Chester, Illinois Population 2021

8,073
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Chester is a city located in Randolph County Illinois. It is also the county seat of Randolph County. With a 2020 population of 8,073, it is the 254th largest city in Illinois and the 3599th largest city in the United States . Chester is currently declining at a rate of -0.86% annually and its population has decreased by -5.97% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 8,586 in 2010. Chester reached it's highest population of 8,659 in 2013. Spanning over 6 miles, Chester has a population density of 1,390 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chester is $63,071 with a poverty rate of 16.18%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $535 per month, and the median house value is $101,700. The median age in Chester is 41 years, 39 years for males, and 50.2 years for females.

Chester Demographics

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

  • White: 72.00%
  • Black or African American: 25.45%
  • Other race: 1.26%
  • Two or more races: 0.71%
  • Asian: 0.37%
  • Native American: 0.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Chester, Illinois is 8,073 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 8,283.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 8,586.

Chester, Illinois Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White6,00772.00%
Black or African American2,12325.45%
Some Other Race1051.26%
Two or More Races590.71%
Asian310.37%
American Indian and Alaska Native180.22%
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Chester Population by Race

Chester Population Pyramid $2021

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Chester Median Age

41


Total

39


Male

50.2


Female

Chester Adults

There are 7,446 adults, (1,268 of whom are seniors) in Chester.

Chester Age Dependency

35

Age Dependency Ratio

20.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

14.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Chester Sex Ratio

Female

2,491

29.86%

Male

5,852

70.14%

Chester Population by Age

Chester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chester Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married89%11%
Male68.3%31.7%
All66.7%33.3%
Female57%43%
Non Family48.4%51.6%

66.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chester Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All2,1722.266.7
Non Family9741.1148.4
Married8872.8389
Female2073.6357
Male1044.2168.3

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Average Family Size

2.2

Average Household Size

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Chester Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4066.05%
9th to 12th Grade1,63724.40%
High School Graduate2,41235.95%
Some College1,26918.91%
Associates Degree3655.44%
Bachelors Degree4426.59%
Graduate Degree1782.65%
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Chester Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chester Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White4,3893,860569
Black1,836638
Hispanic43512615
Other Race4213
Asian312418
Native American181818
2+ Races151515

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

Chester Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,567$43,125$27,986
Less Than 9th Grade$23,563$$
High School Graduate$25,568$33,885$20,734
Some College$33,824$38,906$26,830
Bachelors Degree$67,929$70,929$46,905
Graduate Degree$$$

$33,567

Average Earnings

$43,125

Average Male

$27,986

Average Female

Chester Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chester Language by Age

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Chester Language

92.65% of Chester residents speak only English, while 7.35% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.35% of the population.

Chester Language

Chester Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White4,64165014.01%
Hispanic14110373.05%
Other10510398.10%
Black573968.42%

16.18%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.77%

Male Poverty Rate

14.52%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chester

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chester is Other, with 98.10% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chester is White, with 14.01% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.56%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.31%.

Chester Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade42.92%
High School14.26%
Some College10.04%
Bachelors or Greater6.57%

Chester Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed42.42%
Female Employed11.45%
Male Employed6.65%
Male Unemployed0.00%

Chester Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chester Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$47,885$63,071
Families$74,342$84,789
Married Families$83,679-
Non Families$27,539$33,139
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Income by Household Type

Chester Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

30.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

25.4%

Male Marriage Rate

43.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Chester Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Chester Marital Status

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567

Number of Veterans

520

Male Veterans

47

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam179
Second Gulf War103
First Gulf War88
Korea86
World War II37

Chester Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
55 to 64149
65 to 74137
75+127
35 to 54125
18 to 3429

Chester Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4939.69%
Black542.54%
Native American18100.00%
Hispanic20.39%
Other Race21.90%

Chester Veterans by Race

Chester Veterans by Education

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13.43%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.46%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chester Veterans by Education

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27.8%

Labor Force Participation

26.4%

Employment Rate

2.4%

Unemployment Rate

Chester Employment by Age

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Chester Employment by Race

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Chester Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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76.54%

Born in Chester

97.93%

Native Born

2.07%

Foreign Born

1.81%

Non Citizen

0.26%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.93% of Chester residents were born in the United States, with 76.54% having been born in Illinois. 1.81% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20218,073-70-0.86%
20208,143-70-0.85%
20198,213-70-0.85%
20188,283-26-0.31%
20178,309-27-0.32%
20168,336-226-2.64%
20158,562-81-0.94%
20148,643-16-0.18%
20138,6591301.52%
20128,529-93-1.08%
20118,622420.49%
20108,5803,3955.17%
20005,185-3,009-4.47%
19908,194-207-0.25%
19808,4013,0914.69%
19705,3108501.76%
19604,460-929-1.87%
19505,3892790.53%
19405,1101,1882.68%
19303,9221,0183.05%
19202,9041570.56%
19102,747-85-0.30%
19002,8321240.45%
18902,7081280.49%
18802,5800.00%

Chester Population by Year