Chester, SC
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Chester is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 5,486 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Chester is the 71st largest community in South Carolina.

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 city 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 (12.75%), sales jobs (11.69%), and healthcare (6.02%).

The education level of Chester citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.39% of adults 25 and older in Chester have a college degree.

The per capita income in Chester in 2010 was $15,435, which is lower middle income relative to South Carolina, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $61,740 for a family of four. Chester also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 39.09% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Chester is an extremely 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. Important ancestries of people in Chester include English, German, Scots-Irish, and Irish.

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

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