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10. West Goshen, PA
West Goshen Township, PA
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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

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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
Town stats
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
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
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
From the September 2013 issue

Source: Onboard Informatics. Details

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