Chester, South Carolina

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Population in 2017: 5,420 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: -16.3%
 
Males: 2,440  (45.0%)
Females: 2,980  (55.0%)
Median resident age:

37.9 years
South Carolina median age:

39.4 years

Zip codes: 29706.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $24,796 (it was $27,518 in 2000)
Chester:

$24,796
SC:

$50,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $18,439 (it was $13,386 in 2000)

Chester city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $80,356 (it was $58,800 in 2000)
Chester:

$80,356
SC:

$161,800

Median gross rent in 2017: $553.

March 2019 cost of living index in Chester: 78.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 27.2%
(10.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.5% for Black residents, 8.3% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Chester, SC (2010)
    • 3,65765.2%Black alone
    • 1,76931.5%White alone
    • 761.4%Two or more races
    • 691.2%Hispanic
    • 140.2%American Indian alone
    • 110.2%Asian alone
    • 80.1%Other race alone
    • 30.05%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

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



According to our research of South Carolina and other state lists, there were 7 registered sex offenders living in Chester, South Carolina as of October 31, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Chester is 806 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)
0
(0.0)
1
(15.9)
0
(0.0)
2
(33.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(36.2)
1
(18.3)
0
(0.0)
1
(18.3)
2
(37.1)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
5
(78.6)
2
(31.8)
1
(16.5)
4
(66.8)
5
(83.3)
8
(135.2)
1
(17.6)
4
(71.1)
3
(54.7)
2
(36.2)
3
(54.9)
0
(0.0)
1
(18.3)
1
(18.5)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
7
(110.1)
10
(158.9)
12
(197.6)
33
(551.1)
31
(516.8)
23
(388.8)
14
(246.8)
7
(124.5)
10
(182.2)
10
(180.9)
7
(128.0)
12
(219.7)
6
(110.1)
3
(55.6)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
99
(1,557)
151
(2,399)
84
(1,383)
63
(1,052)
125
(2,084)
71
(1,200)
77
(1,358)
59
(1,049)
56
(1,020)
44
(795.8)
48
(878.0)
40
(732.3)
35
(642.0)
59
(1,094)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
118
(1,856)
106
(1,684)
92
(1,515)
105
(1,754)
78
(1,300)
108
(1,826)
64
(1,128)
85
(1,512)
95
(1,731)
90
(1,628)
65
(1,189)
92
(1,684)
39
(715.3)
37
(685.9)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
271
(4,262)
243
(3,860)
184
(3,029)
218
(3,641)
213
(3,551)
201
(3,398)
191
(3,367)
231
(4,108)
262
(4,773)
210
(3,798)
167
(3,055)
188
(3,442)
186
(3,412)
179
(3,319)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
24
(377.5)
21
(333.6)
22
(362.2)
24
(400.8)
19
(316.7)
13
(219.8)
17
(299.7)
6
(106.7)
12
(218.6)
12
(217.0)
11
(201.2)
11
(201.4)
9
(165.1)
11
(203.9)
Arson
(per 100,000)
6
(94.4)
1
(15.9)
2
(32.9)
5
(83.5)
1
(16.7)
3
(50.7)
3
(52.9)
0
(0.0)
1
(18.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(18.3)
3
(55.0)
1
(18.5)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)738.0883.6605.2796.4896.8746.2597.3582.8632.0597.9516.0484.1412.5521.5

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City-data.com crime index in Chester, SC

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 29 (27 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

5.01
South Carolina average:

2.48
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Ancestries: African (36.9%), American (10.0%), Irish (2.2%), German (1.9%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 549 feet

Land area: 3.17 square miles.

Population density: 1,710 people per square mile   (low).

Chester, South Carolina map

69 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.2%
South Carolina:

4.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $952 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $454 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Gastonia, NC (38.1 miles , pop. 66,277).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (40.9 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (495.0 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Eureka Mill, SC (1.1 miles ),
Gayle Mill, SC (1.2 miles ),
Lowrys, SC (2.7 miles ),
Richburg, SC (3.3 miles ),
McConnells, SC (3.3 miles ),
Lockhart, SC (3.9 miles),
Carlisle, SC (4.1 miles ),
Landsford, SC (4.1 miles )

Latitude: 34.71 N, Longitude: 81.21 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +291 (+5.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 502 (22.8%)

Area code: 803

Distribution of median household income in Chester, SC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Chester, SC in 2017
Chester satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.6%
South Carolina:

