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Time Zone: Chester County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of West Chester is the Seat for Chester County.

Chester County is one of the original counties of Pennsylvania and was founded in November 1682.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Chester had a population of 498,894 people. This is an increase of 15.08% since the last Census (which gave a population of 433,501 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Chester represented 3.53% of the total population of Pennsylvania, making it the state's 7th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2009498,894+15.08%+1.14% since 2008
2008493,281+13.79%+1.17% since 2007
2000433,501The Last Census

More information can be found on the Chester County Census Page for Chester County.


Below are some of the communities located in Chester County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Chester County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
West Chester   18,42917,8613.18% increase  
Phoenixville   16,64314,78812.54% increase  
Coatesville   11,76710,8388.57% increase  
Downingtown   8,0127,5895.57% increase  
Kennett Square   5,3105,2730.7% increase  

Websites for Chester County

Official Website:   www.chesco.org/

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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