Chester, Maine

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Population in 2010: 546. Population change since 2000: +4.0%
 
Males: 279  (51.1%)
Females: 267  (48.9%)
Median resident age:  44.9 years
Maine median age:  43.0 years

Zip codes: 04457.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $44,054 (it was $36,250 in 2000)
Chester:

$44,054
ME:

$46,709
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,565 (it was $14,600 in 2000)

Chester town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $116,947 (it was $67,000 in 2000)
Chester:

$116,947
ME:

$172,300
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $126,592; Detached houses: $146,327; Townhouses or other attached units: $373,924; Mobile homes: $68,968
Chester races chart
  • White alone - 538 (98.5%)
  • Two or more races - 4 (0.7%)
  • American Indian alone - 2 (0.4%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (0.2%)
  • Hispanic - 1 (0.2%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Chester: 153.4 (very high, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: United States (24.2%), English (18.7%), Irish (13.5%), French (7.8%), German (5.3%), Scottish (4.8%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 02/26/1834

Elevation: 257 feet

Land area: 44.3 square miles.

Population density: 12 people per square mile   (very low).

Chester,ME real estate house value index trend

Chester, Maine map

For population 25 years and over in Chester:

  • High school or higher: 78.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.7%
  • Unemployed: 5.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Chester town:

  • Never married: 25.5%
  • Now married: 56.0%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 8.6%
  • Divorced: 8.3%

6 residents are foreign born

This town:  1.1%
Maine:  3.3%



According to our research of Maine and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Chester, Maine as of June 30, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Chester to the number of sex offenders is 507 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is near the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Chester town:  0.5% ($317)
Maine:  1.5% ($1,417)
Chester satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Portland, ME (148.9 miles , pop. 64,249).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (249.6 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (415.8 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities: Lincoln, ME (2.0 miles ), Woodville, ME (2.6 miles ), Winn, ME (3.1 miles ), Enfield, ME (3.3 miles ), Burlington, ME (3.4 miles ), Mattawamkeag, ME (3.5 miles ), Lee, ME (3.5 miles ), Medway, ME (3.6 miles ).

Latitude: 45.42 N, Longitude: 68.52 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 207

Chester household income distribution Chester home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

9.0%
Maine:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Paper (28%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Wood products (9%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
  • Health care (3%)
  • Health care (25%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Food and beverage stores (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (5%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (5%)
  • Other direct selling establishments (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (13%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (9%)
  • Woodworkers (7%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Cashiers (12%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)

Work and jobs in Chester: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Chester, Maine

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Chester-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Maine state average. It is 93% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/2006 at 00:07:38, a magnitude 4.3 (3.8 MB, 3.8 MW, 4.3 LG, Depth: 4.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 76.7 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 262.4 miles away from Chester center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 303.6 miles away from the city center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 201.8 miles away from the city center
On 9/16/1994 at 04:22:42, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 16.5 miles away from Chester center
On 9/16/1994 at 07:01:54, a magnitude 3.6 (3.5 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 17.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Penobscot County (17) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 7, Snows: 5, Heavy Rains: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Chester topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Chester:

  • CUMMINGS HEALTH CARE FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; HOWLAND, ME)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Chester:

  • University of Maine (about 38 miles; Orono, ME; Full-time enrollment: 8,931)
  • Husson University (about 43 miles; Bangor, ME; FT enrollment: 2,421)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 95 miles; Farmington, ME; FT enrollment: 2,036)
  • University of Maine at Augusta (about 98 miles; Augusta, ME; FT enrollment: 3,204)
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine (about 147 miles; Standish, ME; FT enrollment: 2,010)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 149 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 4,666)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 150 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 6,647)

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Cemeteries: North Chester Cemetery (1), Middle Chester Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Swamps: Eighteen Bog (A), Keene Bog (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Trout Brook (A), Savage Brook (B), Sargent Brook (C), Raketail Brook (D), Eleven Brook (E), Ebhorse Stream (F), Nine Meadow Brook (G), Bog Brook (H), Blood Brook (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Penobscot County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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

V A CLINIC (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-05-2010), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-05-2010), St Compliance achieved (DEC-01-2010), St Public Notif received (DEC-01-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In APR-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-26-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-26-2007), St Public Notif received (2 times from MAY-18-2007 to MAY-18-2007), St Compliance achieved (OCT-19-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
Average household size:
This town:  2.5 people
Maine:  2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  75.2%
Whole state:  62.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  11.5%
Whole state:  9.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.9% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