3.3%
Historical population in Chester, SC
Historical housing units in Chester, SC
Most common industries in Chester, SC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Textile mills & textile products (9.7%)
  • Health care (9.2%)
  • Educational services (7.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.3%)
  • Construction (6.8%)
  • Metal & metal products (5.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (14.2%)
  • Metal & metal products (10.1%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (7.9%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (5.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.9%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (4.5%)
  • Educational services (4.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (14.6%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (11.3%)
  • Educational services (10.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.2%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.6%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (4.5%)
  • Public administration (3.6%)
Most common occupations in Chester, SC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (10.2%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (6.6%)
  • Cashiers (4.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.1%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (3.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (12.2%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7.2%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (6.2%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.8%)
  • Carpenters (4.8%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.6%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (10.2%)
  • Cashiers (8.9%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.2%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.8%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (3.6%)

Average climate in Chester, South Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Chester, South Carolina environmental map by EPA

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 62.1. This is about average.

City:

62.1
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.0702. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 16.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0702
U.S.:

1.7894
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 26.2. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 6.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.2
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2007 was 0.00085. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 21.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00085
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Chester-area historical tornado activity is slightly above South Carolina state average. It is 26% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/28/1984, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 24.0 miles away from the Chester city center killed 5 people and injured 49 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 tornado 33.3 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured 6 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Chester-area historical earthquake activity is near South Carolina state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 93.0 miles away from the city center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 139.1 miles away from Chester center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 172.8 miles away from the city center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 130.7 miles away from the city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 285.8 miles away from the city center
On 4/13/1998 at 09:56:11, a magnitude 3.9 (3.5 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 42.9 miles away from Chester center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Chester County (8) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 3, Drought: 1, Flood: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Chester topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Chester:

  • CHESTER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Proprietary, provides emergency services, 1 MEDICAL PARK DRIVE)
  • UNITED HOSPICE OF THE PIEDMONT (118 YORK STREET)
  • CHESTER NURSING CENTER (1 MEDICAL PARK DRIVE)
  • BMA OF CHESTER INC (501 HEALTHWAY DRIVE)
  • NEIGHBORS CARE HOME HEALTH AGENCY, AN AMEDISYS CO (1645 JA COCHRAN BYPASS SUITE 1)

Airports and heliports located in Chester:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Chester:

  • Winthrop University (about 20 miles; Rock Hill, SC; Full-time enrollment: 5,575)
  • York Technical College (about 21 miles; Rock Hill, SC; FT enrollment: 3,572)
  • Limestone College (about 35 miles; Gaffney, SC; FT enrollment: 2,758)
  • Queens University of Charlotte (about 40 miles; Charlotte, NC; FT enrollment: 2,083)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (about 42 miles; Charlotte, NC; FT enrollment: 15,371)
  • Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte (about 42 miles; Charlotte, NC; FT enrollment: 2,518)
  • Gaston College (about 42 miles; Dallas, NC; FT enrollment: 4,385)

Public high schools in Chester:

  • WOODLAND HIGH (Students: 662, Location: 4128 HIGHWAY 78, Grades: 9-12)
  • DORCHESTER CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER (Location: 507 SCHOOL HOUSE ROAD, Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Chester:

  • HARLEYVILLE-RIDGEVILLE MIDDLE (Students: 436, Location: 1650 EAST MAIN STREET, Grades: 6-8)
  • HARLEYVILLE ELEMENTARY (Location: 1650 EAST MAIN STREET, Grades: PK-5)
See full list of schools located in Chester

Library in Chester:

  • CHESTER COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $760,823; Location: 100 CENTER STREET; 102,590 books; 4,835 audio materials; 1,344 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 35 state licensed databases; 71 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Birthplace of Rashad Hinton: DHL Operations Manager

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Chester: Chester Fire Department (A), Center for Retarded Children (B), Chester City Hall (C), Chester County Courthouse (D), Chester County Library (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Chester Mall Shopping Center (1), Peoples Plaza Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Chester include: Union Church (A), Bethel United Methodist Church (B), Brooklyn African Methodist Episcopal Church (C), Carmel Presbyterian Church (D), Chester Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (E), Church of God (F), First Baptist Church (G), Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church (H), Mount Calvary Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Chester include: Chester County Fairgrounds (1), Chester Historic District (2), Wylie Park (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Carolina Adventures Inc (Tours & Charters; Po Box 653).

Birthplace of: Scot Brantley - College football player, John Dunovant - General, Maurice Morris - 2005 NFL player (Seattle Seahawks, born: Dec 1, 1979), Allison Feaster - WNBA player (Charlotte Sting, born: Feb 11, 1976), Antonio Larell Davis - Boxer, Devan Downey - College basketball player (Cincinnati Bearcats), Ed Durham - Major League Baseball pitcher, Marion Campbell - Football player, Tony Stewart (Canadian football) - Football player, Zip Hanna - Football player.

