Chester, NJ
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Chester is a very small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 1,675 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Chester is the 448th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Chester are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Chester is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 89.64% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chester is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chester who work in office and administrative support (17.41%), management occupations (16.98%), and food service (10.36%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.59% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Because of many things, Chester is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Chester a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Chester has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Chester’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

If knowledge is power, Chester is a pretty powerful place. 56.24% of the adults in Chester have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Chester in 2010 was $52,989, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $211,956 for a family of four. However, Chester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chester is a somewhat ethnically-diverse borough. 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 Asian. Chester also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.97% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chester include Italian, Irish, English, and Polish.

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