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 86.90% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chestertown is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chestertown who work in office and administrative support (19.81%), management occupations (10.88%), and food service (8.29%).
Chestertown is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Chestertown to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local 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 15.30 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 citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.74% of adults in Chestertown have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Chestertown in 2010 was $21,289, which is low income relative to Maryland, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $85,156 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 Polish.
The most common language spoken in Chestertown is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Chinese.