Chester County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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

  • CHESTER METRO (1220002) (Population served: 14,022, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
  • WHARRY'S PLACE (1270212) (Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.5 people
South Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

66.0%
Whole state:

67.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.2%
Whole state:

6.0%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
104 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
77 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000

Banks with branches in Chester (2011 data):

  • First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc.: Chester Branch at 120 Church Street, branch established on 1905/10/05; Chester Bypass Branch at 1612 J A Cochran Bypass, branch established on 1978/09/18. Info updated 2011/08/24: Bank assets: $8,104.0 mil, Deposits: $6,880.8 mil, headquarters in Columbia, SC, positive income, 197 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc.
  • Spratt Savings and Loan Association: Spratt Savings And Loan Association at 121 Saluda St, branch established on 1893/01/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $99.8 mil, Deposits: $72.7 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 2 total offices
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Chester Sc Branch at 115 Saluda Street, branch established on 1933/01/01. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Chester:

Marital status in Chester, SC
  • Never married: 40.3%
  • Now married: 38.2%
  • Separated: 4.8%
  • Widowed: 8.7%
  • Divorced: 8.0%

For population 25 years and over in Chester:

  • High school or higher: 76.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.1%
  • Unemployed: 10.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.5
South Carolina average:

11.6

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

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Chester, SC (based on Chester County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant9,95547
Black Protestant4,64528
Mainline Protestant2,53731
Other2491
Catholic1742
None15,580-
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: 7
Chester County:

2.15 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Chester County:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 28
Chester County:

8.60 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 17
Chester County:

5.22 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Chester County:

13.0%
State:

10.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

32.9%
South Carolina:

29.4%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Chester County:

14.6%
South Carolina:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

49.0%
South Carolina:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

45.2%
South Carolina:

45.1%

Average BMI:
This city:

29.6
State:

29.1

People feeling badly about themselves:
Chester:

19.3%
South Carolina:

20.8%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Chester:

13.3%
South Carolina:

11.2%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.7
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Chester:

35.5%
State:

34.4%

General health condition:
Chester:

53.6%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

80.7%
State:

79.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Chester, SC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 36$69,571$23,1900$0
Firefighters 26$76,746$35,4210$0
Solid Waste Management 18$32,666$21,7771$1,014
Judicial and Legal 4$4,685$14,0552$2,456
Financial Administration 4$7,411$22,2330$0
Parks and Recreation 3$7,023$28,09232$11,234
Other Government Administration 2$10,208$61,2489$5,881
Fire - Other 1$2,442$29,3040$0
Police - Other 1$2,213$26,5561$1,343
Totals for Government 95$212,965$26,90145$21,928

Chester government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $1,378,000 ($254.24)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,272,000 ($234.69)
    Solid Waste Management: $820,000 ($151.29)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $464,000 ($85.61)
    General - Other: $452,000 ($83.39)
    Central Staff Services: $402,000 ($74.17)
    Parks and Recreation: $226,000 ($41.70)
    Financial Administration: $42,000 ($7.75)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,500,000 ($461.25)

Chester government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Other: $1,526,000 ($281.55)
    Solid Waste Management: $482,000 ($88.93)
    Parks and Recreation: $21,000 ($3.87)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $10,000 ($1.85)
    Sewerage: $4,000 ($0.74)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $230,000 ($42.44)
    General Revenue - Other: $13,000 ($2.40)
    Interest Earnings: $8,000 ($1.48)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $314,000 ($57.93)
  • Tax - Property: $1,769,000 ($326.38)
    Other License: $786,000 ($145.02)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $132,000 ($24.35)
    Public Utility License: $27,000 ($4.98)

Chester government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $421,000 ($77.68)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $419,000 ($77.31)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $90,000 ($16.61)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $88,000 ($16.24)

Chester government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,000 ($0.37)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,497,000 ($460.70)

5.50% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($35,045 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.50%
South Carolina average:

7.95%

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

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from York County, SC  2.37% ($34,311 average AGI)
from Lancaster County, SC  0.50% ($28,070)
from Mecklenburg County, NC  0.30% ($44,647)


5.28% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($33,357 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.28%
South Carolina average:

