10 Fun Facts About West Chester

What You Probably Didn’t Know

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At Timothy Off, we love being a part of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Our local HVAC and plumbing company has been servicing residents in the area for many years, and we’re always glad to help. We though it would be fun to write a blog about our home location and include some things you may not know:

1. There are about 19,000 people who live in West Chester. Of those 18,650, 45% are male and 55% are female.

2. The area used to be known as Turk’s Head, after the inn that’s now at the center of the borough.

3. From 1820 to 1830, West Chester’s population grew nearly 128%, from 552 people to 1,258 people. This was the largest population increase in the borough’s history.

4. West Chester is 25 miles west of Philadelphia and 17 miles north of Wilmington, Delaware.

5. The West Chester courthouse was designed in the 1840s by Thomas U. Walter, the same man who helped design the Capitol building in Washington D.C.

6. Compared to the rest of the country, West Chester’s cost of living is 39.6% higher than the national average.

7. The Bank of Chester County, Buckwalter Building, Farmers and Mechanics Building, Warner Theater, New Century Clubhouse, and Sharples Homestead are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

8. In Frommer’s “Best Places to Raise Your Family,” West Chester was listed as one of the “Top Ten Downtowns.”

9. The borough of West Chester was first settled in 1712 and became the governmental seat for Chester County in 1786. It didn’t become a borough until 1799.

10. The oldest continuously occupied structure in West Chester is the Dower House, which was built in 1712 by John and Mary Wall.

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