Chester, Illinois

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Population in 2017: 8,514 (96% urban, 4% rural).
Population change since 2000: +64.2%
Males: 6,002  (70.5%)
Females: 2,512  (29.5%)
Median resident age:

40.2 years
Illinois median age:

38.0 years

Zip codes: 62233.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $36,008 (it was $39,079 in 2000)
Chester:

$36,008
IL:

$62,992

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $13,957 (it was $22,190 in 2000)

Chester city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $91,401 (it was $59,200 in 2000)
Chester:

$91,401
IL:

$195,300

Median gross rent in 2017: $589.

March 2019 cost of living index in Chester: 76.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 16.5%
(15.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 41.0% for Black residents, 24.5% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Chester, IL (2010)
    • 5,58465.0%White alone
    • 2,38827.8%Black alone
    • 5216.1%Hispanic
    • 570.7%Two or more races
    • 260.3%Asian alone
    • 70.08%American Indian alone
    • 30.03%Other race alone

Races in Chester detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Illinois and other state lists, there were 44 registered sex offenders living in Chester, Illinois as of November 28, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Chester is 195 to 1.


Crime rates in Chester by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
9
(113.5)
5
(63.5)
2
(25.5)
5
(64.1)
2
(25.5)
7
(9.0)
3
(34.8)
0
(0.0)
2
(23.7)
3
(35.6)
7
(83.5)
1
(11.6)
3
(35.1)
3
(35.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(25.7)
0
(0.0)
21
(27.0)
10
(116.1)
1
(11.7)
1
(11.8)
0
(0.0)
3
(35.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(23.5)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
17
(214.3)
21
(266.8)
26
(331.6)
30
(384.9)
23
(293.6)
1
(1.3)
0
(0.0)
8
(93.3)
11
(130.2)
10
(118.8)
9
(107.4)
16
(186.3)
10
(116.8)
11
(129.3)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
35
(441.3)
23
(292.2)
32
(408.2)
34
(436.2)
26
(331.8)
31
(39.9)
23
(267.1)
8
(93.3)
7
(82.9)
10
(118.8)
21
(250.6)
4
(46.6)
8
(93.5)
5
(58.8)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
76
(958.1)
93
(1,181)
86
(1,097)
94
(1,206)
38
(485.0)
62
(79.8)
50
(580.6)
26
(303.3)
34
(402.5)
64
(760.3)
66
(787.5)
49
(570.4)
13
(151.9)
3
(35.3)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
7
(88.3)
4
(50.8)
3
(38.3)
7
(89.8)
3
(38.3)
0
(0.0)
10
(116.1)
1
(11.7)
1
(11.8)
1
(11.9)
1
(11.9)
1
(11.6)
3
(35.1)
6
(70.5)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.7)
1
(12.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.7)
3
(35.5)
1
(11.9)
2
(23.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)209.9175.9162.2221.9124.821.6113.941.871.491.9149.096.966.872.3

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City-data.com crime index in Chester, IL

Crime rate in Chester detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 12 (9 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.06
Illinois average:

2.09
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Ancestries: German (14.2%), American (10.3%), Irish (4.2%), European (2.0%), French (1.9%), Polish (1.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 07/14/1873

Elevation: 670 feet

Land area: 5.89 square miles.

Population density: 1,445 people per square mile   (low).

Chester, Illinois map

133 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.6%
Illinois:

14.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,525 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,275 (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),
Brewer, MO (3.3 miles ),
Steeleville, IL (3.3 miles ),
Ozora, MO (3.5 miles)

Latitude: 37.91 N, Longitude: 89.82 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): The Home of Popeye

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,073 (+24.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,066 (57.5%)

Area code: 618

Distribution of median household income in Chester, IL in 2017
Distribution of house value in Chester, IL in 2017
Chester satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 3 buildings, average cost: $113,200
  • 1998: 6 buildings, average cost: $95,300
  • 1999: 6 buildings, average cost: $167,100
  • 2000: 9 buildings, average cost: $109,000
  • 2001: 4 buildings, average cost: $129,300
  • 2002: 3 buildings, average cost: $175,600
  • 2003: 2 buildings, average cost: $131,500
  • 2004: 2 buildings, average cost: $130,000
  • 2005: 4 buildings, average cost: $38,400
  • 2006: 4 buildings, average cost: $115,500
  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $200,000
  • 2008: 3 buildings, average cost: $265,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $55,000
  • 2010: 5 buildings, average cost: $79,200
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $89,500
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $140,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Chester, IL residents
Average permit cost in Chester, IL
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.6%
Illinois:

4.5%
Historical population in Chester, IL
Historical housing units in Chester, IL
Most common industries in Chester, IL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Public administration (17.7%)
  • Health care (15.9%)
  • Food (12.9%)
  • Educational services (7.0%)
  • Transportation equipment (5.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.0%)
  • Construction (3.7%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Public administration (19.8%)
  • Food (16.2%)
  • Health care (9.2%)
  • Construction (6.2%)
  • Transportation equipment (6.1%)
  • Educational services (3.9%)
  • Truck transportation (3.8%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (23.9%)
  • Public administration (15.3%)
  • Educational services (10.7%)
  • Food (9.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.9%)
  • Transportation equipment (4.5%)
  • Social assistance (4.0%)
Most common occupations in Chester, IL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.8%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (3.7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.2%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (2.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (10.9%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.2%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.5%)
  • Top executives (4.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.4%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10.9%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.4%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.8%)
  • Registered nurses (3.7%)

Average climate in Chester, Illinois

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Chester, Illinois environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 70.8. This is about average.

City:

70.8
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2015 was 1.19. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 18.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.19
U.S.:

1.79
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 33.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

33.3
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 7.95. This is about average. Closest monitor was 13.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.95
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Chester-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Illinois state average. It is 92% 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 slightly above Illinois state average. It is 74% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 111.7 miles away from the city center
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) earthquake occurred 54.0 miles away from Chester 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 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 122.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 111.5 miles away from Chester center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 114.2 miles away from Chester center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Randolph County (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 12, Tornadoes: 5, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Chester topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Chester:

  • MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Government - Hospital District or Authority, 1900 STATE STREET)
  • CHESTER REHAB AND NURSING CENTER (770 STATE STREET)
  • THREE SPRINGS LODGE NURSING HOME, LLC (161 THREE SPRINGS ROAD)
  • FMC - RANDOLPH COUNTY (102 MEMORIAL DRIVE)

Heliports located in Chester:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Chester:

  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (about 36 miles; Carbondale, IL; Full-time enrollment: 14,539)
  • Mineral Area College (about 37 miles; Park Hills, MO; FT enrollment: 2,837)
  • John A Logan College (about 42 miles; Carterville, IL; FT enrollment: 3,995)
  • Southwestern Illinois College (about 43 miles; Belleville, IL; FT enrollment: 9,085)
  • Southeast Missouri State University (about 45 miles; Cape Girardeau, MO; FT enrollment: 9,678)
  • Jefferson College (about 47 miles; Hillsboro, MO; FT enrollment: 3,975)
  • McKendree University (about 49 miles; Lebanon, IL; FT enrollment: 2,564)

Public high school in Chester:

Public elementary/middle school in Chester:

Private elementary/middle schools in Chester:

  • ST JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 170, Location: 302 W HOLMES ST, Grades: PK-8)
  • ST MARYS SCHOOL (Students: 110, Location: 835 SWANWICK ST, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in Chester

Library in Chester:

  • CHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $147,558; Location: 733 STATE STREET; 36,102 books; 787 audio materials; 612 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 16 state licensed databases; 1 other licensed databases; 42 print serial subscriptions; 1 electronic serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Chester is the "Home of Popeye." There is a popeye statue near the bridge across the Mississippi River to Missouri.

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Chester: Menard Correctional Center (A), Chester Public Library (B), Randolph County Courthouse (C), Randolph County Jail (D), Saint Anns Home (E), MedStar Ambulance (F), Chester Fire Department (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Chester include: First Apostolic Pentecostal Church (A), First Baptist Church (B), First Presbyterian Church (C), First United Methodist Church (D), Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church (E), Saint Marys Roman Catholic Church (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Saint Marys Cemetery (1), Evergreen Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Wardens Pond (A), Birchlers Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Chester: Cole Memorial Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotels: Hi-3 Motel (8 Units Route 3 North), Best Western Reids Inn (2150 State Street).

Birthplace of: E. C. Segar - Cartoonist, Tom Wham - Game designer and artist.

Randolph County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Chester and their reported violations in the past:

CHESTER (Population served: 8,702, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In MAR-2008. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (APR-02-2008), St Public Notif requested (APR-14-2008), St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-14-2008), St Public Notif received (APR-15-2008), St BCA signed (APR-18-2008), St Compliance achieved (MAY-08-2008)
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In FEB-2008. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-17-2008), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-17-2008), St Formal NOV issued (APR-02-2008), St Public Notif received (APR-15-2008), St BCA signed (APR-18-2008), St Compliance achieved (MAY-08-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monthly Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In JAN-2013, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-13-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-13-2013), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-20-2013), St Compliance achieved (MAR-06-2013), St Public Notif received (MAR-25-2013)
  • Treatment Technique Precursor Removal - Between JAN-2012 and MAR-2012, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-16-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-16-2012), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-01-2012), St Public Notif received (MAY-21-2012), St Compliance achieved (JUN-29-2012)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2012 and MAR-2012, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-14-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-14-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAR-21-2012), St Public Notif received (MAY-21-2012)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2011 and JUN-2011, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-15-2011), St Compliance achieved (JUL-18-2011)
  • One minor monitoring violation
Average household size:
This city:

2.3 people
Illinois:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

62.3%
Whole state:

65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.7%
Whole state:

6.3%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

People in group quarters in Chester in 2010:

  • 3,571 people in state prisons
  • 241 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 166 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 7 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Chester in 2000:

  • 297 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 180 people in nursing homes
  • 8 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 5 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 2 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere

Banks with branches in Chester (2011 data):

  • Buena Vista National Bank: Chester Market Place Branch at 800 Chester Center, branch established on 1999/10/04; at 1309 Swanwick Street, branch established on 1905/01/01. Info updated 2008/06/04: Bank assets: $137.4 mil, Deposits: $112.6 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Buena Vista Bancorp, Inc.
  • First Bank: Chester Branch at 2231 State Street, branch established on 1890/01/01. Info updated 2007/12/04: Bank assets: $6,579.8 mil, Deposits: $5,800.6 mil, headquarters in Creve Coeur, MO, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 148 total offices, Holding Company: First Banks, Inc.
  • Chester National Bank: at 1112 State Street, branch established on 1919/01/01. Info updated 2011/02/09: Bank assets: $84.9 mil, Deposits: $75.7 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Chester Bancorp, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Chester:

Marital status in Chester, IL
  • Never married: 48.8%
  • Now married: 30.5%
  • Separated: 2.2%
  • Widowed: 5.7%
  • Divorced: 12.7%

For population 25 years and over in Chester:

  • High school or higher: 67.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 7.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.9%
  • Unemployed: 5.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.3
Illinois average:

12.2

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Chester
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Chester, IL (based on Randolph County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant9,74137
Catholic7,38110
Mainline Protestant4,35223
Black Protestant7073
Other2223
None11,073-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
Randolph County:

2.44 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.31 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Here:

0.31 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Randolph County:

5.49 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 26
Randolph County:

7.94 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.5%
Illinois:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.3%
Illinois:

25.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

19.7%
Illinois:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

48.2%
Illinois:

48.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Chester:

42.0%
State:

45.7%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.9
Illinois:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

20.3%
Illinois:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

13.3%
Illinois:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

34.1%
Illinois:

33.2%

General health condition:
Chester:

52.9%
Illinois:

55.4%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

75.5%
Illinois:

79.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Chester, IL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Streets and Highways 9$28,676$38,2351$300
Water Supply 9$30,382$40,5090$0
Police Protection - Officers 8$38,190$57,2858$4,014
Sewerage 5$16,894$40,5460$0
Police - Other 3$10,610$42,4407$3,186
Financial Administration 3$7,658$30,6321$500
Other and Unallocable 2$6,526$39,1561$806
Local Libraries 2$4,848$29,0887$2,414
Gas Supply 2$6,496$38,9760$0
Parks and Recreation 2$8,590$51,54015$6,488
Other Government Administration 2$7,042$42,25210$5,726
Firefighters 0$0 18$3,424
Totals for Government 47$165,912$42,36168$26,858

Chester government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Parks and Recreation: $25,000 ($2.94)
  • Current Operations - Gas Utilities: $2,337,000 ($274.49)
    Water Utilities: $1,193,000 ($140.12)
    Police Protection: $1,003,000 ($117.81)
    Regular Highways: $945,000 ($110.99)
    Sewerage: $900,000 ($105.71)
    Parks and Recreation: $465,000 ($54.62)
    Central Staff Services: $432,000 ($50.74)
    Libraries: $165,000 ($19.38)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $142,000 ($16.68)
    General - Other: $115,000 ($13.51)
    Local Fire Protection: $100,000 ($11.75)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash and Deposits: $232,000 ($27.25)
    Corporate Bonds: $170,000 ($19.97)
    Benefit Payments: $155,000 ($18.21)
    Withdrawals: $17,000 ($2.00)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $63,000 ($7.40)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $146,000 ($17.15)
    General - Other: $42,000 ($4.93)
    Police Protection: $25,000 ($2.94)
    Libraries: $18,000 ($2.11)
    Water Utilities: $18,000 ($2.11)
    Central Staff Services: $13,000 ($1.53)
    Sewerage: $10,000 ($1.17)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,422,000 ($284.47)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $289,000 ($33.94)

Chester government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,260,000 ($147.99)
    Parks and Recreation: $65,000 ($7.63)
    Solid Waste Management: $48,000 ($5.64)
    Other: $38,000 ($4.46)
  • Employee Retirement - From Other Governments: $117,000 ($13.74)
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $25,000 ($2.94)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $54,000 ($6.34)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $161,000 ($18.91)
    Interest Earnings: $49,000 ($5.76)
    Fines and Forfeits: $23,000 ($2.70)
  • Revenue - Gas Utilities: $2,685,000 ($315.36)
    Water Utilities: $1,739,000 ($204.25)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,452,000 ($170.54)
    Highways: $293,000 ($34.41)
    Other: $269,000 ($31.60)
    Public Welfare: $1,000 ($0.12)
  • Tax - Property: $808,000 ($94.90)
    Public Utilities Sales: $496,000 ($58.26)
    Other License: $14,000 ($1.64)

Chester government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,420,000 ($988.96)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,080,000 ($949.03)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $340,000 ($39.93)

Chester government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $160,000 ($18.79)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,504,000 ($763.92)

3.94% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($37,407 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.94%
Illinois average:

4.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from St. Clair County, IL  0.79% ($42,121 average AGI)
from Perry County, IL  0.47% ($34,709)
from Monroe County, IL  0.46% ($49,226)


4.79% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($43,839 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.79%
Illinois average:

5.50%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to St. Clair County, IL  0.79% ($32,935 average AGI)
to Monroe County, IL  0.51% ($124,550)
to Jackson County, IL  0.39% ($31,022)
Businesses in Chester, IL
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Nike1
Best Western1RadioShack1
H&R Block1True Value1
Hardee's1Walmart1
McDonald's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Chester:

  • KMOX (1120 AM; 50 kW; ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)
  • WSDZ (1260 AM; 20 kW; BELLEVILLE, IL)
  • KSGM (980 AM; 1 kW; CHESTER, IL; Owner: DONZE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WDDD (810 AM; 10 kW; JOHNSTON CITY, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHCO (1230 AM; 1 kW; SPARTA, IL; Owner: HIRSCH COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING CO.)
  • KTRS (550 AM; 5 kW; ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: KTRS-AM LICENSE, L.L.C.)
  • WILY (1210 AM; daytime; 10 kW; CENTRALIA, IL; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)
  • KRFT (1190 AM; 10 kW; DE SOTO, MO; Owner: ALL SPORTS RADIO, LLC)
  • KZIM (960 AM; 5 kW; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: ZIMMER RADIO OF MID-MISSOURI, INC)
  • KJSL (630 AM; 5 kW; ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: WMUZ RADIO, INC.)
  • WMIX (940 AM; 5 kW; MOUNT VERNON, IL; Owner: WITHERS BROADCASTING CO OF ILLINOIS)
  • WCRV (640 AM; 50 kW; COLLIERVILLE, TN; Owner: BOTT BROADCASTING COMPANY/TENNESSEE)

Strongest FM radio stations in Chester:

  • KBDZ (93.1 FM; PERRYVILLE, MO; Owner: D/B/A DONZE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCIL-FM (101.5 FM; CARBONDALE, IL; Owner: LYLE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WXAN (103.9 FM; AVA, IL; Owner: HAROLD L. LAWDER)
  • KPNT (105.7 FM; ST. GENEVIEVE, MO; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KEZS-FM (102.9 FM; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: ZIMMER BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KTJJ (98.5 FM; FARMINGTON, MO; Owner: KREI, INC.)
  • KGMO (100.7 FM; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)
  • WKIB (96.5 FM; ANNA, IL; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS)

TV broadcast stations around Chester:

  • KFVS-TV (Channel 12; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • KBSI (Channel 23; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: KBSI LICENSEE L.P.)
  • WSIU-TV (Channel 8; CARBONDALE, IL; Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
Chester fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Chester fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 16Number of bridges
  • 420ft / 128mTotal length
  • $3,806,000Total costs
  • 21,975Total average daily traffic
  • 4,611Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Chester, IL - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11930-1939
  • 21940-1949
  • 11960-1969
  • 41970-1979
  • 61980-1989
  • 21990-1999
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Chester, IL

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Chester)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

80 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Chester, IL)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

10 (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:

14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Chester)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: DJI PHANTOM 3 PROFESSION (Category: Land, Engines: 4), Engine: Electric
    N-Number: 636QT , Serial Number: P78DCI10061058, Certificate Issue Date: 03/14/2016
    Registrant (Individual): P Brian P Dba Thomas, 616 Palastine Rd, Chester, IL 62233, Other Owners: Photography Birdseye
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-160 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 94 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8734D , Serial Number: 22-5915, Year manufactured: 1958, Airworthiness Date: 01/24/1958, Certificate Issue Date: 04/04/2019
    Registrant (Co-Owned): James R Rains, 1529 High St, Chester, IL 62233, Other Owners: Karen S Rains

2004 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2004 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 25. The highest number of fire incidents - 45 took place in 2010, and the least - 3 in 2005. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Chester, IL When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (50.3%), and Outside Fires (31.7%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Chester, IL
    • 18750.3%Structure Fires
    • 11831.7%Outside Fires
    • 4311.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 246.5%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Chester, IL
Most common first names in Chester, IL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William8777.7 years
John5575.5 years
Charles4975.6 years
Mary4880.3 years
Robert4366.4 years
James4368.5 years
Edward3779.6 years
Anna3682.1 years
George3274.7 years
Helen3178.1 years
Most common last names in Chester, IL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Eggemeyer5477.7 years
Smith2980.8 years
Welge2778.0 years
Mueller2274.7 years
Decker1878.6 years
Wilson1778.1 years
Draves1677.4 years
Gross1579.6 years
Blechle1481.4 years
Runge1385.4 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Chester, IL
  • 67.9%Utility gas
  • 23.1%Electricity
  • 5.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.5%Wood
  • 1.0%No fuel used
  • 1.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Chester, IL
  • 53.9%Utility gas
  • 40.0%Electricity
  • 2.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.1%No fuel used
  • 1.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Chester compared to Illinois state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Chester on our top lists:

  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards (population 1,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: material moving occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest positive percentage difference between never married males and females (15+ years) (with at least 1,000 males never married)"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest percentage of likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households) (population 5,000+)"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 100 cities with the largest percentage of males"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
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