6.98%

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

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to York County, SC  2.38% ($31,726 average AGI)
to Lancaster County, SC  0.70% ($29,405)
to Fairfield County, SC  0.30% ($42,500)
Businesses in Chester, SC
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Advance Auto Parts1Nike1
AutoZone1Pizza Hut1
Burger King1Subway1
CVS1True Value1
FedEx1U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS1
Hardee's1Walmart1
KFC1Wendy's1
Little Caesars Pizza1YMCA1
McDonald's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Chester:

  • WGCD (1490 AM; 1 kW; CHESTER, SC; Owner: FRANK NEELY)
  • WAGL (1560 AM; daytime; 50 kW; LANCASTER, SC; Owner: PALMETTO BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC.)
  • WBCU (1460 AM; 50 kW; UNION, SC)
  • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WCEO (840 AM; daytime; 50 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING GROUP, INC.)
  • WBAJ (890 AM; daytime; 50 kW; BLYTHEWOOD, SC; Owner: FAMILY FIRST)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBZK (980 AM; 3 kW; YORK, SC; Owner: CAROLINA METRO RADIO, LLC)
  • WLTC (1370 AM; 20 kW; GASTONIA, NC)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WCGC (1270 AM; 10 kW; BELMONT, NC; Owner: WHVN, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Chester:

  • W219CH (91.7 FM; LOWRYS, SC; Owner: RICHBURG EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WBT-FM (99.3 FM; CHESTER, SC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WRBK (90.3 FM; RICHBURG, SC; Owner: RICHBURG EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WNSC-FM (88.9 FM; ROCK HILL, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WWMG (96.1 FM; SHELBY, NC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSSL-FM (100.5 FM; GRAY COURT, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WKKT (96.9 FM; STATESVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBAV-FM (101.9 FM; GASTONIA, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WLNK (107.9 FM; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WPEG (97.9 FM; CONCORD, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WNKS (95.1 FM; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WMHK (89.7 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE B/CING CO.)
  • WLYT (102.9 FM; HICKORY, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WRFX-FM (99.7 FM; KANNAPOLIS, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSOC-FM (103.7 FM; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WCOS-FM (97.5 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNOK (104.7 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSSS (104.7 FM; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WRHM (107.1 FM; LANCASTER, SC; Owner: OUR THREE SONS BROADCASTING, LLP)
  • WNMX-FM (106.1 FM; WAXHAW, NC; Owner: GHB OF WAXHAW, INC)

TV broadcast stations around Chester:

  • WNSC-TV (Channel 30; ROCK HILL, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WBTV (Channel 3; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS/WBTV, INC.)
  • WCNC-TV (Channel 36; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: WCNC-TV, INC.)
  • WJZY (Channel 46; BELMONT, NC; Owner: WJZY-TV, INC.)
  • WWWB (Channel 55; ROCK HILL, SC; Owner: WWWB-TV, INC.)
  • WOLO-TV (Channel 25; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTING PARTNERS)
  • WLTX (Channel 19; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.)
  • WACH (Channel 57; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • WAFF (Channel 48; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • WIS (Channel 10; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: LIBCO, INC.)
  • WGTB-LP (Channel 28; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: VICTORY CHRISTIAN CENTER, INC.)
  • WBHQ (Channel 63; SUMTER, SC; Owner: COLUMBIA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WRET-TV (Channel 49; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WRLK-TV (Channel 35; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
Chester fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Chester fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 9Number of bridges
  • 52ft / 16.0mTotal length
  • $836,000Total costs
  • 9,028Total average daily traffic
  • 492Total average daily truck traffic
  • 11,090Total future (year 2037) average daily traffic
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Chester)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 127 (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, SC)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 28 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 83 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Chester)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 9 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Chester)

2004 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2004 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 89. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 124 took place in 2005, and the least - 48 in 2007. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Chester, SC When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (43.1%), and Structure Fires (40.0%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Chester, SC
    • 57743.1%Outside Fires
    • 53540.0%Structure Fires
    • 18313.7%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 443.3%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Chester, SC
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Chester, SC
  • 63.2%Utility gas
  • 32.9%Electricity
  • 1.4%Wood
  • 1.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Chester, SC
  • 71.0%Electricity
  • 26.8%Utility gas
  • 1.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.8%No fuel used
  • 0.4%Other fuel


Chester compared to South Carolina state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Chester on our top lists:

  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most full-time firefighters per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Other Northern America (population 500+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest percentage of single-parent households, population 5,000+"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of police officers per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of workers working at home, population 5,000+"
  • #83 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+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest percentage of English-only speaking households, population 5,000+"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage population decrease from 2000 (population 5,000+)"
  • #37 (29706) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Scotch-Irish first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
There are 15 pilots and 6 other airmen in this city.
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