Only 1.8 square miles, West Chester is teeming with 19th century charm. Nearly 90 percent of this picture-perfect place, with its lovely town center and famed brick sidewalks, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town is also the proud recipient of the Great American Main Street Award. The Borough was recognized for its efforts to preserve the area’s historic and cultural heritage while modernizing the downtown into a fine-dining destination.
West Chester’s old-town charm is attracting individuals of all ages, including college students who attend West Chester University, young professionals who work in the surrounding area, and families and empty-nesters who enjoy its walkability and sense of community.
West Chester’s small town charm is in part what makes it a wonderful place to live. Its walkability, bustling downtown, and historic nature have given this 19th century town recognition as a livable and progressive community.
Renters and homeowners enjoy a housing stock that leaves many green with envy. A distinctive quality of some buildings is found in the use of serpentine, a sandstone-like mineral that has a mottled greenish hue.
Excellent schools are in abundance. Nearly 30 schools — public, parochial, and private — can be found in West Chester.
Located in the beautiful Brandywine Valley, West Chester is the county seat of Pennsylvania’s Chester County and boasts a healthy economy. More than 475 businesses are within West Chester’s Business Improvement District. A bastion of sole-proprietor shops, it features restaurants, art galleries, and professional services. Among the community’s largest employers are QVC, West Chester School District, West Chester University, and county government.
Additionally, West Chester’s proximity to the Great Valley puts residents within reach of employment opportunities in the pharmaceutical, financial, healthcare, and information technologies industries. Of the many accessible employers in the region, notables include Vanguard Group and Unisys Corporation.
West Chester is a wonderful place to get out and about. Its bustling downtown offers endless opportunities for entertainment, including restaurants, clubs, and an array of specialty boutiques and shops. You can sample wine, tour a brewery, meet a master chocolatier, and shop for stylish and vintage clothing just by strolling down the street.
The borough and chamber of commerce also sponsor many events throughout the year, including the May Arts Festival, Gallery Walk, Restaurant Festival, Harvest Festival, Halloween Parade, and Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration.
You can also find a world of wonders just outside the community. Local attractions include Longwood Gardens, the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford Winery, the Brandywine Battlefield, and Valley Forge. All are perfect excursions on their own, but add to the West Chester experience.
West Chester University also hosts a number of events, including concerts, lectures, comedians, plays, performances, athletic events, and more.