Chester, Pennsylvania Population 2021

34,100
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Chester is a city located in Delaware County Pennsylvania. With a 2020 population of 34,100, it is the 15th largest city in Pennsylvania and the 1160th largest city in the United States . Chester is currently growing at a rate of 0.15% annually and its population has increased by 0.38% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 33,972 in 2010. Chester reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 6 miles, Chester has a population density of 7,055 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chester is $46,003 with a poverty rate of 31.42%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $860 per month, and the median house value is $72,400. The median age in Chester is 31.3 years, 30.6 years for males, and 31.9 years for females.

Chester Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Chesterwas:

  • Black or African American: 68.92%
  • White: 20.56%
  • Other race: 5.82%
  • Two or more races: 3.73%
  • Asian: 0.64%
  • Native American: 0.32%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Chester, Pennsylvania is 34,100 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 34,000.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 33,972.

Chester, Pennsylvania Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American23,42068.92%
White6,98820.56%
Some Other Race1,9795.82%
Two or More Races1,2683.73%
Asian2180.64%
American Indian and Alaska Native1090.32%
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Chester Population by Race

Chester Population Pyramid $2021

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Chester Median Age

31.3


Total

30.6


Male

31.9


Female

Chester Adults

There are 25,860 adults, (4,256 of whom are seniors) in Chester.

Chester Age Dependency

57.3

Age Dependency Ratio

19.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Chester Sex Ratio

Female

17,221

50.68%

Male

16,761

49.32%

Chester Population by Age

Chester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chester Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male28.6%71.4%
Female29.9%70.1%
Non Family32.2%67.8%
All36.1%63.9%
Married63.7%36.3%

36.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chester Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All11,6022.6136.1
Non Family4,9331.3332.2
Female3,8583.6129.9
Married1,8453.4763.7
Male9663.4728.6

3.41

Average Family Size

2.61

Average Household Size

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Chester Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1045.28%
9th to 12th Grade2,41211.55%
High School Graduate9,79346.88%
Some College3,75817.99%
Associates Degree1,2616.04%
Bachelors Degree1,9229.20%
Graduate Degree6403.06%
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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
Black14,62912,5391,518
White3,5763,029674
Hispanic2,2731,447301
Other Race1,35786368
2+ Races524441183
Asian916618
Native American473827

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 85.71%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 57.45%.

Chester Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,210$29,923$28,775
Less Than 9th Grade$22,257$22,688$19,899
High School Graduate$29,051$30,263$28,436
Some College$28,385$30,636$27,478
Bachelors Degree$35,938$32,813$39,208
Graduate Degree$38,194$26,823$43,412

$29,210

Average Earnings

$29,923

Average Male

$28,775

Average Female

Chester Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chester Language by Age

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Chester Language

88.62% of Chester residents speak only English, while 11.38% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.65% of the population.

Chester Language

Chester Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black22,5336,37228.28%
Hispanic3,4981,57044.88%
White4,0551,36633.69%
Other1,78388849.80%
Multiple1,13737232.72%
Asian1111816.22%
Native10343.88%

31.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

29.45%

Male Poverty Rate

33.16%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chester

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chester is Other, with 49.80% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chester is Native, with 3.88% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.68%. Among those working part-time, it was 32.93%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 42.52%.

Chester Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade37.91%
Some College26.21%
High School25.63%
Bachelors or Greater14.12%

Chester Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed48.85%
Male Unemployed38.69%
Female Employed18.84%
Male Employed10.61%

Chester Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chester Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$32,403$46,003
Families$36,951$53,000
Married Families$64,821$75,380
Non Families$23,219$32,243
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Income by Household Type

Chester Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

16.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

18.6%

Male Marriage Rate

15.1%

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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1,510

Number of Veterans

1,389

Male Veterans

121

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam449
First Gulf War234
Second Gulf War228
Korea186
World War II49

Chester Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
55 to 64423
35 to 54317
75+314
65 to 74281
18 to 34175

Chester Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black1,0516.11%
White3014.87%
Other Race986.45%
Hispanic963.65%
2+ Races395.52%
Asian2110.40%

Chester Veterans by Race

Chester Veterans by Education

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27.17%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.29%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chester Veterans by Education

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53.7%

Labor Force Participation

47.2%

Employment Rate

12.1%

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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73.38%

Born in Chester

95.52%

Native Born

4.48%

Foreign Born

2.62%

Non Citizen

1.85%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.52% of Chester residents were born in the United States, with 73.38% having been born in Pennsylvania. 2.62% 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: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202134,100500.15%
202034,050500.15%
201934,000500.15%
201833,950250.07%
201733,925-57-0.17%
201633,982-31-0.09%
201534,013-44-0.13%
201434,057100.03%
201334,047870.26%
201233,9601980.59%
201133,762-173-0.51%
201033,935-2,919-0.82%
200036,854-5,002-1.26%
199041,856-3,938-0.90%
198045,794-10,537-2.05%
197056,331-7,327-1.22%
196063,658-2,381-0.37%
195066,0396,7541.08%
194059,2851210.02%
193059,1641,1340.19%
192058,03019,4934.18%
191038,5374,5491.26%
190033,98813,7625.33%
189020,2265,2293.04%
188014,9975,5124.69%
18709,4854,8547.43%
18604,6310.00%

Chester Population by Year