Chester, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Chester, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Chester Census Designated Place had a population of 22,142 as of July 1, 2016. Chester ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chester is located at latitude 37.352 and longitude -77.4337 in Chesterfield County. The formal boundaries for the Chester Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.16 sq. miles and a water area of 0.12 sq. miles. Chesterfield County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 174 feet.

The Chester Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389312) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chester population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Chester, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 22,142
Population in Households 22,138
Population in Familes 18,786
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density1 1,683
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 8,353
Average Household Size 2.65
Family Households 6,023
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 8,737 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,877 (67.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,475 (28.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 384 ( 4.4%)
Median Home Value $217,337
Average Home Value $223,677


Median Household Income $57,207
Average Household Income $71,350
Per Capita Income $26,891
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.86% 1.14%
Households 0.72% 1.11%
Families 0.55% 0.97%
Median Household Income   -0.11%
Per Capita Income   1.3%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Chester, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chester to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 51 92nd
Population Density1 # 157 74th
Diversity Index2 # 148 75th
Median Household Income # 216 64th
Per Capita Income # 265 55th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.