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 522,046 an increase of 12,578 (2.5%) since 2013. 
  • 16.3% of the population is age 65 and older, a 18.4% increase since 2013.
  • There are 12,211 residents (2.3%) that identify as “two or more races.”
  • 54,041 residents (10.4%) were born outside of the US.
  • 64,583 residents (13.2%) speak a language other than English at home, a 12.5% increase since 2012.
  • 6,779 workers take public transportation to work.
  • Median household income is $99,119, up by 18.5% since 2013.
  • In 2018, 6,236 Chester County families (4.5%) were below the poverty level, a slight increase from 2013 (4.1%).
  • 9.5% 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 13.7% since 2013 to 20,498.
  • Over half of residents (54%) age 25 and older have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. 
    • The highest educational attainment for 31.8% of residents age 25 and over is a Bachelor’s degree
    • 22.2% age 25 and over have a graduate or professional degree. Those with a Bachelor’s degree increased by 12.8% and those with a Graduate degree increased by 3.7% since 2013.
  • There are 201,344 housing units in Chester County, an increase of 3.7% increase since 2013. 
  • The median home value is $367,800 and the median rent is $1,272. Home value has increased by 14.5% and median rent has increased by 8.6% since 2013.
  • 74.6% of the housing units in Chester County are owner-occupied.
  • 44.3% 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 2018 utilizing: U.S. Census 2013 & 2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates (published in 2014 and 2019)
  • Data Accessed: October 2019
  • Monetary values not adjusted for inflation