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 (16.56%), sales jobs (9.24%), and healthcare suport services (9.11%).

Many people in Chester take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Chester citizens for affordable transportation.

In Chester, just 9.54% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Chester in 2010 was $15,516, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,064 for a family of four. Chester also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.07% 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 10.06% 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.