16.7%
Whole state:

10.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

5.6%
Whole state:

4.1%

Chester compared to Maine state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (76%)
  • Wood (19%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5%)
  • Electricity (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Chester town (based on Penobscot County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 33.68%
Here: 33.7%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchUnited Church of ChristAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAEpiscopal Church
Adherents57.6%9.9%5.0%4.6%2.5%
Congregations13.6%14.4%10.6%10.6%4.5%
Name Non-Charismatic Churches IndependentNational Association of Congregational Christian ChurchesJewishLDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents2.5%2.1%2.0%1.6%12.0%
Congregations0.8%4.5%2.3%2.3%36.4%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 34
Penobscot County:

2.29 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 38
Penobscot County:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 85
Penobscot County:

5.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 110
Here:

7.41 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.0%
Maine:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Penobscot County:

28.0%
Maine:

25.0%

4.81% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,478 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.81%
Maine average:

5.50%

0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($304 average AGI)
Penobscot County:

0.04%
Maine average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Hancock County, ME  0.44% ($29,886 average AGI)
from Cumberland County, ME  0.34% ($36,835)
from Aroostook County, ME  0.32% ($29,433)


5.52% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,804 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.52%
Maine average:

5.62%

0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($387 average AGI)
Penobscot County:

0.03%
Maine average:

0.05%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Cumberland County, ME  0.56% ($32,990 average AGI)
to Hancock County, ME  0.45% ($36,406)
to Waldo County, ME  0.29% ($27,430)

Strongest AM radio stations in Chester:

  • WZON (620 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: THE ZONE CORPORATION)
  • WABI (910 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSYY (1240 AM; 1 kW; MILLINOCKET, ME; Owner: KATAHDIN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSKW (1160 AM; 10 kW; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INCORPORATED)
  • WREM (710 AM; daytime; 5 kW; MONTICELLO, ME; Owner: ALLAN H WEINER)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WTME (780 AM; 10 kW; RUMFORD, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WDEA (1370 AM; 5 kW; ELLSWORTH, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCHP (760 AM; 35 kW; CHAMPLAIN, NY; Owner: CHAMPLAIN RADIO, INC.)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Chester:

  • WHMX (105.7 FM; LINCOLN, ME; Owner: BANGOR BAPTIST CHURCH)
  • WVOM (103.9 FM; HOWLAND, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHCF (88.5 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: BANGOR BAPTIST CHURCH)
  • WSYY-FM (94.9 FM; MILLINOCKET, ME; Owner: KATAHDIN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WQCB (106.5 FM; BREWER, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WBZN (107.3 FM; OLD TOWN, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)

TV broadcast stations around Chester:

  • W34CN (Channel 34; MEDWAY, ME; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 4
Total length: 22 meters (72ft)
Total costs: $855,000
Total average daily traffic: 4,204
Total average daily truck traffic: 332
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 6,307

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • STATION, Old Keene Rd 1/4 Mi From Jct Of State Rt 116 (Lat: 45.397278 Lon: -68.523333), Overall height: 24.4 m, Call Sign: WNTB681
    Assigned Frequencies: 6645.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/12/2011, Expiration Date: 03/29/2021
    Registrant: Central Maine Power, 57 Old Winthrop Road, Augusta, ME 04330, Phone: (207) 626-9427, Fax: (207) 626-9484
  • CHESTER SUB, Chester Road (Lat: 45.396944 Lon: -68.528056), Type: Tower, Structure height: 21.9 m, Call Sign: WQKN855
    Assigned Frequencies: 6615.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/28/2009, Expiration Date: 07/28/2019, Certifier: John Doyon
    Registrant: Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., 11921 Rockville Pike, 3rd Floor, Rockville, MD 20852, Phone: (301) 255-0553, Fax: (301) 230-2891

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172P (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 24LT , Serial Number: 17275466, Year manufactured: 1981, Airworthiness Date: 11/25/1981
    Registrant (Co-Owned): Gregory A Richard, 168 Pea Ridge Rd, Chester, ME 04457, Other Owners: Arlette E Richard

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