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Chester, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Chester had a population of 34,181 as of July 1, 2016. Chester ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chester is located at latitude 39.8456 and longitude -75.3719 in Delaware County. 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. Delaware County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 13 feet.

The City of Chester (GNIS ID: 1215175) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chester population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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

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Chester, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 34,181
Population in Households 31,100
Population in Familes 24,055
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,081
Population Density1 7,064
Diversity Index2 51


Total Households 11,659
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 7,146
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 13,857 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,146 (29.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,513 (54.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,198 (15.9%)
Median Home Value $74,678
Average Home Value $88,073


Median Household Income $26,041
Average Household Income $37,807
Per Capita Income $14,242
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.1% 0.17%
Households 0.0% 0.1%
Families -0.16% 0.01%
Median Household Income   0.06%
Per Capita Income   0.66%
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 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 16 99th
Population Density1 # 49 97th
Diversity Index2 # 106 94th
Median Household Income # 1743 1st
Per Capita Income # 1754 1st

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