Chester County, PA

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Population

522,046

0.53% growth

Poverty Rate

6.86%


Median Age

40.6


Median Household Income

$99,119

2.55% growth

Number of Employees

277,332

1.1% growth

Median Property Value

$367,800

3.61% growth

About

In 2018, Chester County, PA had a population of 522k people with a median age of 40.6 and a median household income of $99,119. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Chester County, PA grew from 519,293 to 522,046, a 0.53% increase and its median household income grew from $96,656 to $99,119, a 2.55% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Chester County, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (78.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.78%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.65%), White (Hispanic) (5.63%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.83%). N/A% of the people in Chester County, PA speak a non-English language, and 94.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chester County, PA are West Chester University of Pennsylvania (4,618 degrees awarded in 2017), Universal Technical Institute of Pennsylvania Inc (751 degrees), and Immaculata University (690 degrees).

The median property value in Chester County, PA is $367,800, and the homeownership rate is 74.6%. Most people in Chester County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Chester County, PA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Chester County, PA employs 277k people. The largest industries in Chester County, PA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (34,433 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (33,228 people), and Manufacturing (29,912 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($145,497), Utilities ($127,325), and Finance & Insurance ($85,571).

Median household income in Chester County, PA is $99,119. Males in Chester County, PA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,119. The income inequality in Chester County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$99,119

2018 value

± $3,319

2.55%

1 Year Growth

± 4.65%

Households in Chester County, PA have a median annual income of $99,119, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $96,656 in 2017, which represents a 2.55% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$69,779

Average Male Salary

± $1,106

$52,119

Average Female Salary

± $786

In 2018, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $67,044 ± $4,236

  2. White

    $54,569 ± $688

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $45,677 ± $16,041

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.23 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chester County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2018 Wage GINI

0.472

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.472% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 3002.02

  2. Census Tract 3001.09

  3. Census Tract 3001.07

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chester County, PA was Census Tract 3002.02 with a value of $196,964, followed by Census Tract 3001.09 and Census Tract 3001.07, with respective values of $193,000 and $190,592.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Chester County, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

6.86% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chester County, PA (34.4k out of 502k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    25,857 ± 1,172

  2. Hispanic

    6,705 ± 553

  3. Black

    5,476 ± 545

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chester County, PA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

277k

2018 Value

± 7,870

1.1%

1 Year growth

± 3.91%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Chester County, PA grew at a rate of 1.1%, from 274k employees to 277k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chester County, PA, are Management Occupations (39,463 people), Sales & Related Occupations (30,152 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (25,783 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chester County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Chester County, PA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (39,463 people), Sales & Related Occupations (30,152 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (25,783 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chester County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.26 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.92 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.89 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chester County, PA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($101,633), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($95,900), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($95,227).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

277k

2018 Value

± 7,870

1.1%

1 Year growth

± 3.91%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Chester County, PA grew at a rate of 1.1%, from 274k employees to 277k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chester County, PA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (34,433 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (33,228 people), and Manufacturing (29,912 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chester County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Chester County, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Chester County, PA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (34,433 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (33,228 people), and Manufacturing (29,912 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chester County, PA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.13 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (2 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.97 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chester County, PA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($145,497), Utilities ($127,325), and Finance & Insurance ($85,571).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $88.5B

  2. $57.4B

  3. $55.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $88.5B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($57.4B) and Pharmaceuticals ($55.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$671B

2020 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

42.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $671B. This is expected to increase 42.2% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $65.4B

  2. $62.6B

  3. $35.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $65.4B, followed by New Jersey with $62.6B and Ohio and $35.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.5% of the population of Chester County, PA has health coverage, with 60.8% on employee plans, 8.07% on Medicaid, 11.9% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 0.752% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Chester County, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Chester County, PA see 1154 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.774% decrease from the previous year (1163 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1510 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 494 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,154 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Chester County, PA see an average of 1,154 patients per year. This represents a 0.774% decrease from the previous year (1,163 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Chester County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.51%

Uninsured

60.8%

Employer Coverage

8.07%

Medicaid

11.9%

Medicare

13%

Non-Group

0.752%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chester County, PA declined by 4.05% from 5.75% to 5.51%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Chester County, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

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Diversity

Chester County, PA is home to a population of 522k people, from which 94.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.33% of Chester County, PA residents were born outside of the country (48.5k people).

