Best Places To Live

10. West Goshen Township, PA

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West Goshen Township, PA West Goshen

Top 50 rank: 10

Population: 22,421

West Goshen Township has a lush, suburban feel, with quiet, tree-shaded residential areas, lovely parks, and a full slate of community activities.

Looking for larger-scale entertainment? The King of Prussia Mall, America’s largest shopping center, is only 20 minutes away. Surrounding the town is store- and restaurant-packed West Chester, a hamlet that serves as the area’s unofficial downtown.

West Goshen also boasts an array of local employers, including Comcast and QVC, and is an easy commute to the economic hubs of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del. If your heart’s set on moving into a brand-new house, keep in mind that some newer residential developments lack personality and are expensive compared with older homes.

–Susie Poppick

West Goshen Township, PA

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $111,404
Job growth % (2010-2012) 2.02%
Median home price (2012) $321,500
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 30.1%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 21.0%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 17

Financials

Median family income (per year) $111,404
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $94,982
Sales tax (state) 6.00%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 3.07%
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 3.07%
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,711
Job growth % (2010-2012) 2.02%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $321,500
Average property taxes(2013) $3,833

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 71
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 30.1%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 21.0%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 95.6/4.4

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 73.7%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 17
Median commute time (in minutes) 21.5
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 17.9%
% population walk or bike to work 1.5%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 20
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 2,030
Bars (within 15 miles) 175
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 221
Libraries (within 15 miles) 41
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 17
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.8

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 42.05
% clear days in the area 56%
High temp in July ° F 85.6°
Low temp in Jan ° F 20.6°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 37.9
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 73.5%
Married % 59.0%
Divorced % 5.4%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 44.2

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