Chester County residents like the county’s open space and scenery, but also value highly its proximity to metropolitan areas. They use its libraries and parks like gangbusters, and are confident its 911 and emergency response systems.
They do not, however, like the traffic and road conditions they encounter or the taxes they pay. They wish the county government would do more to help create job and business opportunities and manage the suburban sprawl that continues to plague the countryside.
In general, county residents see they place they live as an excellent place to raise a family, get a good education, and buy a home — even if they have a sense that it might not live up to the same expectations when looking to retire, open a business, or find a job.
Those, in part, are the results of a unique survey done to assess the quality of life in Chester County, completed earlier this summer by the Center for Social & Economic Policy Research at West Chester University. The survey results follow up on a similar project completed in 2009 by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.