West Chester, PA at night

Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau

2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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Civics 62
Demographics 33
Economy 58
Education 67
Health 71
Housing 38
Infrastructure 46

#49. West Chester, PA

Home to just 20,000 people, West Chester, PA is a charming, historic borough located about an hour from downtown Philadelphia. This college town is vibrant and full of life, thanks to the presence of students and faculty at West Chester University. It has a historic downtown, top-notch health care offerings and great schools, making it equally as appealing to retirees as it is to young families. 

Top Colleges/Universities: West Chester University

Top Industries & Employers: Finance, retail, health care, education, and transportation and logistics

Weekend Plans: Catch a show at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.

Favorite Place to Feast: Limoncello, which offers authentic Italian cuisine right downtown.

Beloved Beverage: Any of the IPAs made by Levante Brewing Company, a fun brewery located in an industrial building just a few minutes from the university campus. 

Outdoorsy Activity: Love to ride your bike and meet new people? Join the long-running West Chester Cycling Club for a little camaraderie on two wheels as you ride the gently rolling hills in and around the borough.

Rooftop Bar: Más Mexicali Cantina, which has a spacious, festive rooftop space offering views of downtown.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Your pup will love shopping at locally-owned spots like All the Dogs, a downtown West Chester pet boutique with gear, treats, toys and everything in between.

Remote Work Perk: Whether you’re a burgeoning entrepreneur or a remote worker for an established company, you’ll fit right in at Align.Space, a warm and welcoming coworking space located in downtown West Chester. It’s got all the perks you need to get stuff done, including free printing, and a podcasting and recording studio.

One More Thing … The home-shopping network QVC is headquartered in West Chester, where it also has a state-of-the-art, 58,000-square-foot broadcasting facility. This is where QVC films and broadcasts all of its programs, complete with a live studio audience!

– Sarah Kuta

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