Chester, VA
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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, 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 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 (16.37%), sales jobs (12.09%), and management occupations (9.38%).

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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Chester is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Chester, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

In terms of college education, Chester is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.73% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Chester in 2010 was $28,716, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $114,864 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 Scots-Irish.

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