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Chester: 1724 Old Chester Courthouse Chester: Chester,pa 5th & Pennell st. (3rd Bone) (Westside) Chester: Chester,pa west 2nd street (route 291) (Westside) Chester: Entrance to Chester Park
 

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Population in 2012: 34,031 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: -7.7%
 

Males: 16,066  (47.2%)
Females: 17,965  (52.8%)

Median resident age:  29.9 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.1 years

Zip codes: 19013.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $26,184 (it was $25,703 in 2000)
Chester:

$26,184
PA:

$51,230
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $14,927

Chester city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $72,438 (it was $43,300 in 2000)
Chester:

$72,438
PA:

$163,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $74,779; Detached houses: $120,669; Townhouses or other attached units: $67,604; In 2-unit structures: $66,874; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $81,000; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $81,467; Mobile homes: $172,518

Median gross rent in 2012: $790.

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  • Black alone - 24,803 (73.0%)
  • White alone - 5,117 (15.1%)
  • Hispanic - 3,054 (9.0%)
  • Two or more races - 677 (2.0%)
  • Asian alone - 213 (0.6%)
  • American Indian alone - 69 (0.2%)
  • Other race alone - 30 (0.09%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 9 (0.03%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Chester: 101.7 (near average, U.S. average is 100)


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Ancestries: Irish (3.7%), Italian (3.3%), German (3.2%), West Indian (1.6%), English (1.4%), Subsaharan African (1.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 02/13/1866

Elevation: 20 feet

Land area: 4.85 square miles.

Population density: 7,023 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Chester:

  • High school or higher: 78.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.2%
  • Unemployed: 17.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Chester city:

  • Never married: 54.1%
  • Now married: 25.8%
  • Separated: 5.1%
  • Widowed: 6.5%
  • Divorced: 8.6%

1,360 residents are foreign born (1.3% Latin America, 0.8% Asia).

This city:  4.0%
Pennsylvania:  6.0%



According to our research of Pennsylvania and other state lists there were 95 registered sex offenders living in Chester, Pennsylvania as of July 25, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Chester to the number of sex offenders is 358 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,347 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,069 (1.8%)

Chester satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Wilmington, DE (11.7 miles , pop. 72,664).

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 ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 27 buildings, average cost: $41,100
  • 1998: 0 buildings
  • 1999: 0 buildings
  • 2000: 122 buildings, average cost: $118,200
  • 2001: 54 buildings, average cost: $189,900
  • 2002: 1 building, cost: $53,000
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 26 buildings, average cost: $161,900
  • 2005: 0 buildings
  • 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 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 39.85 N, Longitude: 75.37 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -266 (-0.8%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,566 (22.3%)

Chester household income distribution Chester home values distribution


 

Crime rates in Chester by Year
Type 2000 2002 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 1812191518271714242122
per 100,000 43.832.451.240.648.573.446.438.364.361.664.3
Rapes 2631313421254225312317
per 100,000 63.283.783.591.956.667.9114.668.483.167.549.7
Robberies 257162170229241231237194206214217
per 100,000 625.2437.6457.7619.1649.8627.7646.9531.1552.2627.9633.8
Assaults 812472511656704662759734650N/A464
per 100,000 1975.21275.11375.91773.41898.01799.02071.62009.41742.3N/A1355.2
Burglaries 457239396480444437450488466554465
per 100,000 1111.7645.71066.31297.61197.11187.51228.21335.91249.11625.61358.1
Thefts 827646616710740635714632638626636
per 100,000 2011.71745.21658.61919.41995.11725.61948.81730.11710.11836.91857.5
Auto thefts 439312278290284258224179148142102
per 100,000 1067.9842.9748.5784.0765.7701.1611.4490.0396.7416.7297.9
Arson 6931273625313040332626
per 100,000 167.883.772.797.367.484.281.9109.588.576.375.9
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 296.5) 996.3723.7808.3955.9972.8989.01038.9924.0926.4N/A849.7

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 112 (102 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.98
Pennsylvania average:

2.59

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Chester, Pennsylvania accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

13.3%
Pennsylvania:

7.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -5,126 (-12.2%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (12%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (35%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Other protective service workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (3%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4%)

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

Average climate in Chester, Pennsylvania

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Tornado activity:

Chester-area historical tornado activity is above Pennsylvania state average. It is 53% 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 above Pennsylvania state average. It is 79% 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 the city 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 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 10/23/1990 at 01:34:48, a magnitude 3.2 (2.9 LG, 3.2 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 24.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/9/1992 at 08:50:45, a magnitude 3.1 (3.0 LG, 3.1 MD, Depth: 4.9 mi) earthquake occurred 65.2 miles away from Chester center
On 11/14/1997 at 03:44:11, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 51.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Delaware County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 3

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

Birthplace of: Bo Ryan - Basketball player-coach, David Dixon Porter - Navy admiral, Samuel Barber - Composer, Sylvanus Morley - Archaeologist, Vince Papale - Player of football, 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.

