Chester, South Carolina Population 2020

5,381

Chester is a city located in South Carolina. With a 2020 population of 5,381, it is the 61st largest city in South Carolina and the 4552nd largest city in the United States. Chester is currently declining at a rate of -0.11% annually and its population has decreased by -4.03% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,607 in 2010. Chester reached it's highest population of 7,158 in 1990. Spanning over 3 miles, Chester has a population density of 1,628 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chester is $41,667 with a poverty rate of 23.64%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $575 per month, and the median house value is $75,100. The median age in Chester is 35.9 years, 33.2 years for males, and 40.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 88.4 males.

Chester Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 68.05%
  • White: 31.53%
  • Two or more races: 0.26%
  • Asian: 0.17%
  • Native American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
  • Other race: 0.00%
The current population of Chester, South Carolina is 5,381, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 5,393.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 5,607.

Chester, South Carolina Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American3,69768.05%
White1,71331.53%
Two or More Races140.26%
Asian90.17%

Chester Population Pyramid 2020

Chester Median Age

35.9


Total

33.2


Male

40.5


Female

Chester Adults

There are 4,182 adults, (834 of whom are seniors) in Chester.

Chester Age Dependency

62.3

Age Dependency Ratio

24.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Chester Sex Ratio

Female

2,884

53.08%

Male

2,549

46.92%

Chester Households and Families

Chester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Chester Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.2%27.8%
Female53.8%46.2%
All51.2%48.8%
Non Family40.7%59.3%
Male25.8%74.2%

51.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All2,2352.3951.2
Non Family1,0661.1640.7
Married6723.3272.2
Female3463.8253.8
Male1513.6625.8

3.45

Average Family Size

2.39

Average Household Size

3.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Chester Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2406.50%
9th to 12th Grade63817.27%
High School Graduate1,44139.01%
Some College55615.05%
Associates Degree2957.99%
Bachelors Degree3248.77%
Graduate Degree2005.41%

Chester Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black2,3171,707232
White1,3091,055282
Hispanic45367
Multiple Races14143
Asian94

The highest rate of high school graduation is among multiple races people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 21.54%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$26,175$30,304$25,213
Less Than High School$21,162$$26,250
High School Grad$27,276$34,434$16,775
Some College$24,872$25,286$24,130
Bachelors Degree$41,106$44,375$40,673
Graduate Degree$34,063$$44,125

$26,175

Average Earnings

$30,304

Average Male

$25,213

Average Female

Chester Language

Chester Language by Age

Chester Language

98.07% of Chester residents speak only English, while 1.93% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.38% of the population.

Chester Poverty

Chester Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black3,5951,09730.51%
White1,6381509.16%
Multiple14428.57%

23.64%

Overall Poverty Rate

25.72%

Male Poverty Rate

21.83%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chester

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chester is Black, with 30.51% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chester is White, with 9.16% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 9.57%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.08%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.35%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School37.47%
High School20.88%
Some College11.60%
Bachelors or Greater10.88%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed45.36%
Male Employed13.81%
Female Employed11.00%
Male Unemployed3.81%

Chester Income

Chester Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$25,871$41,667
Families$47,528$54,841
Married Families$59,091-
Non Families$16,416$25,347

Chester Marital Status

Chester Marital Status

Marriage Rates

32.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.1%

Male Marriage Rate

32.0%

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 45-54.

Chester Marital Status by Race

Chester Veterans

189

Number of Veterans

168

Male Veterans

21

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam82
First Gulf War33
World War II13
Second Gulf War11
Korea10

$Chester Veterans by Education

8.99%

Veteran Poverty Rate

59.79%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chester Employment Status

57.4%

Labor Force Participation

49.7%

Employment Rate

13.4%

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

76.16%

Born in South Carolina

99.39%

Native Born

0.61%

Foreign Born

0.26%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

99.39% of Chester residents were born in the United States, with 76.16% 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.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20205,381-6-0.11%
20195,387-6-0.11%
20185,393-17-0.31%
20175,410-6-0.11%
20165,416-29-0.53%
20155,445-12-0.22%
20145,457-55-1.00%
20135,5120.00%
20125,512-34-0.61%
20115,546-54-0.96%
20105,600-876-1.44%
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%