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.
Chester is a blue-collar town, with 44.97% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 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%).
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.
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 population of Chester has a very low overall level of education: only 7.35% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.
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.