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


Hospitals/medical centers in Chester:

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

Political contributions by individuals in Chester, PA

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.

Local government website: www.chestercity.com

College/University in Chester:

  • Widener University-Main Campus (Full-time enrollment: 3,333; 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 5 miles; Aston, PA; Full-time enrollment: 2,151)
  • Delaware County Community College (about 9 miles; Media, PA; FT enrollment: 5,557)
  • University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (about 12 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 2,704)
  • University of Pennsylvania (about 12 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 20,643)
  • Drexel University (about 13 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 15,381)
  • Saint Joseph's University (about 13 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 5,072)
  • The University of the Arts (about 13 miles; Philadelphia, PA; FT enrollment: 2,292)

Public high schools in Chester:

Private elementary/middle schools in Chester:

  • DREXEL NEWMAN ACADEMY (Students: 209; Location: 1901 POTTER ST; Grades: PK - 8)
  • CENTER FOR SELF DEVELOPMENT (Students: 67; Location: 1605 W 3RD ST; Grades: PK - 4)
  • FREDERICK DOUGLASS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 51; Location: 700 CENTRAL AVE; Grades: KG - 3)
  • WIDENER UNIVERSITY CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER (Students: 35; Location: 1 UNIVERSITY PL; Grades: PK - KG)
  • SHILOH DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (Students: 33; Location: 703 CENTRAL AVE; Grades: PK - KG)
See full list of schools located in Chester, School District: CHESTER-UPLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT

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)

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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).

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 32.2. This is about average.
City:

32.2
U.S.:

32.0
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 29.0. This is about average. There were 42 monitors within city limits.
City:

29.0
U.S.:

28.3
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 18.0. This is better than average. There were 29 monitors within city limits.
City:

18.0
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.81. This is about average. There were 24 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.81
U.S.:

9.59
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.294. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.0 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.294
U.S.:

0.334
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 3.99. This is significantly worse than average. There were 62 monitors within city limits.
City:

3.99
U.S.:

2.43
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 8.80. This is about average. There were 41 monitors within city limits.
City:

8.80
U.S.:

9.39

Drinking water stations with addresses in Chester that have no violations reported:

  • CHESTER WATER AUTHORITY (Population served: 124649, Primary Water Source Type: Surface_water)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 31.4%
(30.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 29.2% for Black residents, 57.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 44.4% for other race residents, 58.2% for two or more races residents)

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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Chester, PA

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

Chester compared to Pennsylvania state average:

Chester, Pennsylvania environmental map by EPA

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


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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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Chester travel time to work - commute


Chester mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (49%)
  • Electricity (29%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Chester city (based on Delaware County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 67.41%
Here67.4%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchJewishPresbyterian Church (USA)Episcopal Church
Adherents72.6%4.6%4.2%4.0%3.3%
Congregations14.5%14.8%2.7%11.5%10.6%
NameMuslim EstimateEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaAmerican Baptist Churches in the USA Non-Charismatic Churches IndependentOther
Adherents2.0%2.0%1.7%1.0%4.6%
Congregations1.2%6.6%5.7%1.5%30.8%
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: 103
Delaware County:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

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

0.02 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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
Delaware County:

1.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

5.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.5%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Delaware County:

25.7%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.1%
State:

11.5%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 16$50,930$38,1980$0
Other Government Administration 18$62,072$41,3810$0
Judicial and Legal 3$10,701$42,8040$0
Police Protection - Officers 101$477,498$56,7320$0
Police - Other 14$34,467$29,54347$30,520
Firefighters 62$296,056$57,3010$0
Fire - Other 1$2,434$29,2080$0
Streets and Highways 26$68,117$31,4390$0
Health 24$64,820$32,4100$0
Solid Waste Management 3$8,566$34,2640$0
Parks and Recreation 2$6,467$38,8025$4,807
Other and Unallocable 23$61,072$31,8640$0
Totals for Government 293$1,143,200$46,82052$35,327

