Valley Forge, Pennsylvania Education and City Information

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is located northwest of Philadelphia. Residents have easy access to numerous universities and colleges nearby. Get details below on Valley Forge's population, economy and school options.

About Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Valley Forge is a village northwest of Philadelphia and is most well-known for its role in the Revolutionary War. The village is part of Chester County, which had 516,000 residents, according to 2015 U.S. Census estimates.

Valley Forge National Historical Park is open year-round and offers numerous activities for tourists and residents of this area. In 1777, George Washington used this area as the winter encampment for his army of 12,000 soldiers fighting in the American Revolution. Valley Forge Park now has guided tours and living history events to commemorate the activities that took place during that winter.

King of Prussia Mall, one of the largest in the U.S., is also found near Valley Forge. This mall attracts both residents and tourists with its 3 million square feet of retail space. Other attractions in the area include the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Valley Forge Casino Resort and Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge.

Educational Opportunities

Valley Forge and the surrounding 20-mile area has dozens of public and private, non-profit postsecondary schools. Valley Forge Military College is found here. A 2-year school, it offers associate's degree programs to around 320 students. Eastern University and Cabrini College are two small private schools that are located near Valley Forge.

Villanova University is nearby, a private school with nearly 11,000 students. It was ranked 1st among regional universities in the North in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report. Bryn Mawr College is a women-only school that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. It was ranked 25th among liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News in 2016.

Other area schools include the Penn State Great Valley campus of Pennsylvania State University, Ursinus College and Harcum College.

Economy and Industry Info

Valley Forge is about 20 miles outside of Philadelphia, so many of Valley Forge's residents commute to the city. According to U.S. Census data, the industries in Philadelphia with the highest employment, as of 2012, include health care and social assistance (nearly 153,000 jobs), accommodation and food services (about 53,500 jobs), and retail trade (about 50,000 jobs).

As for Chester County, health care and social assistance held about 34,000 jobs, while retail trade had about 27,500 jobs. Also, there were about 24,800 jobs in finance and insurance.

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