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As Cincinnati and Dayton continue to converge, West Chester has emerged as the economic center of the Cincinnati-Dayton Metroplex, the regional commerce corridor connecting the two major metropolitan areas. This super-region, with two international airports, ranks 17th in the nation with a population of more than 2.9 million. The Cincinnati region ranks 13th in the nation per capita for Fortune 500 companies.
West Chester today is Greater Cincinnati’s 5th largest community and is projected to become the 2nd largest community in the Cincinnati MSA behind the city of Cincinnati. West Chester was ranked as the fastest growing community in the region (1990-2000) by population growth. Population has more than doubled each of the past two decades and is projected to reach 67,989 at build out. Current population is just more than 61,000, making West Chester the most populated township in the State of Ohio.
West Chester is an employment epicenter in the region with nearly 3,000 thriving business and 50,000 employees. There is a labor force of more than 1.7 million within a 30-minute commute.
Several factors drive this employment growth such as: three of the ten largest regional industrial parks are located in West Chester, as are a full-service hospital, five universities; and the continued growth of the 7th largest public school system in Ohio, the nationally acclaimed Lakota Schools, which has ranked as Ohio’s largest “Excellent” school district nine consecutive years.
West Chester has consistently been a job growth leader in Butler County, Ohio. In 2008, Butler County outpaced all other counties in the 15-county metro area in job growth with 7,972 new and retained jobs; West Chester accounted for 5,031 or 63% of that total. Total dollars invested in new projects in Butler County for 2008 amounted to nearly $911 million; West Chester accounted for nearly $408 million or 45% of that total.