Chester government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $9,821,000 ($288.59)
    Fire Protection: $4,206,000 ($123.59)
    General - Other: $3,713,000 ($109.11)
    Regular Highways: $2,587,000 ($76.02)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,947,000 ($57.21)
    Central Staff Services: $1,107,000 ($32.53)
    Health Services - Other: $1,057,000 ($31.06)
    General Public Buildings: $935,000 ($27.47)
    Parks & Recreation: $798,000 ($23.45)
    Financial Administration: $629,000 ($18.48)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $584,000 ($17.16)
    Housing & Community Development: $22,000 ($0.65)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $21,000 ($0.62)
  • Employee Retirement - Securities - Corporate Bonds (market): $5,992,000 ($176.07)
    Benefit Payments: $3,285,000 ($96.53)
    Withdrawals: $97,000 ($2.85)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $25,000 ($0.73)
    Police Protection: $7,000 ($0.21)
    Regular Highways: $3,000 ($0.09)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $13,988,000 ($411.04)

Chester government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $1,815,000 ($53.33)
    All Other: $386,000 ($11.34)
    Parking Facilities: $154,000 ($4.53)
  • Employee Retirement - From Other Government: $1,292,000 ($37.97)
    Local Employee Contribution: $524,000 ($15.40)
    From Local Government: $229,000 ($6.73)
    Interest Revenue: $-3,593,000 ($-105.58)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $34,000 ($1.00)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $107,000 ($3.14)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $750,000 ($22.04)
    Interest Earnings: $56,000 ($1.65)
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,587,000 ($46.63)
    Highways: $953,000 ($28.00)
    Health & Hospitals: $539,000 ($15.84)
    General Support: $529,000 ($15.54)
  • Tax - Property: $8,256,000 ($242.60)
    Individual Income: $7,546,000 ($221.74)
    NEC: $783,000 ($23.01)

Chester government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $0 ($0.00)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $38,617,000 ($1134.76)
    Total Federal Securities: $4,518,000 ($132.76)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,537,000 ($45.16)

5.33% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($57,574 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.33%
Pennsylvania average:

4.99%

0.10% of residents moved from foreign countries ($506 average AGI)
Delaware County:

0.10%
Pennsylvania average:

0.12%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Philadelphia County, PA  1.83% ($38,045 average AGI)
from Montgomery County, PA  0.56% ($82,255)
from Chester County, PA  0.53% ($71,219)


5.67% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($57,420 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.67%
Pennsylvania average:

5.08%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($458 average AGI)
Delaware County:

0.05%
Pennsylvania average:

0.05%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Philadelphia County, PA  1.15% ($37,465 average AGI)
to Chester County, PA  0.88% ($74,618)
to Montgomery County, PA  0.56% ($68,656)

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)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)


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: 57
Total length: 1,841 meters (6,040ft)
Total costs: $64,000
Total average daily traffic: 1,282,302
Total average daily truck traffic: 119,810

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • Before 1900: 1
  • 1900-1909: 0
  • 1910-1919: 1
  • 1920-1929: 3
  • 1930-1939: 2
  • 1940-1949: 0
  • 1950-1959: 0
  • 1960-1969: 27
  • 1970-1979: 14
  • 1980-1989: 0
  • 1990-1999: 2
  • 2000-2009: 0
  • 2010-2012: 7
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Chester, PA

FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 30 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Chester)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Chester, PA)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 19 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 1 (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: 16 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Chester)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 26 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Chester)


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

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 522
  • Hazardous Condition: 345
  • Service Call: 1
  • Good Intent Call: 3

Incident types - Chester


See full 2006 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
Businesses in Chester, PA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Penske1
AutoZone1Quiznos1
Best Western1Rite Aid2
Cricket Wireless2True Value2
Days Inn1U-Haul2
FedEx4UPS1
MasterBrand Cabinets7
Browse common businesses in Chester, PA


Chester on our top lists:

  • #84 on the list of "Top 100 least-safe cities (highest city-data.com crime index)"
  • #92 (19013) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the most alcohol drinking places in 2005"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest lead air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2005 (ppm)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2005 (ppm)"
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  • Dana Boulware, Sr. (1)
  • Kerry Lynn Mccabe (1)
  • Benjamin Bin Chen (1)
  • Gregory O'Brien (1)
  • Kerry Lynn Covey (1)
  • David H. Dychala (1)
  • David K. Prendergast (1)
  • Donald Ryan Grant (1)
  • Mark Medvitz (1)

Total of 11 patent applications in 2008-2014.

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