Chester, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2017: 34,077 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: -7.5%
 
Males: 16,484  (48.4%)
Females: 17,593  (51.6%)
Median resident age:

30.4 years
Pennsylvania median age:

40.8 years

Zip codes: 19013.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $37,896 (it was $25,703 in 2000)
Chester:

$37,896
PA:

$59,195

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $20,598 (it was $13,052 in 2000)

Chester city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $83,497 (it was $43,300 in 2000)
Chester:

$83,497
PA:

$181,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $89,984; detached houses: $165,826; townhouses or other attached units: $73,449; in 2-unit structures: $94,685; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $55,022

Median gross rent in 2017: $844.

March 2019 cost of living index in Chester: 100.1 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 36.9%
(38.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.4% for Black residents, 54.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 34.8% for American Indian residents, 56.0% for other race residents, 64.4% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Chester, PA (2017)
    • 23,94170.0%Black alone
    • 5,14115.0%White alone
    • 4,46413.1%Hispanic
    • 1,1413.3%Two or more races
    • 2230.7%Asian alone
    • 370.1%American Indian alone
    • 290.08%Other race alone

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



According to our research of Pennsylvania and other state lists, there were 230 registered sex offenders living in Chester, Pennsylvania as of June 07, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Chester is 148 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)
15
(40.6)
18
(48.5)
27
(73.4)
17
(46.4)
14
(38.3)
24
(64.3)
21
(61.6)
22
(64.3)
22
(64.6)
30
(88.1)
23
(67.3)
23
(67.4)
29
(85.3)
18
(52.8)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
34
(91.9)
21
(56.6)
25
(67.9)
42
(114.6)
25
(68.4)
31
(83.1)
23
(67.5)
17
(49.7)
29
(85.2)
28
(82.2)
26
(76.1)
30
(88.0)
21
(61.8)
11
(32.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
229
(619.1)
241
(649.8)
231
(627.7)
237
(646.9)
194
(531.1)
206
(552.2)
214
(627.9)
217
(633.8)
236
(693.4)
169
(496.2)
211
(617.6)
210
(615.7)
178
(523.8)
159
(466.5)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
656
(1,773)
704
(1,898)
662
(1,799)
759
(2,072)
734
(2,009)
650
(1,742)
N/A464
(1,355)
444
(1,304)
296
(869.2)
292
(854.7)
273
(800.4)
319
(938.7)
286
(839.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
480
(1,298)
444
(1,197)
437
(1,188)
450
(1,228)
488
(1,336)
466
(1,249)
554
(1,626)
465
(1,358)
354
(1,040)
341
(1,001)
281
(822.5)
300
(879.5)
327
(962.2)
352
(1,033)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
710
(1,919)
740
(1,995)
635
(1,726)
714
(1,949)
632
(1,730)
638
(1,710)
626
(1,837)
636
(1,858)
697
(2,048)
716
(2,102)
592
(1,733)
649
(1,903)
653
(1,921)
624
(1,831)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
290
(784.0)
284
(765.7)
258
(701.1)
224
(611.4)
179
(490.0)
148
(396.7)
142
(416.7)
102
(297.9)
130
(381.9)
119
(349.4)
132
(386.4)
100
(293.2)
141
(414.9)
175
(513.4)
Arson
(per 100,000)
36
(97.3)
25
(67.4)
31
(84.2)
30
(81.9)
40
(109.5)
33
(88.5)
26
(76.3)
26
(75.9)
21
(61.7)
27
(79.3)
24
(70.2)
21
(61.6)
14
(41.2)
13
(38.1)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)925.4941.7957.41005.7894.5896.8967.7822.6851.6746.8709.5711.1742.4625.8

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City-data.com crime index in Chester, PA

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 96 (87 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.55
Pennsylvania average:

1.88
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Chester, PA City Guides:

Ancestries: Italian (1.6%), Irish (1.5%), African (1.1%), German (1.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 02/13/1866

Elevation: 20 feet

Land area: 4.85 square miles.

Population density: 7,032 people per square mile   (high).

Chester, Pennsylvania map

1,877 residents are foreign born (3.0% Latin America, 1.0% Africa, 0.8% Asia).

