The lands of Goshen were purchased in 1681 from William Penn as part of the Welsh tract of Westtown. By 1704, Goshen and Westtown had become separate townships. In 1788, the formation of the Borough of West Chester reduced the size of Goshen. Finally, in 1817, the Township divided into East and West Goshen Townships. At the time of the 1820 census, West Goshen's population numbered 757.
West Goshen was primarily a farming community in its early history. Before long, many different businesses began to appear, including several women-owned enterprises. Trades such as cabinet-making, tailoring, weaving, clock-making, and wool-making characterized the area. The completion of railroads in the 1830s and 1850s facilitated the delivery of goods and services to the Township, and marked the migration of many Philadelphians seeking country residences.
By 1930, West Goshen's population had risen to 1,958. The farming community had grown into a suburban neighborhood. In 1950, the population was 3,500. The Township experienced its most explosive growth during the 1960s and 1970s, and today can boast over 20,000 residents and a balanced mix of residential, business, office, retail, and industrial uses.
Best Places to Live
West Goshen Township has been named since 2007 as one of Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" six consecutive times, most recently in 2017. Money Magazine ranks the top 100 "Best Places to Live" every 2 years and West Goshen Township has been in the top 100 "Best Places to Live" in: