Chester, PA
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Chester is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 34,092 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Chester is the 22nd largest community in Pennsylvania.

Unlike some cities, Chester isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Chester are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chester is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chester who work in office and administrative support (15.90%), healthcare suport services (9.36%), and maintenance occupations (8.41%).

Chester is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Chester enrolled in college, Chester has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Chester has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Chester has quite a high level of public transit users. Chester’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The percentage of people in Chester with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.23% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Chester in 2010 was $14,598, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,392 for a family of four. Chester also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.63% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Chester is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Chester also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.58% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chester include German, Italian, English, and Polish.

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