August 13, 2013 | Malcolm Johnstone
Describing West Chester as “a hamlet that serves as the area’s unofficial downtown” that is “store- and restaurant-packed,” Money Magazine (September, 2013) put West Goshen Township in the top-ten of Best Places to Live for America’s Best Small Towns.
We don’t mind sharing this recognition with West Goshen. After all, West Chester was part of West Goshen until 1788 and continues to be surrounded on three sides by the Township. If downtown West Chester makes West Goshen a more livable community, and Money Mag thinks so, we’re good.
West Chester Borough/West Goshen Township is part of 50 communities selected out of 1,326 towns with a population of 10,000 to 50,000 throughout the country. Four more tests were applied to see which would float to the top. Our diversity, strong economy, low crime, and over-all livability keeps us on the short list.
So if you’re looking for a great place to live, the Land of Goshen* is the place to be.
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*On March 4, 1681, King Charles II created Pennsylvania by signing the Charter of Pennsylvania that granted William Penn a province in the New World. It was named after William Penn’s father, Admiral Sir William Penn. Land was immediately parceled and sold for about 10-cents an acre in modern money. A Quaker sect from northern Wales purchase 40,000 acres in what became called the Welsh Tract in the Land of Goshen now occupied in part by West Chester Borough and West Goshen Township.