In 2018, there were 13.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (412k people) in Chester County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 30.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 29.5k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2018, the median age of all people in Chester County, PA was 40.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Chester County, PA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Chester County, PA residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.33%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

48.5k people

9.13%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

47.1k people

As of 2017, 9.33% of Chester County, PA residents (48.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chester County, PA was 9.13%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    94,480 ± 7,519 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    85,267 ± 7,145 people

  3. China

    68,580 ± 6,412 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 94,480 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 85,267 and China with 68,580.

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Citizenship

94.4%

2018 Citizenship

94.7%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 94.4% of Chester County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Chester County, PA was 94.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Chester County, PA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    412k ± 1.11k

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    30.2k ± 1.34k

  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    29.5k ± 1.43k

In 2018, there were 13.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (412k people) in Chester County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 30.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 29.5k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Chester County, PA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,495 ± 1,104

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,202 ± 1,081

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,737 ± 840

Chester County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.78 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Chester County, PA awarded 7,119 degrees. The student population of Chester County, PA is skewed towards women, with 10,383 male students and 14,638 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chester County, PA are White (5,150 and 73.7%), followed by Black or African American (928 and 13.3%), Hispanic or Latino (437 and 6.26%), and Asian (182 and 2.61%).

The largest universities in Chester County, PA by number of degrees awarded are West Chester University of Pennsylvania (4,618 and 64.9%), Universal Technical Institute of Pennsylvania Inc (751 and 10.5%), and Immaculata University (690 and 9.69%).

The most popular majors in Chester County, PA are Automobile Mechanics Technology (603 and 8.47%), General Business Administration & Management (458 and 6.43%), and General Psychology (318 and 4.47%).

The median tuition costs in Chester County, PA are $23,160 for private four year colleges, and $7,583 and $15,707 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 271 degrees awarded

  2. 292 degrees awarded

  3. 273 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Chester County, PA was General Psychology with 271 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Chester County, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,618 degrees awarded

  2. 751 degrees awarded

  3. 690 degrees awarded

$7,583

Median In-State Public

$23,160

Median Private

In 2017, the Chester County, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Chester University of Pennsylvania with 4,618 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,102

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,017

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,102 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chester County, PA, which is 0.772 times less than the 4,017 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,150 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    928 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    437 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Chester County, PA were to White students. These 5,150 degrees mean that there were 5.55 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 928 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chester County, PA was $367,800 in 2018, which is 1.6 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $355,000 to $367,800, a 3.61% increase. The homeownership rate in Chester County, PA is 74.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Chester County, PA have an average commute time of 26.2 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.

Housing

Property Value

$367,800

2018 Median

± $6,852

$355,000

2017 Median

± $6,861

In 2018, the median property value in Chester County, PA grew to to $367,800 from the previous year's value of $355,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Chester County, PA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chester County, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$99,119

Median Household Income

± $3,319

193k

Number of Households

± 6,287

In 2018, the median household income of the 193k households in Chester County, PA grew to $99,119 from the previous year's value of $96,656.

The following chart displays the households in Chester County, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Chester County, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chester County, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

74.6%

2018 Homeownership

75.4%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 74.6% of the housing units in Chester County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 75.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Chester County, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

26.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chester County, PA have a longer commute time (26.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.66% of the workforce in Chester County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.5%

  2. Worked At Home

    8.6%

  3. Carpooled

    5.59%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Chester County, PA was Drove Alone (80.5%), followed by those who Worked At Home (8.6%) and those who Carpooled (5.59%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Chester County, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Chester County, PA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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