A typical Chester County scene, filled with rolling hills and scenic horse farms.

A typical Chester County scene, filled with rolling hills and scenic horse farms.

Chester County residents like the area’s open space and scenery, and highly value its proximity to metropolitan areas. They use the county’s libraries and parks like gangbusters, and are confident about its 911 and emergency response systems. They do not, however, like the traffic and road conditions they encounter or the taxes they pay. And they wish county officials would do more to create job and business opportunities and manage suburban sprawl. In general, residents see Chester County 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 they plan to retire, open a business or find a job. Those observations are drawn from a unique survey completed earlier this summer by the Center for Social & Economic Policy Research at West Chester University assessing the quality of life in Chester County. Already the survey has been used in three public planning sessions during which county department heads gave proposals to county commissioners concerning goals their offices would strive to achieve in the coming five years in the areas of public health, public safety, and economic development. “It is good to know that people have a positive impression of Chester County, both where they live and with county services,” said Commission Chairman Ryan Costello.

Source: Daily Local; 7/28/2013

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