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Chester County (known colloquially as “Chesco”) is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of 2000, the population was 433,501. The county seat is West Chester. It is the wealthiest county in Pennsylvania.
Chester County is one of the three original counties of Pennsylvania created by William Penn in 1682. It is named for Cheshire, England. It is part of the Delaware Valley area.

History

Chester, Philadelphia, and Bucks were the three original Pennsylvania counties created by William Penn in 1682. At that time, Chester County’s borders were Philadelphia County to the north, the Susquehanna River to the west, the Delaware River to the east, and Delaware and Maryland to the south.

The fourth county in the state, Lancaster County, was formed from Chester County on May 10, 1729. On March 11, 1752 Berks County was formed from the northern section of Chester County, as well as parts of Lancaster and Philadelphia Counties.

The original Chester County seat was the naval shipbuilding city of Chester. However, it became part of Delaware County when it was formed from the eastern portion of the Chester County on September 26, 1789. This took the county seat out of Chester County, so West Chester became the new county seat that year, and has remained so to the present.

The former Valley Forge Army Hospital, constructed during World War II, was one of the largest military hospitals in the United States.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,968 km� (760 sq mi). 1,958 km� (756 sq mi) of it is land and 10 km� (4 sq mi) of it (0.51%) is water.

Adjacent counties

* Berks County (north)
* Montgomery County (northeast)
* Delaware County (east)
* New Castle County, Delaware (southeast)
* Cecil County, Maryland (south)
* Lancaster County (west)

State parks

* French Creek State Park
* Marsh Creek State Park
* White Clay Creek Preserve

Municipalities

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The post office uses community names and boundaries that usually do not correspond to the townships, and usually only have the same names as the municipalities for the cities and boroughs. The names used by the post office are generally used by residents to describe where they live. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Chester County:

Cities

* Coatesville

Boroughs

* Atglen
* Avondale
* Downingtown
* Elverson
* Honey Brook
* Kennett Square
* Malvern
* Modena
* Oxford
* Parkesburg
* Phoenixville
* South Coatesville
* Spring City
* West Chester
* West Grove

Townships

* Birmingham Township
* Caln Township
* Charlestown Township
* East Bradford Township
* East Brandywine Township
* East Caln Township
* East Coventry Township
* East Fallowfield Township
* East Goshen Township
* East Marlborough Township
* East Nantmeal Township
* East Nottingham Township
* East Pikeland Township
* East Vincent Township
* East Whiteland Township
* Easttown Township
* Elk Township
* Franklin Township
* Highland Township
* Honey Brook Township
* Kennett Township
* London Britain Township
* London Grove Township
* Londonderry Township
* Lower Oxford Township
* New Garden Township
* New London Township
* Newlin Township
* North Coventry Township
* Penn Township
* Pennsbury Township
* Pocopson Township
* Sadsbury Township
* Schuylkill Township
* South Coventry Township
* Thornbury Township
* Tredyffrin Township
* Upper Oxford Township
* Upper Uwchlan Township
* Uwchlan Township
* Valley Township
* Wallace Township
* Warwick Township
* West Bradford Township
* West Brandywine Township
* West Caln Township
* West Fallowfield Township
* West Goshen Township
* West Marlborough Township
* West Nantmeal Township
* West Nottingham Township
* West Pikeland Township
* West Sadsbury Township
* West Vincent Township
* West Whiteland Township
* Westtown Township
* Willistown Township

Census Designated Places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

* Chesterbrook
* Devon-Berwyn
* Exton
* Kenilworth
* Lionville-Marchwood
* Paoli
* South Pottstown
* Thorndale
* Toughkenamon
* West Goshen

Education

Colleges and universities

* Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (partially in Delaware County)
* Delaware County Community College (Exton and Downingtown Campuses)
* Immaculata University
* Lincoln University
* Penn State Great Valley
* Troy University (Exton Campus)
* Valley Forge Christian College
* West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Public School Districts

* Avon Grove School District
* Coatesville Area School District
* Downingtown Area School District
* Great Valley School District
* Kennett Consolidated School District
* Octorara School District
* Owen J. Roberts School District
* Oxford Area School District
* Phoenixville Area School District
* Spring-Ford Area School District
* Tredyffrin-Easttown School District
* Twin Valley School District
* Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
* West Chester Area School District

Independent schools

* Bishop Shanahan High School (Archdiocese of Philadelphia)
* Center for Arts and Tehnology (Administered by Chester County Intermediate Unit)
* Devon Preparatory School
* Malvern Preparatory School
* Villa Maria Academy (Malvern, Pennsylvania)
* West Fallowfield Christian School
* Westtown School
* Windsor Christian Academy
* Windsor Christian Preschool
* Upland Country Day School (UCDS) – Pre-K through 9th Grade