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Chester, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Chester is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Delaware County at latitude 39.8496 and longitude -75.3557. Delaware County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 13 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Chester, but most people and references simply refer to it as Chester, Pennsylvania.

The P1 Census Class Code for Chester indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Chester (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.84 sq. miles and a water area of 1.17 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chester: Chester Town, Oplandt, Upland, Uplandt.

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Chester, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 34,165
Population in Households 31,010
Population in Familes 24,042
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,155
Population Density1 7,060
Diversity Index2 51


Total Households 11,743
Average Household Size 2.64
Family Households 7,203
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 13,964 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,200 (30.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,543 (54.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,221 (15.9%)
Median Home Value $86,216
Average Home Value $93,810


Median Household Income $25,377
Average Household Income $35,596
Per Capita Income $12,941
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.13% 0.17%
Households 0.16% 0.18%
Families -0.04% 0.04%
Median Household Income   2.36%
Per Capita Income   3.44%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Chester, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chester to the other 1,764 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 15 99th
Population Density1 # 49 97th
Diversity Index2 # 96 95th
Median Household Income # 1740 1st
Per Capita Income # 1753 1st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Pennsylvania Census Data Comparison Tool.