Chester, Montana

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Population in 2019: 853 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -2.1%
 
Males: 395  (46.4%)
Females: 458  (53.6%)
Median resident age:

53.5 years
Montana median age:

40.5 years

Zip codes: 59522.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $46,137 (it was $27,578 in 2000)
Chester:

$46,137
MT:

$57,153

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $28,902 (it was $16,077 in 2000)

Chester town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $127,900 (it was $58,800 in 2000)
Chester:

$127,900
MT:

$253,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $133,957; detached houses: $153,804; mobile homes: $89,331

Median gross rent in 2019: $596.

March 2019 cost of living index in Chester: 85.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 8.3%
(8.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 11.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
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  • Races in Chester, MT (2019)
    • 1,06996.3%White alone
    • 171.5%Hispanic
    • 111.0%Two or more races

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



According to our research of Montana and other state lists, there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Chester, Montana as of October 17, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Chester is 305 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is near the state average.


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Ancestries: German (30.5%), Norwegian (28.2%), European (7.1%), English (5.8%), American (4.2%), Russian (3.6%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Incorporated in 1910

Elevation: 3132 feet

Land area: 0.47 square miles.

Population density: 1,830 people per square mile   (low).

Chester, Montana map

13 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.5%
Montana:

1.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,765 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,201 (1.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Great Falls, MT (71.2 miles , pop. 56,690).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (520.9 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (1037.9 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities:

Joplin, MT (3.1 miles ),
Inverness, MT (3.6 miles),
Rudyard, MT (4.4 miles ),
Hingham, MT (5.0 miles),
Gildford, MT (5.6 miles),
South Toole, MT (5.9 miles ),
Kremlin, MT (6.4 miles),
Shelby, MT (6.4 miles )

Latitude: 48.51 N, Longitude: 110.97 W

Area code: 406

Distribution of median household income in Chester, MT in 2019
Distribution of house value in Chester, MT in 2019
Chester satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

2.3%
Montana:

4.3%
Most common industries in Chester, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (15.8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (12.5%)
  • Educational services (9.2%)
  • Public administration (6.9%)
  • Construction (6.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (19.8%)
  • Construction (13.5%)
  • Educational services (7.3%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (6.3%)
  • Machinery, equipment, supplies merchant wholesalers (4.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.7%)
  • Machinery (4.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (26.9%)
  • Educational services (10.9%)
  • Public administration (9.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (8.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.0%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.5%)
Most common occupations in Chester, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (8.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.9%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (3.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (14.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (8.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.2%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.6%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (7.0%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6.0%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.0%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5.0%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.0%)
  • Registered nurses (4.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.5%)

Average climate in Chester, Montana

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Earthquake activity:

Chester-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Montana state average. It is 510% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 273.3 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 335.2 miles away from Chester center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 7/6/2017 at 06:30:17, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 7.6 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 135.3 miles away from Chester center
On 3/31/2020 at 23:52:30, a magnitude 6.5 (6.5 MW, Depth: 7.5 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 342.5 miles away from Chester center
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML) earthquake occurred 265.7 miles away from the city center
On 7/26/2005 at 04:08:37, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MB, 5.2 MS, 5.6 MW) earthquake occurred 228.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Liberty County (9) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 2, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 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 in Chester:

  • LIBERTY MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 315 W MADISON AVE)
  • LIBERTY COUNTY N H (PO BOX 705)

Airports located in Chester:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Chester:

  • The University of Montana (about 181 miles; Missoula, MT; Full-time enrollment: 13,602)
  • Montana State University (about 197 miles; Bozeman, MT; FT enrollment: 12,942)
  • Montana State University-Billings (about 221 miles; Billings, MT; FT enrollment: 4,319)
  • North Idaho College (about 276 miles; Coeur d'Alene, ID; FT enrollment: 4,684)
  • Spokane Community College (about 301 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,482)
  • Whitworth University (about 303 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 2,689)
  • Gonzaga University (about 303 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,780)

Public high school in Chester:

  • CHESTER-JOPLIN-INVERNESS HS (Location: 101 SCHOOL STREET, Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Chester:

  • SAGE CREEK ELEMENTARY (Students: 4, Location: 494 SOUTH 1346 EAST, Grades: PK-8)
  • CHESTER-JOPLIN-INVERNESS SCHL (Location: 101 SCHOOL STREET, Grades: PK-6)
  • CHESTER-JOPLIN-INVERNESS 7-8 (Location: 101 SCHOOL STREET, Grades: 7-8)
See full list of schools located in Chester

Library in Chester:

  • LIBERTY COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $77,393; Location: 100 EAST 1ST STREET; 28,724 books; 1,005 audio materials; 1,070 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 56 state licensed databases; 21 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Chester: Chester Rest Area (A), Liberty County Courthouse (B), Liberty County Sheriff (C), Chester Volunteer Fire Department (D), Liberty County Museum (E), Liberty County Library (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Chester include: Our Savior Lutheran Church (A), Chester Alliance Church (B), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (C), Saint Marys Catholic Church (D), Assembly of God Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Liberty 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 that have no violations reported:

  • CHESTER TOWN OF (Population served: 870, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
Average household size:
This town:

2.1 people
Montana:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

56.5%
Whole state:

62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

1.3%
Whole state:

6.7%


No gay or lesbian households reported

23 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
60 people in nursing homes in 2000

Banks with branches in Chester (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Chester Branch at 11 East Adams Avenue, branch established on 1917/01/01. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Chester Branch at 10 Adams Avenue East, branch established on 1996/09/26. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp

For population 15 years and over in Chester:

Marital status in Chester, MT
  • Never married: 15.8%
  • Now married: 57.1%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 9.3%
  • Divorced: 15.0%

