Chester, Pennsylvania Population 2020

33,775

Chester is a city located in Pennsylvania. With a 2020 population of 33,775, it is the 15th largest city in Pennsylvania and the 1157th largest city in the United States. Chester is currently declining at a rate of -0.20% annually and its population has decreased by -0.58% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 33,972 in 2010. Chester reached it's highest population of 66,039 in 1950. Spanning over 6 miles, Chester has a population density of 6,988 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chester is $41,564 with a poverty rate of 33.61%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $834 per month, and the median house value is $67,800. The median age in Chester is 30.8 years, 29.7 years for males, and 32.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 99.5 males.

Chester Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 70.17%
  • White: 20.84%
  • Other race: 5.02%
  • Two or more races: 2.95%
  • Asian: 0.91%
  • Native American: 0.11%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Chester, Pennsylvania is 33,775, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 33,909.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 33,972.

Chester, Pennsylvania Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American23,84270.17%
White7,08020.84%
Some Other Race1,7065.02%
Two or More Races1,0032.95%
Asian3080.91%
American Indian and Alaska Native380.11%

Chester Population Pyramid 2020

Chester Median Age

30.8


Total

29.7


Male

32.1


Female

Chester Adults

There are 25,811 adults, (4,047 of whom are seniors) in Chester.

Chester Age Dependency

56.1

Age Dependency Ratio

18.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Chester Sex Ratio

Female

17,030

50.12%

Male

16,947

49.88%

Chester Households and Families

Chester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Chester Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married59.8%40.2%
All35.1%64.9%
Male33.2%66.8%
Female31.1%68.9%
Non Family29.6%70.4%

35.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All11,6332.635.1
Non Family5,0021.2929.6
Female3,8593.7531.1
Married1,8063.4859.8
Male9663.1733.2

3.45

Average Family Size

2.6

Average Household Size

7.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Chester Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1345.53%
9th to 12th Grade2,70713.19%
High School Graduate9,42445.92%
Some College3,90519.03%
Associates Degree1,0925.32%
Bachelors Degree1,5697.65%
Graduate Degree6903.36%

Chester Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black14,61012,3181,359
White3,4352,928602
Hispanic2,2411,183227
Other Race1,11860666
Multiple Races36325885
Asian14211271
Native American3422

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 85.24%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 50.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,768$27,991$27,553
Less Than High School$18,867$20,130$16,950
High School Grad$27,633$28,214$26,553
Some College$27,773$30,357$26,879
Bachelors Degree$31,738$31,006$35,938
Graduate Degree$40,236$37,931$41,858

$27,768

Average Earnings

$27,991

Average Male

$27,553

Average Female

Chester Language

Chester Language by Age

Chester Language

87.75% of Chester residents speak only English, while 12.25% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.47% of the population.

Chester Poverty

Chester Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black23,0667,11330.84%
Hispanic3,5331,72348.77%
White3,8551,35135.05%
Other1,47385457.98%
Multiple85227632.39%
Native322371.88%
Asian18352.73%

33.61%

Overall Poverty Rate

31.55%

Male Poverty Rate

35.46%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chester

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chester is Native, with 71.88% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chester is Asian, with 2.73% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.16%. Among those working part-time, it was 32.68%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 44.81%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School39.63%
High School26.07%
Some College26.03%
Bachelors or Greater15.42%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed51.65%
Male Unemployed35.52%
Female Employed18.52%
Male Employed12.04%

Chester Income

Chester Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$30,949$41,564
Families$35,946$48,011
Married Families$58,333-
Non Families$21,385$29,983

Chester Marital Status

Chester Marital Status

Marriage Rates

16.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

17.9%

Male Marriage Rate

14.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Chester Married by Age and Sex

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 35-44.

Chester Marital Status by Race

Chester Veterans

1,578

Number of Veterans

1,482

Male Veterans

96

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam541
First Gulf War227
Second Gulf War225
Korea203
World War II40
Name Veterans % of Total
Black1,0766.14%
White3756.08%
Hispanic1174.43%
Other917.11%
2 or More193.63%
Asian176.42%

$Chester Veterans by Education

23.71%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.20%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chester Employment Status

52.6%

Labor Force Participation

44.8%

Employment Rate

14.8%

Unemployment Rate

Chester Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

73.59%

Born in Pennsylvania

95.64%

Native Born

4.36%

Foreign Born

2.65%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.64% of Chester residents were born in the United States, with 73.59% having been born in Pennsylvania. 2.65% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202033,775-67-0.20%
201933,842-67-0.20%
201833,90930.01%
201733,906-67-0.20%
201633,973-39-0.11%
201534,012-51-0.15%
201434,06390.03%
201334,054910.27%
201233,9631990.59%
201133,764-176-0.52%
201033,940-2,914-0.82%
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%