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Chester is a city in Delaware County, in the Philadelphia-Camden metro area.

The community was named by William Penn in honor of Lord Chester
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Pennsylvania named Chester. For links to other places called Chester, PA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Chester is 39.849N. The longitude is -75.356W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 13 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 37,017.


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Median household income
Local
$25,703
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Chester demographic reports
Chester is on the Delaware River
Penn landed here in 1682. Site of the first Finnish settlement in America

Grew as a munitions center during World War I

Historic sites and museums: Penn Memorial Landing Stone
Colleges and universities: Widener University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 114

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Chester demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Delaware County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Philadelphia area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 19086 ZIP code.

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3% of Chester residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Chester ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Chester was $13,052, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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9% of Chester residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Chester, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $442.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $787.


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Libraries in Chester include J Lewis Crozer Library ... View libraries

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Delaware County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Chester political report.

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The average commute time for Chester workers is 26 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 10 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Chester between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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