West Chester Borough

Chester County, Pennsylvania

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West Chester Boro municipal offices are located at 401 East Gay St, West Chester, PA 19380.
Phone: 610‑692‑7574.


The Borough of West Chester [†] was chartered in 1799 as the county seat of Chester County. From its earliest settlement at a key crossroads until today, West Chester has served as a prominent town center in the region. Recognized for its unique physical and social characteristics, the Borough was selected as a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2006. Within its 1.8 square miles, the Borough is filled with charming historic neighborhoods, a bustling Downtown with a variety of shopping and dining options, and strong employers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The Borough's historic charm, walkability and strong community attract residents, employers and visitors alike.

The economy of the Borough is anchored by a range of educational, government, professional and retail sector jobs. The role of West Chester as the county seat and as the home of West Chester University generate a daytime and evening population of workers, residents, students and visitors who patronize the multitude of retail shops and dining establishments located in the Downtown area along Gay and High Streets. Community events such as restaurant week, festivals, parades, and "Swingin' Summer Thursdays" attract residents and visitors to the Downtown throughout the year.

West Chester serves as a center for arts and culture in the region. The University offers a full programs of theater, music and other special events. The Downtown is home to smaller venues including art galleries, music venues, and a future multi-use theater at the historic West Chester National Guard Armory on High Street. Cultural venues attract visitors from a wide area.

The Borough has a strong sense of place defined by the distinct character of its historic residential neighborhoods and business districts. The walkable neighborhoods, thriving downtown retail core, and diverse employment base anchored by major employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, all combine to create a bustling smalltown atmosphere. The Borough serves as a destination, attracting visitors from across the region.

Borough of West Chester Comprehensive Plan & Urban Center Plan. 2016, www.west-chester.com, accessed September, 2019.

Nearby Towns: Birmingham Twp • Chadds Ford Twp • Concord Twp • East Bradford Twp • East Caln Twp • East Goshen Twp • East Whiteland Twp • Malvern Boro • Pennsbury Twp • Pocopson Twp • Thornbury Twp • Uwchlan Twp • West Goshen Twp • West Whiteland Twp • Westtown Twp •

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