This city:

5.5%
Pennsylvania:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,463 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,267 (2.0%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Brandywine, DE (7.8 miles , pop. 78,620).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Philadelphia, PA (16.0 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Upland borough, PA (0.9 miles ),
Chester Township, PA (1.1 miles ),
Parkside borough, PA (1.2 miles ),
Eddystone borough, PA (1.4 miles ),
Brookhaven borough, PA (1.4 miles ),
Trainer borough, PA (1.4 miles ),
Woodlyn, PA (1.6 miles ),
Village Green-Green Ridge, PA (1.7 miles )

Latitude: 39.85 N, Longitude: 75.37 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +200 (+0.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,724 (23.5%)

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

Chester tourist attractions:

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 27 buildings, average cost: $41,100
  • 2000: 122 buildings, average cost: $118,200
  • 2001: 54 buildings, average cost: $189,900
  • 2002: 1 building, cost: $53,000
  • 2004: 26 buildings, average cost: $161,900
  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $161,900
  • 2007: 4 buildings, average cost: $161,900
  • 2008: 108 buildings, average cost: $220,200
  • 2009: 69 buildings, average cost: $220,200
  • 2010: 14 buildings, average cost: $66,900
  • 2011: 2 buildings, average cost: $90,000
  • 2012: 2 buildings, average cost: $70,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Chester, PA residents
Average permit cost in Chester, PA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

6.7%
Pennsylvania:

3.9%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in Chester, PA
Historical housing units in Chester, PA
Most common industries in Chester, PA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (19.9%)
  • Educational services (9.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.6%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.0%)
  • Public administration (5.0%)
  • Social assistance (3.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (10.9%)
  • Health care (8.7%)
  • Construction (7.5%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (7.0%)
  • Educational services (6.1%)
  • Public administration (6.0%)
  • Transportation equipment (2.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (28.6%)
  • Educational services (11.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.8%)
  • Social assistance (5.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.7%)
  • Public administration (4.1%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.4%)
Most common occupations in Chester, PA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.1%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (3.9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.4%)
  • Cashiers (3.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.1%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.9%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.4%)
  • Other protective service workers, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (11.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.8%)
  • Cashiers (4.4%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4.4%)

Average climate in Chester, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Chester, Pennsylvania environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 96.9. This is worse than average.

City:

96.9
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.269. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.269
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 7.76. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.76
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.436. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.436
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 25.3. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 0.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.3
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 17.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.2
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 12.1. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.1
U.S.:

8.5
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2017 was 0.00256. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00256
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Chester-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Pennsylvania state average. It is 3% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/22/1955, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 15.0 miles away from the Chester city center killed one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/28/1961, a category F3 tornado 16.1 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Chester-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 48.5 miles away from Chester center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 47.2 miles away from the city center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 288.9 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 287.0 miles away from Chester center
On 8/26/2003 at 18:24:18, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.5 ML, Depth: 1.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 54.3 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) earthquake occurred 331.9 miles away from Chester center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Delaware County (20) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 5, Floods: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Storms: 3, Tropical Storms: 3, Snowstorms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Water Shortage: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Chester topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Chester:

  • COMMUNITY HOSPITAL HOSPICE (2600 WEST NINTH STREET)
  • COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF CHESTER (provides emergency services, 9TH & WILSON STREETS)
  • CROZER HOSPICE (ONE MEDICAL CENTER BOULEVARD)
  • CHESTER CARE CENTER (15TH STREET AND SHAW TERR)
  • THE BELVEDERE CENTER, GENESIS HEALTHCARE (2507 CHESTNUT STREET)

Amtrak stations near Chester:

  • 12 miles: ARDMORE (STATION RD. & LANCASTER AVE.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, paid short-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
  • 13 miles: WILMINGTON (M. L. KING BLVD, & FRENCH ST.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, car rental agency, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
  • 13 miles: PHILADELPHIA (30TH & MARKET STS.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, car rental agency, taxi stand, public transit connection.

Operable nuclear power plants near Chester:

  • 20 miles: Salem 2 in Salem, NJ.
  • 20 miles: Hope Creek in Salem, NJ.
  • 20 miles: Salem 1 in Salem, NJ.

