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 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, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chester who work in office and administrative support (14.70%), sales jobs (13.02%), and management occupations (9.76%).

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%: 28.65% of adults in Chester have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Chester in 2010 was $29,189, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $116,756 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 English, German, Irish, Italian, and European.

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