Chester, PA

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2020 Population
33,855
0.374% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
Pat Toomey
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
31.6
0.958% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
30.4%
3.12% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$32,867
1.43% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$70,300
2.9% 1-year decline
2020 Employed Population
12,732
1.49% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Chester, PA had a population of 33.9k people with a median age of 31.6 and a median household income of $32,867. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Chester, PA declined from 33,982 to 33,855, a −0.374% decrease and its median household income grew from $32,403 to $32,867, a 1.43% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Chester, PA are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (69.8%), White (Non-Hispanic) (16.3%), Other (Hispanic) (4.99%), White (Hispanic) (2.91%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.71%).

None of the households in Chester, PA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.9% of the residents in Chester, PA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chester, PA are Widener University (1,740 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Chester, PA was $70,300, and the homeownership rate was 37.1%. Most people in Chester, PA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Chester, PA was 1 car per household.

Diversity

Chester, PA is home to a population of 33.9k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2020, 3.79% of Chester, PA residents were born outside of the country (1.28k people).

In 2020, there were 4.29 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.6k people) in Chester, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.52k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.69k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Chester, PA
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    23.6k ± 715
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    5.52k ± 584
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    1.69k ± 425
9.96%
Hispanic Population
3.37k people

In 2020, there were 4.29 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.6k people) in Chester, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.52k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.69k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.96% of the people in Chester, PA are hispanic (3.37k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Chester, PA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.79%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
1.28k people
4.48%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.52k people

As of 2020, 3.79% of Chester, PA residents (1.28k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chester, PA was 4.48%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

31
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.4
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 7.4

In 2020, the median age of all people in Chester, PA was 31.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Chester, PA are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Chester, PA residents was 31.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    92,750 ± 7,450 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    72,397 ± 6,587 people
  3. China
    65,642 ± 6,274 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 92,750 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 72,397 and China with 65,642.

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Citizenship

97.9%
2020 Citizenship
97.4%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.9% of Chester, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Chester, PA was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    376 ± 99
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    257 ± 108
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    176 ± 74

Chester, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.46 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Pennsylvania, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Pennsylvania (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Pennsylvania. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Pennsylvania.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Pennsylvania across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Chester, PA is $32,867. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Chester, PA was Census Tract 4046 with a value of $65,583, followed by Census Tract 4044 and Census Tract 4053, with respective values of $48,550 and $40,849.

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,196. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Chester, PA employs 12.7k people. The largest industries in Chester, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,551 people), Retail Trade (1,420 people), and Educational Services (1,121 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($48,214), Information ($43,800), and Public Administration ($43,144).

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,867
2020 value
± $4,083
1.43%
1 Year Growth
± 15.3%

Households in Chester, PA have a median annual income of $32,867, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $32,403 in 2019, which represents a 1.43% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$72,428
Average Male Salary in Pennsylvania
± $1,115
$54,196
Average Female Salary in Pennsylvania
± $827

In 2020, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Pennsylvania
  1. Asian
    $66,664 ± $4,080
  2. Alaska Native
    $58,659 ± $80,539
  3. White
    $56,784 ± $709

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than Alaska Native workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Pennsylvania.

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.
0.466
2020 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.469
2019 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2020, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.614% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 4053

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chester, PA was Census Tract 4046 with a value of $65,583, followed by Census Tract 4044 and Census Tract 4053, with respective values of $48,550 and $40,849.

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 Sex

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

30.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chester, PA (9.35k out of 30.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males < 5.

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
    6,418 ± 652
  2. White
    1,743 ± 376
  3. Hispanic
    1,491 ± 325

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

12.7k
2020 Value
± 892
1.49%
1 Year growth
± 9.04%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Chester, PA grew at a rate of 1.49%, from 12.5k employees to 12.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chester, PA, are Healthcare Support Occupations (1,764 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,232 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,101 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 Healthcare Support Occupations (1,764 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,232 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,101 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 (4.23 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.85 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.83 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chester, PA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($103,250), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($76,250), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,906).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

12.7k
2020 Value
± 892
1.49%
1 Year growth
± 9.04%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Chester, PA grew at a rate of 1.49%, from 12.5k employees to 12.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chester, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,551 people), Retail Trade (1,420 people), and Educational Services (1,121 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 (3,551 people), Retail Trade (1,420 people), and Educational Services (1,121 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Chester, PA has an unusually high number of Health Care & Social Assistance (1.99 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.39 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chester, PA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($48,214), Information ($43,800), and Public Administration ($43,144).

