Chestertown is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 5,093 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Chestertown is the 125th largest community in Maryland.
Chestertown is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.53% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chestertown is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chestertown who work in office and administrative support (24.37%), management occupations (12.21%), and teaching (7.63%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.27% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Chestertown is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Chestertown area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Chestertown maintain a good economy.
Chestertown is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One of the benefits of Chestertown is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.14 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
As is often the case in a small town, Chestertown doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The education level of Chestertown ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Chestertown, 40.16% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Chestertown in 2010 was $26,133, which is lower middle income relative to Maryland, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $104,532 for a family of four. However, Chestertown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Chestertown is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Chestertown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chestertown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chestertown include German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Chestertown is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Gujarathi.