Chester is a very small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 1,672 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Chester is the 444th 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.
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.
Also of interest is that Chester has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 16.67% 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.
Because of many things, Chester is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Chester really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Chester perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Chester. 57.44% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Chester in 2018 was $63,084, 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 $252,336 for a family of four.
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 Black or African-American. Chester also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.69% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chester include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Chester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Scandinavian languages.