Chester, Illinois Population 2022

6,460
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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 6,460, it is the 297th largest city in Illinois and the 5618th largest city in the United States. Chester is currently declining at a rate of -2.67% annually and its population has decreased by -5.20% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 6,814 in 2020. Spanning over 6 miles, Chester has a population density of 1,113 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chester is $63,071 with a poverty rate of 18.19%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $609 per month, and the median house value is $96,800. 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 Chesterwas:

  • White: 70.32%
  • Black or African American: 25.59%
  • Two or more races: 1.66%
  • Other race: 1.49%
  • Native American: 0.65%
  • Asian: 0.29%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Chester, Illinois is 6,460 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 6,814.

Chester, Illinois Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White5,81170.32%
Black or African American2,11525.59%
American Indian and Alaska Native540.65%
Asian240.29%
Some Other Race1231.49%
Two or More Races1371.66%
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Chester Population by Race

Chester Population Pyramid 2022

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Chester Median Age

40.9


Total

39.4


Male

47.5


Female

Chester Adults

There are 7,358 adults, (1,153 of whom are seniors) in Chester.

Chester Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

18.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

14.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Chester Sex Ratio

Female

2,525

30.55%

Male

5,739

69.45%

Chester Population by Age

Chester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chester Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married92.7%7.3%
Male67.6%32.4%
All66.7%33.3%
Female61.8%38.2%
Non Family46.8%53.2%

66.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chester Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All2,1952.1866.7
Married8032.9192.7
Male1054.0967.6
Female3093.0461.8
Non Family9781.1146.8

2.97

Average Family Size

2.18

Average Household Size

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Chester Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3234.87%
9th to 12th Grade1,65224.88%
High School Graduate2,61439.37%
Some College1,19818.04%
Associates Degree3024.55%
Bachelors Degree3545.33%
Graduate Degree1962.95%
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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
Native American403030
Asian241610
2+ Races724514
White4,3183,742486
Hispanic40712814
Black1,81971710
Other Race7046

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 86.66%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 75.00%.

Chester Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,801$41,977$31,225
Less Than 9th Grade$25,938$$31,944
High School Graduate$31,855$40,337$22,629
Some College$36,218$42,995$26,927
Bachelors Degree$51,500$71,371$49,130
Graduate Degree$61,029$$90,524

$35,801

Average Earnings

$41,977

Average Male

$31,225

Average Female

Chester Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chester Language by Age

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Chester Language

93.24% of Chester residents speak only English, while 6.76% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.01% of the population.

Chester Language

Chester Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black5151100.00%
Hispanic18412065.22%
White4,56572215.82%
Other119NaN%

18.19%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.46%

Male Poverty Rate

17.91%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chester

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chester is Black, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 9.41%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.29%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.43%.

Chester Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.21%
High School17.23%
Some College14.45%
Bachelors or Greater4.04%

Chester Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed7.00%
Male Unemployed0.00%
Female Employed20.50%
Female Unemployed41.30%

Chester Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chester Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$51,830$66,565
Families$75,888$85,531
Married Families$96,354-
Non Families$31,250$40,561
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Income by Household Type

Chester Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

30.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

25.5%

Male Marriage Rate

41.5%

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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576

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War115
First Gulf War164
Vietnam153
Korea56
World War II36

Chester Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 3436
35 to 54180
55 to 64141
65 to 74122
75+97

Chester Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White50910.35%
Black492.32%
Native American820.00%
Other Race43.25%
2+ Races66.12%
Hispanic40.84%

Chester Veterans by Race

Chester Veterans by Education

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12.17%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.27%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chester Veterans by Education

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31.3%

Labor Force Participation

29.6%

Employment Rate

3.6%

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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74.24%

Born in Chester

97.88%

Native Born

2.12%

Foreign Born

1.66%

Non Citizen

0.46%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.88% of Chester residents were born in the United States, with 74.24% 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: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18802,5800.00%
18902,7081280.49%
19002,8321240.45%
19102,747-85-0.30%
19202,9041570.56%
19303,9221,0183.05%
19405,1101,1882.68%
19505,3892790.53%
19604,460-929-1.87%
19705,3108501.76%
19808,4013,0914.69%
19908,194-207-0.25%
20005,185-3,009-4.47%
20108,5863,4015.17%
20118,409-177-2.06%
20128,232-177-2.10%
20138,055-177-2.15%
20147,878-177-2.20%
20157,701-177-2.25%
20167,524-177-2.30%
20177,347-177-2.35%
20187,170-177-2.41%
20196,993-177-2.47%
20206,814-179-2.56%
20216,637-177-2.60%
20226,460-177-2.67%

Chester Population by Year