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West Chester Is #1 College Town to Live in After Graduation

The Borough of West Chester tops a new list of the top 20 towns to live in following graduation from college.

The folks at rentcollegepads.com evaluated college towns, defined as those whose population is less than five times the enrollment of their resident colleges, based on these data:

  • The unemployment rate for those between the ages of 25 and 29, which gives some indication of how likely new college grads are to get a job.
  • The benefit of having a bachelor's degree compared to those without one in the town. They took the median income for those with a bachelor's degree and subtracted the median income of those without one to determine how valuable a bachelor's degree is in each town.
  • The town's percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with a bachelor degree, reasoning that "towns that are full of young, recent college grads are pretty great towns for college grads to be in."

With a population of just over 18,000 (according to the 2015 U.S. Census), West Chester had the fourth best score for unemployment (2.9%), the best income for those with a bachelor's degree ($49,079), and the fifth highest rate of like-minded people in the city (10.18%).

For WCU grads, there are myriad other benefits to staying in West Chester including the large number of local alumni with whom to network; the fact that, as a county seat, the borough offers job opportunities for many majors including criminal justice, political science, business, communication studies, and more; and a continued easy connection with the University's faculty and resources from the Career Development Center to the library.