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Chester County at a Glance

Demographic Summary — Chester County at a Glance

Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates, 2011 and 2016 (see notes for details)

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  2011 Total 2011 % Total 2016 Total 2016 % Total 5 Year Change Total 5 Year Change % Total
Population a.
Total Chester County Population 503,897 100.0% 516,312 100.0% 12,415 2.5%
Under 20 Years Old 138,541 27.5% 133,991 26.0% (4,550) -3.3%
20-64 152,709 30.3% 154,186 29.9% 1,477 1.0%
45-44 146,513 29.1% 148,758 28.8% 2,245 1.5%
65 and Older 66,134 13.1% 79,377 15.4% 13,243 20.0%
Total Households 184,245 100.0% 187,188 100.0% 2,943 1.6%
Race and Ethnicity b.
Asian (Alone) 19,404 3.9% 25,578 5.0% 6,174 31.8%
Black or African American (Alone) 29,916 5.9% 29,721 5.8% (195) -0.7%
White (Alone) 441,438 87.6% 440,376 85.3% (1,062) -0.2%
Other c. 3,921 0.8% 7,543 1.5% 3,622 92.4%
Two or More Races 9,218 1.8% 13,094 2.5% 3,876 42.0%
Foreign-born population d. 41,710 8.3% 45,706 8.9% 3,996 9.6%
Language other than English spoken at home (5 years & over) 53,081 11.2% 57,247 11.8% 4,166 7.8%
Commuting Patterns e.
Take public transportation to work 6,559 2.7% 7,819 3.0% 1,260 19.2%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 28 N/A 28.8 N/A 1.2 5.1%
Income f.
Median Household Income 79,160 N/A $92,407 N/A $13,247 16.7%
Median Family Income 97,694 N/A $112,822 N/A $15,128 15.5%
Families and People Below the Poverty Level g.
All families h. 5,789 4.5% 5,255 4.0% (535) -9.2%
People under 18 years 10,582 8.6% 9,924 8.3% (658) -6.2%
People 18 to 64 years 22,345 7.1% 24,437 7.7% 2,093 9.4%
People 65 years and over 3,307 5.0% 3,651 4.6% 345 10.4%
Education i.
Educational Attainment (Ages 25+) 335,337 100.0% 349,419 100.0% 14,082 4.2%
No high school diploma 25,009 7.5% 23,434 6.7% (1,575) -6.3%
High school/equivalency 83,902 25.0% 76,114 21.8% (7,788) -9.3%
Some college, no degree 49,437 14.7% 47,498 13.6% (1,939) -3.9%
Associate's degree 21,015 6.3% 23,797 6.8% 2,782 13.2%
Bachelor's degree 93,321 27.8% 109,120 31.2% 15,799 16.9%
Graduate or professional degree 62,653 18.7% 69,456 19.9% 6,803 10.9%
Housing Units j.
Total Housing Units 193,933 100.0% 197,721 100.0% 3,788 2.0%
Occupied housing units 184,245 95.0% 187,188 94.7% 2,943 1.6%
Vacant housing units 9,688 5.0% 10,533 5.3% 845 8.7%
Homeowner vacancy rate N/A 1.6% N/A 1.6% N/A N/A
Rental vacancy rate N/A 4.7% N/A 5.3% N/A N/A
Median home value $321,500 N/A $347,700 N/A $26,200 8.1%
Median rent $1,119 N/A $1,209 N/A $90 8.0%
Housing Tenure k.
Owner occupied housing units 134,945 73.2% 138,679 74.1% 3,734 2.8%
Renter occupied housing units 49,300 26.8% 48,509 25.9% (791) -1.6%
Renters paying 35.0% or more of household income toward housing costs 18,678 39.6% 18,129 39.8% (549) -2.9%

Notes

  1. DP05 Demographic and Housing Estimates
  2. DP05 Demographic and Housing Estimates
  3. Includes American Indian & Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander, and those identifying as "Some other race"
  4. DP02 Social Characteristics
  5. DPO3 Economic Characteristics
  6. DPO3 Economic Characteristics; Monetary values not adjusted for inflation
  7. DP03 Economic Characteristics
  8. Based on estimates of 128,650 (2011 ACS) and 131,367 (2016 ACS) family households in Chester County
  9. DP02 Social Characteristics
  10. DP04 Housing Characteristics
  11. DP04 Housing Characteristics

Last Updated: Data accessed Feb. 2018