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.

When you are in Chester, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 47.45% of Chester’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Chester is a city of service providers, transportation and shipping workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chester who work in food service (7.88%), healthcare (5.95%), and management occupations (5.68%).

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Chester is worth considering.

Being a small city, Chester does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The citizens of Chester have a very low rate of college education: just 6.12% 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 $13,581, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $54,324 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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