Chester, NY
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Chester is a very small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 3,918 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Chester is the 377th largest community in New York.

Chester is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Chester is a village of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chester who work in office and administrative support (18.08%), management occupations (8.39%), and sales jobs (6.35%).

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 downside of living in Chester is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Chester, the average commute to work is 30.72 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Chester is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The overall education level of Chester is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.25% of adults 25 and older in the village have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Chester in 2010 was $33,241, which is upper middle income relative to New York, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $132,964 for a family of four. However, Chester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chester is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. 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 19.81% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chester include Irish, German, Polish, and Jamaican.

In addition, Chester has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.06%).

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