Chester, NJ

Chester profile

Living in Chester

Chester is a very small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 1,624 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 88.16% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chester is a borough of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chester who work in management occupations (18.53%), sales jobs (13.00%), and office and administrative support (9.91%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.71% 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.

Chester is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Chester’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Chester, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Chester is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 55.45% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Chester in 2018 was $53,935, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $215,740 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 13.91% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chester include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Chester's cultural character, accounting for 16.15% of the borough’s population.

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