Chester is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 22,066 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Chester is the 45th largest community in Virginia.
Unlike some towns 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 town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chester who work in office and administrative support (16.03%), sales jobs (11.94%), and management occupations (10.54%).
Also of interest is that Chester has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
The percentage of people in Chester who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.73% of adults in Chester have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Chester in 2010 was $28,309, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $113,236 for a family of four. However, Chester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Chester is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chester include German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Chester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.