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Chester is a town in Orange County, in the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Chester. For links to other places called Chester, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Chester is 41.334N. The longitude is -74.269W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 574 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 12,140.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Chester demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Orange County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 10990 ZIP code.
13% of Chester residents report German ancestry, and 21% 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 $25,900, compared with $21,587 nationally.
26% of Chester residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Chester, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $741. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,570.
Orange County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Chester political report.
The average commute time for Chester workers is 43 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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