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.

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 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Chester is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Chester area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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.