In 2001, the Borough of West Chester was branded “one of the world’s most perfect small towns” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, a designation the borough is proud to boast. Historically, West Chester, the county seat of Chester County in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania, has been a haven of hospitality to visitors from around the globe, starting in 1769 when the Turks Head Inn offered refreshments to weary travelers. Incorporated right before the turn of the nineteenth century in 1799, this small town has quite a history.
The downtown district is so notable and so rich in history, in fact, that its entirety is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are over 3,000 colonial-era structures to feast your eyes on and multiple Greek-inspired buildings that have helped earn the borough its nickname as the “Athens of the West.”
With a modest population of about 18,500 and a median age of about 25, the area is a perfect place to settle as a young professional, but it also accommodates growing families and seniors as well. Homes are affordable and the charm of small-town life is ingrained in the atmosphere.
Though small, West Chester has actually seen a 3.2 percent increase in population since 2000. As the borough grows, so does its economy. The Greater West Chester Chamber and the West Chester Business Improvement District (BID), established in 2000, have been working together to fund and implement programs that increase customer traffic and recruit and retain valuable businesses. While this means that the borough is a great place to live, it also means that it’s a great place to visit. Vacationers have a wealth of shopping, dining and lodging to choose from as a welcomed side effect of this economic growth.