Background Materials — Forces Shaping our Future
How we Prosper

The county's commercial areas will need to adapt to changing market and demographic trends, such as demand for amenity-rich offices and experience-based retail.

The county has a high concentration of workers in diverse industry clusters, such as agriculture, financial services, health care, manufacturing, and technology.

The county had an estimated 309,000 jobs in 2015, with an additional 88,000 jobs anticipated by 2045.

Agriculture remains one of the defining industries for Chester County. With over $660 million of annual sales in 2012, the county ranked second in the state for the total value of agricultural products sold. Mushrooms, horses, and milk were key elements of these agricultural sales.

Mixed use development is creating jobs near homes.

Work place design is adapting to mobile technology and enhancing health and well-being.


Employment Density

Jobs are concentrated in a few places, with more than half of jobs in just seven municipalities. This has led to a jobs/housing imbalance that can lead to transportation and housing challenges.

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