The small city of West Chester, Pennsylvania is home to approximately 20,000 residents. Young adults aged 15-24 will fit right in, as they make up an above-average percentage of the population, though young professionals are well-represented as well. Overall, the city's population, at an average age of just under 32, skews decidedly younger than most cities in Pennsylvania. Most residents rent in West Chester, and 38% of residents own their homes despite an average rent of $1,296 a month, considerably higher than the state average of $917.
West Chester residents have an average commute of about 25 minutes, outperforming the Pennsylvania average of about 28 minutes. Many residents (43%) drive their own vehicle to work, while public transit isn't extensively used. Few residents (10%) walk to work, though the number is well above the national average.
Workers are spread across a wide range of industries in West Chester, the most common five of which are entertainment, retail, education, healthcare, and scientific. Together, these industries account for 42% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the city's workers are in management, making it the top field in the city. West Chester workers take home an average annual income of about $72K, more than the average Pennsylvania resident. The city's average income, however, is fairly average compared to the national level of $73,345. Compared to the national average (21%), West Chester has a relatively high number of residents older than 25 who have earned a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree (26%).