Chesterfield is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 64,777 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Chesterfield is the 16th largest community in Virginia.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chesterfield is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chesterfield is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chesterfield who work in office and administrative support (14.33%), management occupations (11.92%), and sales jobs (10.30%).
Also of interest is that Chesterfield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Chesterfield is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Chesterfield’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Chesterfield is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Chesterfield, the average commute to work is 30.70 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of Chesterfield citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.01% of adults in Chesterfield have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Chesterfield in 2010 was $34,059, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $136,236 for a family of four. However, Chesterfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Chesterfield is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Chesterfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chesterfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chesterfield include German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Chesterfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.