Chester, IL
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Chester is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 8,588 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Chester is the 245th largest community in Illinois.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Chester is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 44.97% of the Chester workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Chester is a city of service providers, production and manufacturing workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chester who work in food service (8.77%), management occupations (7.57%), and healthcare (6.37%).

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Chester has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Chester a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Chester is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The citizens of Chester have a very low rate of college education: just 7.35% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.

The per capita income in Chester in 2010 was $14,087, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $56,348 for a family of four. However, Chester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chester is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chester residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chester include Irish, English, French , and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Chester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.

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