Chester, Illinois Population 2024

6,702

Chester is a city located in Randolph County Illinois. Chester has a 2024 population of 6,702. It is also the county seat of Randolph County.Chester is currently declining at a rate of -0.59% annually and its population has decreased by -1.61% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 6,812 in 2020.

The average household income in Chester is $81,370 with a poverty rate of 20.1%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Chester is 43.2 years, 41.5 years for males, and 49 years for females.

Chester Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Chester was:

  • White: 69.99%
  • Black or African American: 25.92%
  • Two or more races: 1.97%
  • Other race: 1.77%
  • Native American: 0.26%
  • Asian: 0.09%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
5.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,154.30/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-1.61% (-110)
The current population of Chester, Illinois is 6,702 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 6,812.

Chester, Illinois Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White4,85869.99%
Black or African American1,79925.92%
Two or more races1371.97%
Other race1231.77%
Native American180.26%
Asian60.09%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Chester Population by Race

Chester Population Pyramid 2024

Chester Median Age

43.2

Total

41.5

Male

49

Female

Chester Adults

There are 6,307 adults, (964 of whom are seniors) in Chester.

Chester Age Dependency

29.9

Age Dependency Ratio

18

Old Age Dependency Ratio

11.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Chester Sex Ratio

Female2,16231.15%
Male4,77968.85%

Chester Population by Age

Chester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,8602.1669.530.5
Non Family8041.1456.843.2
Married7052.8292.27.8
Female2033.1341.958.1
Male1483.2868.231.8
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2.84

Average Family Size

2.16

Average Household Size

69.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Chester Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Chester Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chester Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 22.22%.

Chester Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$44,918

Average Earnings

$54,119

Average Male

$37,798

Average Female

Chester Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chester Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Chester Language

95.35% of Chester residents speak only English, while 4.65% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.57% of the population.

Chester Language

Chester Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White3,87263816.48%
Black113113100%
Hispanic17010260%
Other1239073.17%
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20.1%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.96%

Male Poverty Rate

18.21%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chester

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chester is Black, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chester is White, with 16.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.83%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.1%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35%.

Chester Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade42.6%
High School19.05%
Some College18.78%
Bachelors or Greater7.71%
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Chester Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed47.92%
Female Employed15.16%
Male Employed5.09%
Male Unemployed
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Chester Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chester Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Chester Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

30.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

25.7%

Male Marriage Rate

42.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Chester Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Chester Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Chester Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Chester Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

451

Number of Veterans

417

Male Veterans

34

Female Veterans

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Chester Veterans by War

count

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Chester Veterans by Age

count

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Chester Veterans by Race

Chester Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

9.57%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.32%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chester Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

34.5%

Labor Force Participation

32.8%

Employment Rate

3.7%

Unemployment Rate

Chester Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Chester Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Chester Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

75.39%

Born in Chester

97.78%

Native Born

2.22%

Foreign Born

1.66%

Non Citizen

0.56%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.78% of Chester residents were born in the United States, with 75.39% having been born in Illinois. 1.66% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Chester Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20296,502-40-0.61%
20286,542-40-0.61%
20276,582-40-0.6%
20266,622-40-0.6%
20256,662-40-0.6%
20246,702-40-0.59%
20236,742-40-0.59%
20226,782-40-0.59%
20216,822100.15%
20206,812-1,401-17.06%
20198,213-77-0.93%
20188,290-23-0.28%
20178,313-25-0.3%
20168,338-226-2.64%
20158,564-84-0.97%
20148,648-11-0.13%
20138,6591291.51%
20128,530-97-1.12%
20118,627450.52%
20108,5823,39765.52%
20005,185-3,009-36.72%
19908,194-207-2.46%
19808,4013,09158.21%
19705,31085019.06%
19604,460-929-17.24%
19505,3892795.46%
19405,1101,18830.29%
19303,9221,01835.06%
19202,9041575.72%
19102,747-85-3%
19002,8321244.58%
18902,7081284.96%
18802,580
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Chester Population by Year