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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chester who work in office and administrative support (17.73%), sales jobs (11.49%), and management occupations (10.99%).

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.

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: 27.86% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Chester in 2010 was $27,223, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,892 for a family of four. However, Chester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chester is a very 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.