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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chester is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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%).

In addition, Chester is a college town. There are a lot of students in Chester attending college, and as a result Chester provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

A lot of people in Chester take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Chester, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

In Chester, just 10.23% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

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.