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Chester County, PA Public Records

Court of Common Pleas - Criminal
PO Box 2746
201 W Market St, #1400
West Chester, PA 19382 www.chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=202
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-344-6135
F: 610-344-6605
No credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor
Restricted Records: No juvenile records released
Court of Common Pleas - Civil
PO Box 2748
201 W Market St
West Chester, PA 19382 www.chesco.org/index.aspx?NID=1333
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-344-6300
F: n/a
Jurisdiction: Civil, Eviction
Restricted Records: No sealed records released
Register of Wills
PO Box 2746
201 W Market St, #2200
West Chester, PA 19380 www.chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=168
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-344-6335
F: 610-344-6218
Jurisdiction: Probate
The records go back to 1924 for Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court. Marriage Licenses go back to 1930. Records are either in paper or microfilm form. Email record requests to rwills@chesco.org.

Chester County, PA Vital Records

Contact the Chester County Recorder Office if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Chester County Recorder of Deeds Court Recorder
313 W Market St, #3302
West Chester, PA 19380
www.chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=169
8:30AM-4:30PM EST
Phone: 610-344-6330
Fax: 610-344-6408
Recorded Documents

Official Chester County Vital Certificates

Chester County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are official hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Chester County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 755.97 sq mi
Population (2009): 498,894
  • Females: 50.5%
  • White: 88.6%
  • Black/African American: 6.4%
  • Asian: 3.7%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 5.5%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 83.7%
Population Change (2000-2009): 65,393
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 5.5%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 8.8%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 5.8%
High School Graduates (2000): 89.3%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 42.5%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.65
Housing Units (2000): 163,773
Homeownership Rate (2000): 76.3%
Migration Flow to Chester County, PA from (2007-2008):

Chester County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $20,402,252
  • Construction: $1,098,359
  • Retail Trade: $1,287,990
  • Professional and Technical Services: $3,514,137
  • Healthcare: $1,658,712
  • Banking: $2,630,111
  • Retail Trade: $1,287,990
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $326,017
  • Manufacturing: $2,020,255
  • Farms: $145,137
  • Government: $1,484,530
Employed (2000): 221,255
Unemployed (2000): 8,214
Unemployment Rate (2009): 6.2%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $58,130
Local Government Employment (2007): 16,557
Local Government Revenue (2007): $1,265,177 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $1,979,029 (thou. dol.)

Chester County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 6,093
  • Per 1,000 population: 12.5
Deaths (2007): 3,418
  • Per 1,000 population: 7.0
Infant Deaths (2007): 41
  • Per 1,000 population: 6.7

Chester County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 896
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 9
  • Forcible rape: 104
  • Robbery: 260
  • Aggravated Assault: 523
Property Crimes (2008): 7,785
  • Burglary: 1,468
  • Larceny-Theft: 5,933
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 384

Chester County Genealogy Records

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