For population 25 years and over in Chester:
For population 15 years and over in Chester town:
17 residents are foreign born
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Chicopee, MA (19.4 miles , pop. 54,653).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (94.8 miles , pop. 589,141).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (109.8 miles , pop. 1,332,650).
Nearest cities: Huntington, MA (2.0 miles ), Middlefield, MA (2.5 miles ), Blandford, MA (2.6 miles ), Becket, MA (2.7 miles ), Montgomery, MA (2.8 miles ), Russell, MA (3.0 miles ), Worthington, MA (3.0 miles ), Otis, MA (3.0 miles ).
Single-family new house construction building permits:
Latitude: 42.27 N, Longitude: 72.94 W
Area code: 413
Work and jobs in Chester: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute
Average climate in Chester, Massachusetts
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Chester-area historical tornado activity is above Massachusetts state average. It is 32% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 5/29/1995, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 13.7 miles away from the Chester town center killed 3 people and injured 24 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
On 10/3/1979, a category F4 tornado 19.8 miles away from the town center killed 3 people and injured 500 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.
Earthquake activity:Chester-area historical earthquake activity is below Massachusetts state average. It is 91% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 92.0 miles away from the city center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 34.3 miles away from Chester center
On 6/16/2000 at 04:02:53, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 6.1 mi) earthquake occurred 13.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/2/1994 at 14:36:36, a magnitude 3.3 (3.1 LG, 3.3 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 37.5 miles away from the city center
On 7/24/2007 at 01:56:48, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 MD, 2.7 LG, Depth: 9.3 mi) earthquake occurred 64.3 miles away from Chester center
On 3/22/1996 at 20:22:12, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 MD, 3.1 LG, Depth: 7.4 mi) earthquake occurred 96.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)
Natural disasters:The number of natural disasters in Hampden County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 6
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Storms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Snows: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Chester:
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Public elementary/middle school in Chester:
(lower is better)
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.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.350. This is about average. Closest monitor was 20.5 miles away from the city center.
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 WATER DEPT (Population served: 750, Surface_water):
Past health violations:
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Percentage of family households:
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Chester compared to Massachusetts state average:
Most commonly used house heating fuel:
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Religion statistics for Chester (based on Hampden County data)Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 64.76%
Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations
Tables represent county-level data.
Food Environment Statistics:
Number of grocery stores: 90
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 86
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 112
Number of full-service restaurants: 335
Adult diabetes rate:
Adult obesity rate:
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
3.44% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($37,951 average adjusted gross income)
0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($341 average AGI)
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
4.29% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($40,647 average adjusted gross income)
0.07% of residents moved to foreign countries ($430 average AGI)
Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
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Chester, Massachusetts: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: 24See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Chester, MA
Total length: 53 meters (174ft)
Total costs: $13,946,000
Total average daily traffic: 16,716
Total average daily truck traffic: 1,265
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 26,399
FCC Registered Microwave Towers:2
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:6
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Chester, MA