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Raw data sources: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.
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With a population of 33,988, 11,610 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $70,911, house prices in Chester are some of the most affordable in Pennsylvania as well as the nation.
Row houses and other attached homes are the single most common housing type in Chester, accounting for 61.79% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Chester include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 15.27%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 12.56%), and a few single-family detached homes ( 10.10%). Cities that are predominantly high-density buildings are relatively uncommon in the US. Because of the density, these types of cities are often walkable and compact, and often have a lively downtown.
Renters dominate Chester's housing market, and most live in three of four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in row houses and other attached homes.
At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Chester's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 44.15% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Chester include homes built before 1939 ( 31.60%) and housing constructed between 1970-1999 ( 17.12%). There's also some housing in Chester built between 2000 and later ( 7.14%).
Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Chester. Fully 21.02% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Chester homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Chester real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.
Chester's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Chester during the period has been just -1.45%, which is lower than 80% of US communities.
Over the last year, Chester appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Chester's appreciation rate has been -1.13%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Chester were at -2.40%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -9.26%.
Notably, Chester's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.
Relative to Pennsylvania, our data show that Chester's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 90% of the other cities and towns in Pennsylvania.
One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Chester differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Chester - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Chester real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
|$809,001 - $1,078,000||0.1|
|$539,001 - $809,000||0.0|
|$431,001 - $539,000||0.1|
|$324,001 - $431,000||0.7|
|$215,001 - $324,000||2.3|
|$108,001 - $215,000||20.0|
|$54,001 - $108,000||44.9|
|$0 - $54,000||31.5|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
2017 Q3 - 2017 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q4 - 2017 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q4 - 2017 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q4 - 2017 Q4
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q4
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF Chester HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||7.1|
|1970 - 1999||17.1|
|1940 - 1969||44.1|
|1939 or Older||31.6|
|TYPE OF Chester HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||12.6|
|SIZE OF Chester HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||3.41|