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 90.12% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chester is a borough of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chester who work in management occupations (17.99%), office and administrative support (15.34%), and teaching (9.14%).

Of important note, Chester is also a borough of artists. Chester has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Chester’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.28% 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.

In addition, Chester is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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.

Despite being a small borough, Chester has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Chester is a pretty powerful place. 54.17% 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 $49,976, 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 $199,904 for a family of four. However, Chester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 11.37% 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.