College/University in Chester:

  • Widener University-Main Campus (Full-time enrollment: 4,051; Location: One University Place; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.widener.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Chester:

  • Neumann University (about 4 miles; Aston, PA; Full-time enrollment: 2,622)
  • Delaware County Community College (about 9 miles; Media, PA; FT enrollment: 8,419)
  • University of the Sciences (about 12 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 2,464)
  • University of Pennsylvania (about 12 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 25,693)
  • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington (about 13 miles; Wilmington, DE; FT enrollment: 4,972)
  • Drexel University (about 13 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 22,969)
  • Saint Joseph's University (about 13 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 7,329)

Public high schools in Chester:

  • CHESTER HS (Location: 232 WEST 9TH ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • STEM AT SHOWALTER (Location: 1100 WEST 10TH STREET, Grades: 7-12)

Private high schools in Chester:

  • DREXEL NEWMAN ACADEMY (Students: 187, Location: 1901 POTTER ST, Grades: PK-9)
  • NEW BEGINNINGS ACADEMY (Students: 119, Location: 215 E 21ST ST, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Chester:

Private elementary/middle schools in Chester:

  • CENTER FOR SELF DEVELOPMENT (Students: 88, Location: 1605 W 3RD ST, Grades: PK-4)
  • FAITH TEMPLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 7, Location: 1007 W 7TH ST, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in Chester

Library in Chester:

  • J. LEWIS CROZER LIBRARY (Operating income: $320,328; Location: 620 ENGLE ST; 51,325 books; 920 audio materials; 1,238 video materials; 41 state licensed databases; 28 other licensed databases; 88 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Chester: Waterville (A), Lamokin (B), Lamokin Street Station (C), Tilghman Street Station (D), Highland Avenue Station (E), Chester State Correctional Institution (F), Chester Station (G), Old Chester Courthouse (H), Widener University Technology Park (I), Thurlow Station (J), Keystone Center (K), Chester Police Department (L), Chester Bureau of Fire Station 81 (M), Chester Bureau of Fire Station 82 (N), J Lewis Crozer Library (O). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Chester include: Grace Church (A), Blessed Katharine Drexel Church (B), Bethany Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Rural Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Creek: Chester Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Chester include: Crozier Park (1), Washington Park (2), Deshong Park (3), Veterans Memorial Park (4), Chester Park (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Days Inn (I 95 Exit 6), Highland Motel (1998 Concord Road).

Birthplace of: Bo Ryan - Basketball player-coach, David Dixon Porter - Navy admiral, Samuel Barber - Composer, Sylvanus Morley - Archaeologist, Vince Papale - Football player, Alex North - Composer, Edwin D. Woolley - Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Arlen Harris - 2005 NFL player (St. Louis Rams, born: Apr 22, 1980), Ed Blizzard - Lawyer, Ben Davis (baseball) - Baseball player.

Delaware 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:

CHESTER WATER AUTHORITY (Population served: 138,100, Surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
Average household size:
This city:

2.6 people
Pennsylvania:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

61.9%
Whole state:

65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

9.0%
Whole state:

6.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Chester in 2010:

  • 1,356 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,185 people in state prisons
  • 229 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 154 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 143 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 60 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 15 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 9 people in residential treatment centers for adults

People in group quarters in Chester in 2000:

  • 1,209 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 967 people in state prisons
  • 387 people in nursing homes
  • 315 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 41 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 16 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 15 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 12 people in religious group quarters
  • 8 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 8 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 5 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 2 people in institutions for the blind

Banks with branches in Chester (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Chester Branch at 501 Avenue Of The States, branch established on 1954/02/09. 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
  • The Bryn Mawr Trust Company: Chester Branch at 23 East Fifth Street, branch established on 1981/12/31. Info updated 2010/07/09: Bank assets: $1,755.3 mil, Deposits: $1,387.9 mil, headquarters in Bryn Mawr, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 24 total offices, Holding Company: Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation
  • TD Bank, National Association: Widener University Branch at 1410 Providence Avenue, branch established on 2010/01/14. Info updated 2010/10/04: Bank assets: $188,912.6 mil, Deposits: $153,149.8 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, 1314 total offices, Holding Company: Toronto-Dominion Bank, The

For population 15 years and over in Chester:

Marital status in Chester, PA
  • Never married: 59.8%
  • Now married: 21.4%
  • Separated: 4.2%
  • Widowed: 6.3%
  • Divorced: 8.3%

For population 25 years and over in Chester:

