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Chester County, PA&

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0.07% growth
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2.1% growth
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0.97% decline
Median Property Value
4.45% growth


The economy of Chester County, PA employs 267,484 people. The economy of Chester County, PA is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Finance & Insurance; and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services, which employ respectively 1.93; 1.74; and 1.55 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Chester County, PA are Healthcare & Social Assistance (32,292), Professional, Scientific, Tech Services (31,405), and Manufacturing (30,670), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($107,944), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($83,500), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($80,292).

Median household income in Chester County, PA is $92,407. Males in Chester County, PA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,584. The income inequality of Chester County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.472 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Chester County, PA. In Chester County, PA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 86 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,709. Philadelphia County, PA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Pennsylvania.


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Chester County, PA is home to a population of 516,312 people, from which 94.6% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Chester County, PA is composed of 412,482 White residents (79.9%), 37,733 Hispanic residents (7.31%), 28,382 Black residents (5.5%), 25,578 Asian residents (4.95%), and 10,739 Two+ residents (2.08%). The most common foreign languages in Chester County, PA are Spanish (25,763 speakers), Chinese (4,525 speakers), and Other West Germanic (3,554 speakers), but compared to other places, Chester County, PA has a relative high number of Other West Germanic (3,554 speakers), Other Asian (3,480 speakers), and Hindi (2,362 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Chester County, PA awarded 6,786 degrees. The student population of Chester County, PA is skewed towards females, with 2,907 male students and 3,879 female students. Most students in Chester County, PA are White (5,034 and 74.2%), followed by Black or African American (859 and 12.7%), Hispanic or Latino (354 and 5.22%), and Unknown (161 and 2.37%). The largest universities in Chester County, PA by number of graduates are West Chester University of Pennsylvania (4,112 and 60.6%), Immaculata University (853 and 12.6%), and Universal Technical Institute of Pennsylvania Inc (790 and 11.6%). The most popular majors in Chester County, PA are Registered Nursing (477 and 7.03%), General Psychology (285 and 4.2%), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (257 and 3.79%). The median tuition costs in Chester County, PA are $32,608 for private four year colleges, and $7,238 and $18,096 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chester County, PA is $347,700, which is 1.7 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $332,900 to $347,700, a 4.45% increase. The homeownership rate of Chester County, PA is 74.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.1%. People in Chester County, PA have an average commute time of 26.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Chester County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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