Chester, South Carolina Population 2021

5,337
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Chester is a city located in Chester County South Carolina. With a 2020 population of 5,337, it is the 63rd largest city in South Carolina and the 4589th largest city in the United States . Chester is currently declining at a rate of -0.37% annually and its population has decreased by -4.82% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,607 in 2010. Chester reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 3 miles, Chester has a population density of 1,615 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chester is $38,439 with a poverty rate of 27.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $580 per month, and the median house value is $67,100. The median age in Chester is 34.3 years, 32.4 years for males, and 38.1 years for females.

Chester Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 63.78%
  • White: 35.24%
  • Two or more races: 0.78%
  • Asian: 0.20%
  • Native American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
  • Other race: 0.00%
The current population of Chester, South Carolina is 5,337 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 5,377.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 5,607.

Chester, South Carolina Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American3,44963.78%
White1,90635.24%
Two or More Races420.78%
Asian110.20%
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Chester Population by Race

Chester Population Pyramid $2021

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Chester Median Age

34.3


Total

32.4


Male

38.1


Female

Chester Adults

There are 4,103 adults, (807 of whom are seniors) in Chester.

Chester Age Dependency

64.1

Age Dependency Ratio

24.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Chester Sex Ratio

Female

2,826

52.26%

Male

2,582

47.74%

Chester Population by Age

Chester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chester Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male13.2%86.8%
Non Family34.1%65.9%
All47.6%52.4%
Female57.2%42.8%
Married76.2%23.8%

47.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chester Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All2,2442.3747.6
Non Family1,1131.234.1
Married5893.2176.2
Female3833.957.2
Male1593.7113.2

3.4

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

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Chester Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2316.26%
9th to 12th Grade57415.55%
High School Graduate1,33236.09%
Some College78721.32%
Associates Degree3519.51%
Bachelors Degree2957.99%
Graduate Degree1213.28%
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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
Black2,2351,707189
White1,3681,118217
Hispanic39317
2+ Races38253
Asian115

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 81.73%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among hispanic people with a rate of 17.95%.

Chester Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,415$32,857$25,135
Less Than 9th Grade$22,390$21,364$30,078
High School Graduate$30,671$37,596$17,009
Some College$26,524$32,952$25,336
Bachelors Degree$41,797$49,583$
Graduate Degree$58,672$$58,359

$27,415

Average Earnings

$32,857

Average Male

$25,135

Average Female

Chester Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chester Language by Age

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Chester Language

98.37% of Chester residents speak only English, while 1.63% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.24% of the population.

Chester Language

Chester Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black3,3571,20335.84%
White1,82221511.80%
Multiple423480.95%

27.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

29.88%

Male Poverty Rate

25.53%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chester

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chester is Multiple, with 80.95% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chester is White, with 11.80% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 8.61%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.79%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 41.06%.

Chester Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade38.57%
High School28.53%
Some College16.06%
Bachelors or Greater10.82%

Chester Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed71.43%
Male Employed15.49%
Female Employed10.69%
Male Unemployed9.68%

Chester Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chester Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$26,330$38,439
Families$38,417$46,729
Married Families$56,849-
Non Families$17,785$25,023
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Income by Household Type

Chester Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

29.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.6%

Male Marriage Rate

29.1%

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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172

Number of Veterans

148

Male Veterans

24

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam87
World War II10
First Gulf War10
Second Gulf War9
Korea4

Chester Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
55 to 6463
65 to 7458
75+27
35 to 5424
18 to 34

Chester Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black923.84%
White804.82%

Chester Veterans by Race

Chester Veterans by Education

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9.88%

Veteran Poverty Rate

68.02%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chester Veterans by Education

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54.6%

Labor Force Participation

49%

Employment Rate

10.4%

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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76.65%

Born in Chester

99.41%

Native Born

0.59%

Foreign Born

0.26%

Non Citizen

0.33%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.41% of Chester residents were born in the United States, with 76.65% having been born in South Carolina. 0.26% 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
20215,337-20-0.37%
20205,357-20-0.37%
20195,377-20-0.37%
20185,397-9-0.17%
20175,406-7-0.13%
20165,413-27-0.50%
20155,440-11-0.20%
20145,451-54-0.98%
20135,5050.00%
20125,505-36-0.65%
20115,541-50-0.89%
20105,591-885-1.46%
20006,476-682-1.00%
19907,1583380.48%
19806,820-225-0.32%
19707,0451390.20%
19606,906130.02%
19506,8935010.76%
19406,3928641.46%
19305,528-29-0.05%
19205,5578031.57%
19104,7546791.55%
19004,0751,3724.19%
18902,7030.00%

Chester Population by Year