  • High school or higher: 79.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.8%
  • Unemployed: 16.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.3
Pennsylvania average:

11.4

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

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Neighborhoods in Chester:

(Chester, Pennsylvania Neighborhood Map)

Religion statistics for Chester, PA (based on Delaware County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic262,50650
Mainline Protestant52,224169
Evangelical Protestant24,456136
Other9,00927
Black Protestant5,61739
Orthodox5,0968
None200,071-
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: 103
This county:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.02 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 83
Delaware County:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 63
Here:

1.14 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 313
Delaware County:

5.66 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Delaware County:

8.5%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Delaware County:

25.7%
State:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.1%
Pennsylvania:

11.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

47.1%
Pennsylvania:

49.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Chester:

43.7%
Pennsylvania:

46.3%

Average BMI:
Chester:

29.8
Pennsylvania:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Chester:

19.4%
State:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

14.2%
Pennsylvania:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Chester:

34.5%
State:

34.2%

General health condition:
Here:

52.5%
State:

55.7%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

82.1%
State:

78.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Chester, PA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 109$771,070$84,8880$0
Firefighters 73$485,538$79,8140$0
Other and Unallocable 29$103,590$42,8650$0
Streets and Highways 24$75,103$37,5521$450
Parks and Recreation 20$82,606$49,5641$1,718
Financial Administration 19$75,545$47,7130$0
Other Government Administration 12$45,753$45,7530$0
Police - Other 10$23,866$28,63953$44,181
Judicial and Legal 4$16,062$48,1860$0
Fire - Other 2$16,685$100,1100$0
Health 1$3,657$43,8840$0
Solid Waste Management 1$3,608$43,2960$0
Totals for Government 304$1,703,083$67,22755$46,349

Chester government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Housing and Community Development: $296,000 ($8.69)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $15,647,000 ($459.17)
    General - Other: $9,655,000 ($283.33)
    Local Fire Protection: $9,545,000 ($280.10)
    Central Staff Services: $3,035,000 ($89.06)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,574,000 ($75.53)
    Regular Highways: $2,438,000 ($71.54)
    General Public Buildings: $1,994,000 ($58.51)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,344,000 ($39.44)
    Financial Administration: $1,022,000 ($29.99)
    Housing and Community Development: $645,000 ($18.93)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $626,000 ($18.37)
    Health - Other: $557,000 ($16.35)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $464,000 ($13.62)
  • Employee Retirement - Benefit Payments: $7,878,000 ($231.18)
    Total Cash and Deposits: $690,000 ($20.25)
    Withdrawals: $69,000 ($2.02)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $508,000 ($14.91)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $97,000 ($2.85)
    Police Protection: $77,000 ($2.26)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $19,710,000 ($578.40)

Chester government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $5,695,000 ($167.12)
    Other: $16,000 ($0.47)
  • Employee Retirement - Local Employee Contribution: $624,000 ($18.31)
    From Other Governments: $487,000 ($14.29)
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $329,000 ($9.65)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $666,000 ($19.54)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $579,000 ($16.99)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $9,025,000 ($264.84)
    General Revenue - Other: $4,171,000 ($122.40)
    Donations From Private Sources: $877,000 ($25.74)
    Interest Earnings: $435,000 ($12.77)
    Fines and Forfeits: $297,000 ($8.72)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $6,525,000 ($191.48)
    Housing and Community Development: $586,000 ($17.20)
    Highways: $573,000 ($16.81)
    General Local Government Support: $34,000 ($1.00)
  • Tax - Individual Income: $9,151,000 ($268.54)
    Property: $8,816,000 ($258.71)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $2,635,000 ($77.32)
    Public Utility License: $464,000 ($13.62)

Chester government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,027,000 ($323.59)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,849,000 ($259.68)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,178,000 ($63.91)

Chester government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $532,000 ($15.61)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $44,345,000 ($1301.32)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,335,000 ($185.90)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,279,000 ($66.88)

4.91% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($73,970 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.91%
Pennsylvania average:

4.58%

0.02% of residents moved from foreign countries ($690 average AGI)
Delaware County:

0.02%
Pennsylvania average:

0.03%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Philadelphia County, PA  1.74% ($50,820 average AGI)
from Chester County, PA  0.53% ($114,050)
from Montgomery County, PA  0.51% ($96,517)


