For population 25 years and over in Chester:
For population 15 years and over in Chester city:
280 residents are foreign born (1.6% Latin America, 0.7% Europe).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $1,277 (1.7%)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: St. Louis, MO (54.4 miles , pop. 348,189).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (294.4 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Kaskaskia, IL (2.3 miles) , Lithium, MO (2.6 miles) , St. Mary, MO (2.7 miles ), Ellis Grove, IL (2.9 miles ), Rockwood, IL (2.9 miles) , Steeleville, IL (3.3 miles ), Ste. Genevieve, MO (3.6 miles ), Percy, IL (3.6 miles ).
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Latitude: 37.91 N, Longitude: 89.82 WNickname or alias (official or unofficial): The Home of Popeye
Daytime population change due to commuting: +1,279 (+15.0%)
Area code: 618
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 11 (8 officers).
Crime rates in Chester (2000):
Work and jobs in Chester: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute
Average climate in Chester, Illinois
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Chester-area historical tornado activity is above Illinois state average. It is 186% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 12/18/1957, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 33.3 miles away from the Chester city center killed one person and injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
On 9/22/2006, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 16.2 miles away from the city center injured 5 people and caused $7 million in damages.
Earthquake activity:Chester-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Illinois state average. It is 54% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 54.0 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 93.4 miles away from Chester center
On 9/29/1987 at 00:04:56, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 80.2 miles away from the city center
On 2/5/1994 at 14:55:37, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 LG, 4.2 MD, Depth: 9.9 mi) earthquake occurred 51.5 miles away from the city center
On 6/6/2003 at 12:29:34, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 MW, Depth: 1.6 mi) earthquake occurred 85.8 miles away from Chester center
On 6/15/2004 at 08:34:21, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 2.8 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 82.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), moment magnitude (MW)
Natural disasters:The number of natural disasters in Randolph County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1
Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 10, Tornadoes: 5, Heavy Rain: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Birthplace of: E. C. Segar - Cartoonist, Tom Wham - Game designer and artist.
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Air Quality Index (AQI)
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 29.0. This is about average. There were 42 monitors within city limits.
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 18.0. This is better than average. There were 29 monitors within city limits.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.81. This is about average. There were 24 monitors within city limits.
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 3.99. This is significantly worse than average. There were 62 monitors within city limits.
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 8.80. This is about average. There were 41 monitors within city limits.
Drinking water stations with addresses in Chester and their reported violations in the past:CHESTER (Address: 1330 SWANWICK , Population served: 8702, Surface_water):
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Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 20.6%
(19.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.2% for Black residents, 56.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 36.4% for two or more races residents)
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Religion statistics for Chester (based on Randolph County data)Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 63.33%
Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations
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Food Environment Statistics:
Number of grocery stores: 8
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Number of full-service restaurants: 26
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4.44% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,629 average adjusted gross income)
10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
5.21% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,192 average adjusted gross income)
10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.
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See more detailed statistics of Chester fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 3
Total length: 101 meters (331ft)
Total average daily traffic: 3,950
Total average daily truck traffic: 184
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Chester)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 56 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Chester, IL)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Chester)
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
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Total of 3 patent applications in 2008-2014.