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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, 2012 and 2017 (see notes for details)

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  2012 Total 2012 % Total 2017 Total 2017 % Total 5 Year Change Total 5 Year Change % Total
Population a.
Total Chester County Population 506,575 100.0% 519,293 100.0% 12,718 2.5%
Under 20 Years Old 137,512 27.1% 132,556 25.5% (4,956) -3.6%
20-44 152,860 30.2% 156,928 30.2% 4,068 2.7%
45-64 146,922 29.0% 148,052 28.5% 1,130 0.8%
65 and Older 69,281 13.7% 81,757 15.7% 12,476 18.0%
Total Households 184,574 100.0% 189,506 100.0% 4,932 2.7%
Race and Ethnicity b.
Asian (Alone) 20,696 4.1% 29,680 5.7% 8,984 43.4%
Black or African American (Alone) 29,531 5.8% 29,921 5.8% 390 1.3%
White (Alone) 439,939 86.8% 443,075 85.3% 3,136 0.7%
Other c. 5,979 0.8% 6,768 1.5% 789 13.2%
Two or More Races 10,430 2.1% 9,849 1.9% (581) -5.6%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 34,471 6.8% 39,229 7.6% 4,758 13.8%
Foreign-born population d. 44,785 8.8% 51,818 10.0% 7,033 15.7%
Language other than English spoken at home (5 years & over) 57,431 12.0% 64,583 13.2% 7,152 12.5%
Commuting Patterns e.
Take public transportation to work 7,464 2.9% 7,236 2.7% (228) -3.1%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 27 N/A 27.9 N/A 1.2 5.1%
Income f.
Median Household Income 82,442 N/A $96,656 N/A $214,247 17.2%
Median Family Income 108,903 N/A $128,022 N/A $19,099 17.5%
Families and People Below the Poverty Level g.
All families h. 6,581 5.1% 4,816 3.6% (1,765) -26.8%
People under 18 years 10,360 8.5% 7,610 6.4% (2,750) -26.5%
People 18 to 64 years 24,286 7.7% 20,392 6.4% (3,894) -16.0%
People 65 years and over 3,949 5.7% 4,824 5.9% 875 22.0%
Education i.
Educational Attainment (Ages 25+) 338,468 100.0% 353,899 100.0% 15,431 4.6%
No high school diploma 23,830 7.0% 23,651 6.7% (179) -0.8%
High school/equivalency 79,171 23.4% 78,569 22.2% (602) -0.8%
Some college, no degree 48,583 14.4% 45,025 12.7% (3,558) -7.3%
Associate's degree 21,048 6.2% 21,625 6.1% 577 2.7%
Bachelor's degree 101,219 29.6% 109,477 30.9% 8,258 8.2%
Graduate or professional degree 64,617 19.1% 75,552 21.3% 10,935 16.9%
Housing Units j.
Total Housing Units 193,868 100.0% 200,237 100.0% 6,369 3.3%
Occupied housing units 184,574 95.2% 189,506 94.6% 4,932 2.7%
Vacant housing units 9,294 4.8% 10,731 5.4% 1,437 15.5%
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 $322,900 N/A $355,000 N/A $32,100 9.6%
Median rent $1,141 N/A $1,250 N/A $109 9.6%
Housing Tenure k.
Owner occupied housing units 140,493 76.1% 142,912 75.4% 2,419 1.7%
Renter occupied housing units 44,081 23.9% 46,594 24.6% 2,513 5.7%
Renters paying 35.0% or more of household income toward housing costs 16,551 40.6% 16,346 36.9% (205) -1.2%

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 (2012 ACS) and 131,367 (2017 ACS) family households in Chester County
  9. DP02 Social Characteristics
  10. DP04 Housing Characteristics
  11. DP04 Housing Characteristics

Last Updated: Data accessed September 2018