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 524,989 an increase of 12,205 (2.4%) since 2014. 
  • 16.6% of the population is age 65 and older, a 18% increase since 2014.
  • There are 15,230 residents (2.9% of the total population) that identify as “two or more races.”
  • 47,769 residents (9.1% of the total population) were born outside of the US.
  • 61,835 residents (12.5% of the total population) speak a language other than English at home, a 4.3% increase since 2014.
  • 7,091 workers take public transportation to work.
  • Median household income is $102,016, up by 19.5% since 2014.
  • In 2019, 4,641 Chester County families (3.4%) were below the poverty level.
  • 6.1% of children under 18 years and 5.2% 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 19.3% since 2014 to 21,636.
  • Over half of residents (61%) age 25 and older have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. 
    • The highest educational attainment for 32% of residents age 25 and over is a Bachelor’s degree
    • 22.7% age 25 and over have a graduate or professional degree. Those with a Bachelor’s degree increased by 14.4% and those with a Graduate degree increased by 16.2% since 2014.
  • There are 203,192 housing units in Chester County, an increase of 3.9% increase since 2014. 
  • The median home value is $379,300 and the median rent is $1,393. Home value has increased by 16.5% and median rent has increased by 15.3% since 2014.
  • 74.3% of the housing units in Chester County are owner-occupied.
  • 41.3% of renters pay 30% 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 2019 utilizing: U.S. Census 2014 & 2019 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates (published in 2015 and 2020)
  • Data Accessed: September 2020
  • Monetary values not adjusted for inflation