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Chester, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Chester had a population of 34,569 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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Chester, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 34,569
Daytime Population: Workers 11,376
Daytime Population: Residents 22,153
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 33,529
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.97
Population in Households 31,493
Population in Familes 24,336
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,076
Population Density2 7,144
Diversity Index3 51


Median Household Income $27,477
Average Household Income $40,165
Per Capita Income $15,025


Total Housing Units 13,857 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,224 (30.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,563 (54.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,070 (14.9%)
Median Home Value $78,035
Average Home Value $92,335


Total Households 11,787
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 7,228
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.24% 0.23%
Households 0.15% 0.16%
Families 0.02% 0.09%
Median Household Income   0.35%
Per Capita Income   1.76%

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, 2017 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 Density # 52 97th
Diversity Index # 110 94th
Median Household Income # 1737 1st
Per Capita Income # 1751 1st

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