April 6, 2015 | Malcolm Johnstone
West Chester PA — In an article publish by the Philadelphia Inquirer on April 5, Chester County was once again recognized as leading the area in population growth. Since 2000, Chester County has grown by more than 77,000 according to US Census data acquired by the Inquirer. Between 2000 and 2014, there was an increase in population of 18-percent. That’s more than any other Philly area county and more than any other county in the entire state of New Jersey.
West Chester, the county seat, has certainly seen evidence of such growth with the construction of three downtown apartment developments plus several family units within the Borough.
According to the article, authored by Michaelle Bond and Caitlin McCabe, it is no fluke that Chester County has experienced such growth since it is “among the most affluent in the state, with low unemployment rates and plenty of job openings.”
With such apparent growth there are bound to be concerns of overcrowding. To that end, the county has developed a 10-year plan to balance development and preservation.
According to US Census estimates, Chester County has a current population of nearly 510,000, remaining one of the least populated in the region.