 2011.
  • In 2016, 5,255 Chester County families (4.0%) were below the poverty level, down from the 4.5% level in 2011.
  • 8.3% of children under 18 years and 4.6% of residents age 65 and older live below the poverty level.
  • The number of residents age 25 and over without a high school diploma decreased 6.3% since 2011 to 23,434.
  • Over half of residents (51.1%) age 25 and older have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. 
    • The highest educational attainment for 31.2% of residents age 25 and over is a Bachelor’s degree
    • 19.9% age 25 and over have a graduate or professional degree. Those with a Bachelor’s degree increased by 16.9% and those with a Graduate degree increased by 10.9% since 2011.
  • There are 197,721 housing units in Chester County, an increase of 2.0% increase since 2011. 
  • The median home value is $347,700 and the median rent is $1,209. Both values have increased by 8% since 2011.
  • 74% of the housing units in Chester County are owner-occupied.
  • Nearly 40% of renters pay 35% or more of household income toward housing costs.
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For questions or additional information regarding this data, contact the Chester County Planning Commission at 610-344-6285.

Data Notes
Based on most recent U.S. Census data from 2016 utilizing: U.S. Census 2011 & 2016 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates (published in 2012 and 2017)
Data Accessed: January 2018
Monetary values not adjusted for inflation