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(updated 2010)



Household Type By Tenure
(Chester County, Pennsylvania)

Family households:

Married-couple family:

Owner-occupied housing units : 94,454

Renter-occupied housing units : 13,297

Other family:

Male householder, no wife present:

Owner-occupied housing units : 3,699

Renter-occupied housing units : 2,549

Female householder, no husband present:

Owner-occupied housing units : 9,177

Renter-occupied housing units : 6,598

Nonfamily households:

Owner-occupied housing units : 30,765

Renter-occupied housing units : 24,419


(updated 2013)



Mortgage Status By Age of Householder
(Chester County, Pennsylvania)

Housing units with a mortgage:

Householder 15 to 34 years : 10,696

Householder 35 to 44 years : 23,653

Householder 45 to 54 years : 30,536

Householder 55 to 59 years : 11,916

Householder 60 to 64 years : 10,256

Householder 65 to 74 years : 9,597

Householder 75 years and over : 3,352

Housing units without a mortgage:

Householder 15 to 34 years : 877

Householder 35 to 44 years : 1,760

Householder 45 to 54 years : 5,119

Householder 55 to 59 years : 4,207

Householder 60 to 64 years : 5,274

Householder 65 to 74 years : 9,881

Householder 75 years and over : 10,971


(updated 2013)



Gross Rent As A Percentage Of Household Income
(Chester County, Pennsylvania)

Less than 10.0 percent : 1,951

10.0 to 14.9 percent : 3,450

15.0 to 19.9 percent : 5,749

20.0 to 24.9 percent : 6,230

25.0 to 29.9 percent : 4,722

30.0 to 34.9 percent : 3,725

35.0 to 39.9 percent : 2,703

40.0 to 49.9 percent : 3,992

50.0 percent or more : 11,459

Not computed : 2,882


(updated 2013)



Median Value By Year Structure Built
(Chester County, Pennsylvania)

Built 2010 or later : $368,000

Built 2000 to 2009 : $375,000

Built 1990 to 1999 : $363,400

Built 1980 to 1989 : $318,500

Built 1970 to 1979 : $287,700

Built 1960 to 1969 : $314,900

Built 1950 to 1959 : $282,400

Built 1940 to 1949 : $242,500

Built 1939 or earlier : $247,500


(updated 2013)







Percentage of Family Households in Chester County, Pennsylvania: 70.6%

Percentage of Family Households in Pennsylvania: 65.0%


(updated 2010)



Building Permits in Chester County, Pennsylvania

* Units are useful in showing how many separate living spaces
were built. e.g. apartments, townhomes, condos, etc.

    Buildings Units Cost
1999        
  Single Family 2,711 2,711 $378,268,614
  Two Family 2 4 $196,000
  Three and Four Family 8 30 $2,975,068
  Five or More Family 7 184 $12,651,352
  Total

2,728 2,929 $394,091,034
2000        
  Single Family 2,570 2,570 $373,977,026
  Two Family 3 6 $220,000
  Three and Four Family 10 35 $2,492,638
  Five or More Family 5 98 $7,290,000
  Total

2,588 2,709 $383,979,664
2001        
  Single Family 2,465 2,465 $370,730,918
  Two Family 2 4 $480,000
  Three and Four Family 2 6 $600,000
  Five or More Family 5 70 $7,207,500
  Total

2,474 2,545 $379,018,418
2002        
  Single Family 2,707 2,707 $412,800,356
  Two Family 5 10 $856,000
  Three and Four Family 3 12 $700,000
  Five or More Family 10 110 $6,517,550
  Total

2,725 2,839 $420,873,906
2003        
  Single Family 2,440 2,440 $361,073,394
  Two Family 1 2 $180,000
  Three and Four Family 4 14 $1,070,000
  Five or More Family 7 118 $9,483,938
  Total

2,452 2,574 $371,807,332
2004        
  Single Family 2,697 2,697 $412,985,108
  Two Family 3 6 $900,000
  Three and Four Family 4 16 $1,600,000
  Five or More Family 10 262 $20,000,000
  Total

2,714 2,981 $435,485,108
2005        
  Single Family 2,279 2,279 $417,646,260
  Two Family 0 0 $0
  Three and Four Family 5 16 $1,651,000
  Five or More Family 13 170 $14,036,253
  Total

2,297 2,465 $433,333,513
2006        
  Single Family 1,539 1,539 $321,246,670
  Two Family 3 6 $800,000
  Three and Four Family 2 8 $1,000,000
  Five or More Family 8 152 $23,923,044
  Total

1,552 1,705 $346,969,714


(updated 2007)



Median Household Income In 2000 (Chester County, PA): $58,125
Median Household Income In 2000 (Pennsylvania): $40,106


(updated 2010)



Median House/Condo Value in 2000 (Chester County): $436,000
Median House/Condo Value in 2000 (Pennsylvania): $94,800


(updated 2010)



Most Commonly Used Heating Fuel in Chester County, Pennsylvania

Utility Gas: 2.1%
Bottled, Tank, Or Lp Gas: 21.3%
Electricity: 9.4%
Fuel Oil, Kerosene, Etc.: 43.5%
Coal Or Coke: 8.4%
Wood: 14.5%
Solar Energy: 0.3%
Other Fuel: 0.5%
No Fuel Used: 0.0%


(updated 2010)





Population in Group Quarters in Chester County, Pennsylvania

Institutionalized population


  • Correctional facilities for adults : 6.7%
  • Juvenile facilities : 2.91%
  • Nursing facilities/Skilled-nursing facilities : 19.29%
  • Other institutional facilities : 1.34%

Noninstitutionalized population


  • College/University student housing : 51.66%
  • Other noninstitutional facilities : 18.1%


(updated 2010)







Median Gross Rent in 2000 (Chester County): $575
Median Gross Rent in 2000 (Pennsylvania): $531
Fair Market Rent in 2007 (Chester County): $958


(updated 2010)



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