March 29, 2017
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:
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.