Those serving us in Chester County:
Terence Farrell – term ends January 2020
Michelle H. Kichline – term ends January 2020
Kathi Cozzone – term ends January 2020
As part of the formal review of Chester County’s strategic five-year plan, a Chester County Quality of Life Survey was conducted by West Chester University’s Center for Social and Economic Policy Research during September 2018. The results provide a comparison to the surveys undertaken in 2009 and 2013.
- Residents continue to give Chester County high ratings in terms of it being an excellent or good place to raise a family (94 percent), and nine out of 10 (91 percent) rate it as an excellent or good place to obtain a good education.
- The percentage of those who found the county an “excellent or good” place to find a good job increased from 62 percent in 2013 to 79 percent in 2018.
- The percentage of those describing Chester County as a better place to live increased from 25 percent in 2013 to 33 percent in 2018.
- Open space, scenery, and rural areas continue to be noted by respondents as among the best thing about life in Chester County.
- The top three “most important” or “one of the most important” issues were: maintaining the quality of water (83 percent), providing quality services while maintaining low taxes (81 percent), and the preservation of open space (77 percent).
- The issue of growth and land development in the county moved up from 42 percent in 2013 to 55 percent in 2018.
- Emergency services and the 9-1-1 system remain the most important services available to Chester County residents. 85 percent of respondents stated these are “very important” (up from 81 percent in 2013); 77 percent confirmed they would be very or somewhat willing to pay more county taxes for emergency services (up from 71 percent in 2013).
- The 2018 survey noted that 86 percent of respondents believe the county is doing an excellent or good job at maintaining county parks, followed by ensuring public safety (82 percent) and preventing epidemics or public health hazards (81 percent).
A summary of the survey may be viewed by clicking here.
Last update: March 7, 2019.