Chester, PA

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Population

34,102

0.135% growth

Median Age

30.2


Median Household Income

$29,954

10.1% growth

Poverty Rate

35.9%


Number of Employees

11,737

1.22% growth

Median Property Value

$67,300

0.749% growth

About

In 2017, Chester, PA had a population of 34.1k people with a median age of 30.2 and a median household income of $29,954. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Chester, PA grew from 34,056 to 34,102, a 0.135% increase and its median household income grew from $27,217 to $29,954, a 10.1% increase.

The population of Chester, PA is 68.7% Black or African American Alone, 16% White Alone, and 11.9% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Chester, PA speak a non-English language, and 97% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chester, PA are Widener University (1,564 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Chester, PA is $67,300, and the homeownership rate is 37.2%. Most people in Chester, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Chester, PA is 1 car per household.

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Economy

The economy of Chester, PA employs 11.7k people. The largest industries in Chester, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,030 people), Retail Trade (1,581 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,002 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($39,792), Finance & Insurance ($39,423), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($37,331).

Median household income in Chester, PA is $29,954. Males in Chester, PA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Chester, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$29,954

2017 value

± $1,951

10.1%

1 Year Growth

± 7.74%

Households in Chester, PA have a median annual income of $29,954, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $27,217 in 2016, which represents a 10.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039

Average Male Salary

± $1,040

$49,502

Average Female Salary

± $757

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $61,450 ± $4,076

  2. White

    $51,412 ± $642

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $38,644 ± $21,965

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chester, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 4046

  2. Census Tract 4044

  3. Census Tract 4048

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chester, PA was Census Tract 4046 with a value of $53,587, followed by Census Tract 4044 and Census Tract 4048, with respective values of $40,865 and $36,850.

The following map shows all of the places in Chester, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

35.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chester, PA (11.1k out of 30.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    7,691 ± 608

  2. White

    2,064 ± 361

  3. Hispanic

    1,674 ± 300

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chester, PA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

11.7k

2017 Value

± 665

1.22%

1 Year growth

± 7.73%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chester, PA grew at a rate of 1.22%, from 11.6k employees to 11.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chester, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,795 people), Healthcare Support Occupations (1,206 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,122 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chester, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Chester, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,795 people), Healthcare Support Occupations (1,206 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,122 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Chester, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (4.29 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.95 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.82 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chester, PA, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($63,438), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($62,208), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($59,861).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.7k

2017 Value

± 665

1.22%

1 Year growth

± 7.73%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chester, PA grew at a rate of 1.22%, from 11.6k employees to 11.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chester, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,030 people), Retail Trade (1,581 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,002 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chester, PA, though some of these residents may live in Chester, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Chester, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,030 people), Retail Trade (1,581 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,002 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Chester, PA has an unusually high number of Health Care & Social Assistance (1.86 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.38 times), and Retail Trade (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chester, PA, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($39,792), Finance & Insurance ($39,423), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($37,331).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $83B

  2. $50.6B

  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($50.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($49.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B

2015 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $61B

  2. $57.7B

  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

88% of the population of Chester, PA has health coverage, with 29.5% on employee plans, 33.2% on Medicaid, 9.95% on Medicare, 14.4% on non-group plans, and 1.08% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Chester, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Chester, PA see 1232 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.326% increase from the previous year (1228 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1481 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 559 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,232 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pennsylvania see an average of 1,232 patients per year. This represents a 0.326% increase from the previous year (1,228 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pennsylvania in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12%

Uninsured

29.5%

Employer Coverage

33.2%

Medicaid

9.95%

Medicare

14.4%

Non-Group

1.08%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chester, PA declined by 9.35% from 13.2% to 12%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Chester, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Chester, PA is home to a population of 34.1k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Chester, PA residents were born outside of the country (1.63k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Chester, PA is composed of 23.4k Black or African American Alone residents (68.7%), 5.46k White Alone residents (16%), 4.04k Hispanic or Latino residents (11.9%), 762 Two or More Races residents (2.23%), 283 Asian Alone residents (0.83%), 74 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.217%), 66 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.194%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Chester, PA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 1

35

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 8.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Chester, PA was 30.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Chester, PA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Chester, PA residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    1.63k people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Chester, PA residents (1.63k people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chester, PA was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    81,562 ± 6,989 people

  2. China

    63,036 ± 6,149 people

  3. Mexico

    54,918 ± 5,741 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 81,562 Pennsylvania residents, followed by China with 63,036 and Mexico with 54,918.

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Citizenship

97%

2017 Citizenship

96.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97% of Chester, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Chester, PA was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    23.4k ± 825

  2. White Alone

    5.46k ± 513

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4.04k ± 696

In 2017, there were 4.29 times more Black or African American Alone residents (23.4k people) in Chester, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.46k White Alone and 4.04k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Chester, PA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Chester, PA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Chester, PA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Chester, PA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    454 ± 122

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    219 ± 93

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    199 ± 95

Chester, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.07 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Chester, PA awarded 1,564 degrees. The student population of Chester, PA is skewed towards women, with 2,408 male students and 3,994 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chester, PA are White (1,063 and 71.4%), followed by Black or African American (222 and 14.9%), Hispanic or Latino (67 and 4.5%), and Unknown (48 and 3.22%).

The largest universities in Chester, PA by number of degrees awarded are Widener University (1,564 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Chester, PA are Law (228 and 14.6%), Registered Nursing (175 and 11.2%), and Social Work (139 and 8.89%).

The median tuition costs in Chester, PA are $42,034 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 175 degrees awarded

  2. 65 degrees awarded

  3. 47 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Chester, PA was Registered Nursing with 175 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Chester, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,564 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$42,034

Median Private

In 2016, the Chester, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Widener University with 1,564 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

571

Degrees Awarded to Men

993

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 571 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chester, PA, which is 0.575 times less than the 993 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,063 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    222 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    67 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Chester, PA were to White students. These 1,063 degrees mean that there were 4.79 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 222 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chester, PA was $67,300 in 2017, which is 0.309 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $66,800 to $67,300, a 0.749% increase. The homeownership rate in Chester, PA is 37.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Chester, PA have an average commute time of 23.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Chester, PA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$29,954

Median Household Income

± $1,951

11.5k

Number of Households

± 622

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.5k households in Chester, PA grew to $29,954 from the previous year's value of $27,217.

The following chart displays the households in Chester, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$67,300

2017 Median

± $2,609

$66,800

2016 Median

± $2,544

In 2017, the median property value in Chester, PA grew to to $67,300 from the previous year's value of $66,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Chester, PA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chester, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $60k - $70k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Chester, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chester, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

37.2%

2017 Homeownership

37.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 37.2% of the housing units in Chester, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 37.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Chester, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Chester, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Chester, PA have 1 car, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

23.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chester, PA have a shorter commute time (23.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.45% of the workforce in Chester, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    60.2%

  2. Public Transit

    16%

  3. Carpooled

    9.71%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Chester, PA was Drove Alone (60.2%), followed by those who Public Transit (16%) and those who Carpooled (9.71%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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