5.49% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($74,850 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.49%
Pennsylvania average:

4.96%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,488 average AGI)
Delaware County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Philadelphia County, PA  1.31% ($45,190 average AGI)
to Chester County, PA  0.73% ($97,712)
to Montgomery County, PA  0.58% ($92,262)
Businesses in Chester, PA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Penske1
AutoZone1Quiznos1
Best Western1Rite Aid2
Cricket Wireless2True Value2
Days Inn1U-Haul2
FedEx4UPS1
MasterBrand Cabinets7

Strongest AM radio stations in Chester:

  • WVCH (740 AM; 50 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WVCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WPEN (950 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WZZD (990 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WNWR (1540 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA)
  • KYW (1060 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WPHT (1210 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WPWA (1590 AM; 3 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: MOUNT OCEAN MEDIA, L.L.C.)
  • WDEL (1150 AM; 5 kW; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WIP (610 AM; 5 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF PHILADELPHIA)
  • WTMR (800 AM; 5 kW; CAMDEN, NJ; Owner: WTMR LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WFIL (560 AM; 5 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WWDB (860 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA)

Strongest FM radio stations in Chester:

  • W278AK (103.5 FM; VILLAGE GREEN, PA; Owner: PRIORITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WPLY (100.3 FM; MEDIA, PA; Owner: RADIO ONE LICENSES, LLC)
  • WDNR (89.5 FM; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WIDENER COLLEGE)
  • WJBR-FM (99.5 FM; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WMGK (102.9 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WMWX (95.7 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WOGL (98.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WSTW (93.7 FM; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMMR (93.3 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER BOSTON RADIO, INC.)
  • WBEB (101.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WEAZ-FM RADIO, INC.)
  • WRTI (90.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: TEMPLE UNIV. OF THE COMMONWEALTH, ET)
  • WSNI-FM (104.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WPHI-FM (103.9 FM; JENKINTOWN, PA; Owner: RADIO ONE LICENSES, LLC)
  • WHYY-FM (90.9 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WHYY, INC.)
  • WXPN (88.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNA.)
  • WXTU (92.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WXTU LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WDAS-FM (105.3 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WPTP (96.5 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WDAS LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WUSL (98.9 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WYSP (94.1 FM; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Chester:

  • KYW-TV (Channel 3; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • WPHL-TV (Channel 17; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION COMPANY)
  • WWJT-LP (Channel 7; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PHILADELPHIA TELEVISION NETWORK, INC)
  • WPVI-TV (Channel 6; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WPPX (Channel 61; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: PAXSON PHILADELPHIA LICENSE, INC.)
  • WPSG (Channel 57; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: VIACOM STATIONS GROUP OF PHILADELPHIA INC.)
  • WCAU (Channel 10; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: NBC SUBSIDIARY (WCAU-TV), L.P.)
  • WGTW (Channel 48; BURLINGTON, NJ; Owner: BRUNSON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WYBE (Channel 35; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INDEPENDENCE PUBLIC MEDIA OF PHILADELPHIA, INC.)
  • WHYY-TV (Channel 12; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: WHYY, INC.)
  • WTXF-TV (Channel 29; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: FOX TV STATIONS OF PHILADELPHIA)
  • W40AZ (Channel 40; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: NATIONAL MINORITY T.V., INC.)
  • W55BT (Channel 55; TALLEYVILLE, DE; Owner: MEDIACASTING LLC)
  • WELL-LP (Channel 8; WILLOW GROVE, ETC., PA; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • WUVP (Channel 65; VINELAND, NJ; Owner: UNIVISION PHILADELPHIA LLC)
  • WFPA-CA (Channel 28; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: WXTV LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.)
  • WTSD-CA (Channel 14; WILMINGTON, DE; Owner: PRIORITY COMMUNICATIONS MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WMCN-TV (Channel 53; ATLANTIC CITY, NJ; Owner: LENFEST BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WPHA-LP (Channel 63; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WNJS (Channel 23; CAMDEN, NJ; Owner: NEW JERSEY PUBLIC BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WPSJ-LP (Channel 8; HAMMONTON, ETC., NJ; Owner: ENGLE BROADCASTING)
  • W33BT (Channel 33; CAMDEN, NJ; Owner: MEDIACASTING LLC)

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipients born in Chester: George W. Roosevelt, George W. Walton, James E. Engle, James W. Reese.

Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Chester fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 84Number of bridges
  • 2,477ft / 755mTotal length
  • $78,707,000Total costs
  • 2,906,337Total average daily traffic
  • 184,305Total average daily truck traffic
  • 909,770Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in Chester, PA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 1Before 1900
  • 11910-1919
  • 31920-1929
  • 21930-1939
  • 41940-1949
  • 391960-1969
  • 161970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 142010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Chester, PA

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

46 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Chester)

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

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

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

21 (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 Amateur Radio Licenses:

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

FAA Registered Aircraft:

3
  • Aircraft: AERONCA 11AC (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 75 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 85852 , Serial Number: 11AC253, Year manufactured: 1946
    Registrant (Individual): James B Blithe, 732 Pa Ave, Chester, PA 19013
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 401A (Category: Land, Engines: 2, Seats: 8, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 198 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR IO 520 SERIES (285 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 81AD , Serial Number: 401A0023, Year manufactured: 1968, Airworthiness Date: 01/29/1969, Certificate Issue Date: 11/04/2003
    Registrant (Corporation): S & K Rentals Inc, 3201 W 2nd St, Chester, PA 19013
  • Aircraft: EGAN GEORGE STARDUSTER TOO (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING 0-360-A1D (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 19EW , Serial Number: 175A, Year manufactured: 1976, Airworthiness Date: 08/30/1997, Certificate Issue Date: 10/04/2002
    Registrant (Corporation): S & K Rentals Inc, 3201 W 2nd St, Chester, PA 19013

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 14 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED61$89,85226$77,19295$81,34726$29,6921$291,00044$82,0000$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED3$92,6671$23,00017$69,1184$25,7500$03$51,6670$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED10$72,60017$71,176141$78,32673$16,6440$040$44,6001$2,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN6$77,6678$53,62556$76,5188$32,2500$012$54,6671$50,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$81,0000$016$79,6254$62,2500$02$28,5000$0

Detailed mortgage data for all 14 tracts in Chester, PA

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 5 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2$137,5002$138,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$49,0001$62,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$91,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Chester, PA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Chester, PA - Value

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 293. The highest number of fires - 617 took place in 2004, and the least - 4 in 2014. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in Chester, PA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (69.1%), and Outside Fires (15.1%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Chester, PA
    • 3,23769.1%Structure Fires
    • 70715.1%Outside Fires
    • 59312.7%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 1463.1%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Chester, PA
Most common first names in Chester, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John71670.7 years
William64871.7 years
Mary62478.3 years
James52169.4 years
Joseph41071.7 years
Charles32171.1 years
George29171.7 years
Robert25867.5 years
Helen23376.5 years
Anna22778.4 years
Most common last names in Chester, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson26769.1 years
Smith19771.0 years
Jones19472.2 years
Williams17368.9 years
Brown17073.2 years
Davis15269.8 years
Thomas11170.5 years
Wilson10270.3 years
Jackson9971.0 years
Harris9770.6 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Chester, PA
  • 55.8%Utility gas
  • 31.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 10.0%Electricity
  • 1.1%No fuel used
  • 0.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%Other fuel
  • 0.2%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Chester, PA
  • 43.8%Utility gas
  • 43.1%Electricity
  • 9.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.2%No fuel used
  • 0.4%Other fuel
  • 0.3%Wood


Chester compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Chester on our top lists:

  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of murders per 100,000 residents, excludes tourist destinations and others with a lot of outsiders visiting based on city industries data (population 5,000+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest percentage of single-parent households, population 5,000+"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the least cars per house, population 5,000+"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of robberies per 100,000 residents, excludes tourist destinations and others with a lot of outsiders visiting based on city industries data (population 5,000+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of assaults per 100,000 residents, excludes tourist destinations and others with a lot of outsiders visiting based on city industries data (population 5,000+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest city-data.com crime index, excludes tourist destinations and others with a lot of outsiders visiting based on city industries data (population 5,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in institutions for the blind (population 1,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 100 least-safe cities (highest city-data.com crime index) (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest percentage of one, detached housing units in structures (2,000+ housing units)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: healthcare support occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Barbados (population 500+)"
  • #100 (19013) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the most alcohol drinking places in 2005"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
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