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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. $110B
  2. $74.2B
  3. $44.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $110B, followed by Mixed freight ($74.2B) and Electronics ($44.2B).

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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$734B
2020 Value in Pennsylvania
$1.46T
Projected 2050 Value in Pennsylvania
99.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $734B. This is expected to increase 99.3% to $1.46T by 2050.

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. $73.5B
  2. $71.1B
  3. $36.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $73.5B, followed by New York with $71.1B and Ohio and $36.8B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Pennsylvania went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (48.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.15%). The most partisan county was Fulton County, PA with 85.5% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Pennsylvania
50% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Pennsylvania
  1. 85.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 83.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 81.4% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Pennsylvania was Fulton County, PA with 85.5% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Pennsylvania colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Pat Toomey
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Pennsylvania over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Pennsylvania have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Chester, PA awarded 1,740 degrees. The student population of Chester, PA is skewed towards women, with 2,153 male students and 3,997 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chester, PA are White (1,169 and 68.8%), followed by Black or African American (280 and 16.5%), Hispanic or Latino (90 and 5.3%), and Asian (57 and 3.35%).

The largest universities in Chester, PA by number of degrees awarded are Widener University (1,740 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Chester, PA are Social Work (314 and 18%), Law (251 and 14.4%), and Registered Nursing (204 and 11.7%).

The median tuition cost in Chester, PA for private four year colleges is $47,770.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 39 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 204 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 45 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Chester, PA was Accounting with 39 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
1,740 degrees awarded
$47,770
Median Private

In 2020, the Chester, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Widener University with 1,740 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

583
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,157
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 583 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chester, PA, which is 0.504 times less than the 1,157 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Chester, PA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,169 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    280 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    90 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Chester, PA was White students. These 1,169 degrees mean that there were 4.17 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 280 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chester, PA was $70,300 in 2020, which is 0.306 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $72,400 to $70,300, a 2.9% decrease. The homeownership rate in Chester, PA is 37.1%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Chester, PA have an average commute time of 22.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Chester, PA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Housing

Property Value

$70,300
2020 Median
± $5,097
$72,400
2019 Median
± $5,277

In 2020, the median property value in Chester, PA declined from to $70,300 from the previous year's value of $72,400.

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 $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$32,867
Median Household Income
± $4,083
12k
Number of Households
± 873

In 2020, the median household income of the 12k households in Chester, PA grew to $32,867 from the previous year's value of $32,403.

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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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

37.1%
2020 Homeownership
36.1%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 37.1% of the housing units in Chester, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 36.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Chester, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chester, PA have a shorter commute time (22.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 0.883% of the workforce in Chester, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (60.5%)
  2. Carpooled (12.6%)
  3. Public Transit (11%)

In 2020, 60.5% of workers in Chester, PA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.6%) and those who used public transit to get to work (11%).

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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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 false.

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Health

92.1% of the population of Chester, PA has health coverage, with 32.1% on employee plans, 37% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 10.5% on non-group plans, and 0.943% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Delaware County, PA see 956 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.25% increase from the previous year (935 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1203 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 339 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Huntingdon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.6%). Additionally, Armstrong County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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956 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Delaware County, PA

Primary care physicians in Delaware County, PA see an average of 956 patients per year. This represents a 2.25% increase from the previous year (935 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Delaware County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Pennsylvania
$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

7.91%
Uninsured
32.1%
Employer Coverage
37%
Medicaid
11.6%
Medicare
10.5%
Non-Group
0.943%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chester, PA grew by 4.16% from 7.59% to 7.91%.

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. 20.6% prevalence
  2. 19.3% prevalence
  3. 19.3% prevalence

Huntingdon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 20.6%.

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

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