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West Chester is a borough located in the State of Pennsylvania. The State of Pennsylvania is also known as the Keystone State since 1802 due to its ability to produce the key industrial goods of North (rifles etc) as well as that of the South, like tobacco, cotton etc. It was the original Thirteen Colonies which formed the United States. It holds the honor of being the place where several important documents were signed, which also includes the Declaration of Independence. It is also nicknamed as the Quaker State. The residents of the state are consequently called the Quakers. Philadelphia is its most populous city. It has 51 miles of coastline along the Lake Erie and 57 miles of shoreline along the Delaware Estuary. Located in the Chester County, Pennsylvania is the Borough of West Chester. The total area of the borough is 1.8 sq miles. All of this consists of water. The borough is located at an elevation of 446 ft above sea level. The total population of the borough as per the estimates of 2000 is 17,861. In year 2008, it is estimated to be 18,315 with a 2.5 % growth rate. 71.6 % of the total population consists of non Hispanic Whites. Blacks make about 17.1 % of the total population and with that the biggest minority too. 58 % of the population follows Catholic Church. The borough has a climate that is typical that of state. Summers are short and warm. Average temperature in the hottest month of July can reach up to 85.7 F. March-May are the wettest months in terms of precipitation when it reaches almost 4 inches annually. June and July receive sunshine more than 66 % of the time. Winters extend from November to April. Almost 6 inches snow falls in the months of January and February. The borough is accessible via High Street.
The area where the borough is located now was originally called Turk's Head. It was named after an inn located in the area of the same name. The original location of the inn has become the center of the borough today. West Chester became a seat of government in 1786 in the Chester County. Society of Friends was amongst the very first settlers of the early. They came to the area in the early 18th Century. Several of the buildings of the time still stand today. Prime example is the courthouse, located in the heart of the borough. It was designed by Thomas Walter who was one of the architects for the Capitol. Today, the borough is a fast growing community. The borough has successfully been able to preserve its history and culture in the form of many museums scattered around the borough. Chester County Historical Society, Brinton 1704 House have preserved eons of cultural heritage of the borough. Marshall Square and Everhart Park make exciting picnic spots for the whole family. Sykes Theater does one heck of a job in keeping the locals' as well as the visitors' entertainment needs sated. The Annual Chester County Restaurant Festival of September is the highlight of the year; this event guarantees complete satisfaction of all your taste buds' needs and leaves them screaming for more. The borough of West Chester calls out to all lovers of food in September and they answer its call in big numbers. Each year the borough is flocked by thousands of tourists who come in looking for exotic dishes and are served according to their needs so when they leave, they leave satisfied. For a satisfying summer, grab your West Chester tickets for us now!