Chester, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Chester, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Chester Census Designated Place had a population of 22,224 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Chester, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 22,224
Daytime Population: Workers 7,196
Daytime Population: Residents 11,590
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 18,786
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.85
Population in Households 22,220
Population in Familes 18,809
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density2 1,689
Diversity Index3 59


Median Household Income $57,566
Average Household Income $72,258
Per Capita Income $27,295


Total Housing Units 8,813 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,821 (66.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,590 (29.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 402 ( 4.6%)
Median Home Value $219,097
Average Home Value $228,617


Total Households 8,411
Average Household Size 2.64
Family Households 6,044
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.79% 1.06%
Households 0.72% 1.01%
Families 0.52% 0.86%
Median Household Income   1.17%
Per Capita Income   2.2%

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, 2017 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 Density # 156 74th
Diversity Index # 150 75th
Median Household Income # 222 63rd
Per Capita Income # 277 53rd

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