For population 25 years and over in Chester:

  • High school or higher: 88.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.5%
  • Unemployed: 2.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.2
Montana average:

9.6

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Chester
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Chester, MT (based on Liberty County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic5851
Evangelical Protestant4525
Mainline Protestant1423
Other561
None1,104-
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: 3
Liberty County:

16.69 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.4%
Montana:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Liberty County:

24.6%
Montana:

23.1%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

48.3%
Montana:

51.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

42.2%
State:

50.3%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.9
Montana:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Chester:

20.7%
Montana:

20.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Chester:

14.4%
State:

9.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Chester:

6.8
State:

6.9

Overweight people:
Chester:

36.8%
State:

34.8%

General health condition:
This city:

50.2%
State:

58.6%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

72.2%
Montana:

79.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Chester, MT Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2019)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Water Supply 1$2,504$30,0480$0
Parks and Recreation 1$2,554$30,6480$0
Sewerage 1$3,858$46,2960$0
Solid Waste Management 1$3,268$39,2160$0
Financial Administration 1$2,840$34,0800$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$812
Judicial and Legal 0$0 1$302
Totals for Government 5$15,024$36,0587$1,114

Chester government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $29,000 ($34.00)
    Solid Waste Management: $10,000 ($11.72)
    Water Utilities: $10,000 ($11.72)
    Health - Other: $6,000 ($7.03)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $200,000 ($234.47)
    Solid Waste Management: $153,000 ($179.37)
    Regular Highways: $123,000 ($144.20)
    Central Staff Services: $103,000 ($120.75)
    Parks and Recreation: $80,000 ($93.79)
    Police Protection: $62,000 ($72.68)
    Sewerage: $60,000 ($70.34)
    General Public Buildings: $25,000 ($29.31)
    Financial Administration: $15,000 ($17.58)
    Local Fire Protection: $10,000 ($11.72)
    Health - Other: $6,000 ($7.03)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,000 ($3.52)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $5,000 ($5.86)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $10,000 ($11.72)
    Parks and Recreation: $7,000 ($8.21)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $196,000 ($229.78)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $14,000 ($16.41)

Chester government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $165,000 ($193.43)
    Solid Waste Management: $165,000 ($193.43)
    Parks and Recreation: $11,000 ($12.90)
    Other: $11,000 ($12.90)
  • Miscellaneous - Donations From Private Sources: $61,000 ($71.51)
    General Revenue - Other: $21,000 ($24.62)
    Interest Earnings: $10,000 ($11.72)
    Fines and Forfeits: $5,000 ($5.86)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $289,000 ($338.80)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $119,000 ($139.51)
    Highways: $25,000 ($29.31)
    Other: $3,000 ($3.52)
    Water Utilities: $2,000 ($2.34)
    Sewerage: $1,000 ($1.17)
  • Tax - Property: $314,000 ($368.11)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $1,000 ($1.17)

Chester government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $523,000 ($613.13)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $407,000 ($477.14)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $116,000 ($135.99)

Chester government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $82,000 ($96.13)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,053,000 ($1234.47)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $88,000 ($103.17)

2.91% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($36,783 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

2.91%
Montana average:

7.25%

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

Strongest AM radio stations in Chester:

  • KSEN (1150 AM; 10 kW; SHELBY, MT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOFI (1180 AM; 50 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KMON (560 AM; 5 kW; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KEIN (1310 AM; 5 kW; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: MUNSON RADIO, INC.)
  • KJJR (880 AM; 10 kW; WHITEFISH, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INCORPORATED)
  • KOJM (610 AM; 1 kW; HAVRE, MT; Owner: NEW MEDIA BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KGVW (640 AM; 10 kW; BELGRADE, MT; Owner: GALLATIN VALLEY WITNESS, INC.)
  • KBOI (670 AM; 50 kW; BOISE, ID; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KTBI (810 AM; daytime; 50 kW; EPHRATA, WA; Owner: TACOMA BROADCASTERS, INCORPORATED)
  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKGR (680 AM; daytime; 5 kW; EAST HELENA, MT; Owner: KKGR, INC.)
  • KGEZ (600 AM; 5 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: SKYLINE BROADCASTERS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Chester:

  • K261CC (100.1 FM; CHESTER, MT; Owner: RANDALL D. ROCKS)
  • KNMC (90.1 FM; HAVRE, MT; Owner: NORTHERN MONTANA COLLEGE)

Chester fatal accident list:

Nov 8, 2002 11:55 PM, Us-2, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 10ft / 2.8mTotal length
  • 2,929Total average daily traffic
  • 211Total average daily truck traffic
  • 3,075Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Chester)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 62 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Chester, MT)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 27 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Chester)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 24 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Chester)
Most common first names in Chester, MT among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1080.4 years
Mary979.9 years
Anna888.1 years
Robert874.3 years
Mabel784.2 years
George783.0 years
James773.0 years
Frank773.1 years
Richard780.8 years
Clifford671.8 years
Most common last names in Chester, MT among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Hanson976.8 years
Jensen983.3 years
Meissner783.9 years
Schaefer772.0 years
Zorn766.4 years
Heimbigner781.9 years
Anderson682.3 years
Smith565.6 years
Mcdowell561.4 years
Hull578.8 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Chester, MT
  • 77.7%Utility gas
  • 20.2%Electricity
  • 2.1%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Chester, MT
  • 55.1%Electricity
  • 43.8%Utility gas
  • 1.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Chester compared to Montana state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.

Chester on our top lists:

  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Greece (population 500+)"
  • #35 (59522) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of taxpayers using paid preparers for 2012 taxes (pop 1,000+)"
  • #93 (59522) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the smallest percentage of returns reporting salary or wage in 2012 (pop 1,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
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