Chester, VA

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2020 Population
22,098
0.3% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
37.9
0.798% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
7.41%
9.31% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$73,800
4.65% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$233,700
5.32% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
11,398
1.28% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Chester, VA had a population of 22.1k people with a median age of 37.9 and a median household income of $73,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Chester, VA grew from 22,032 to 22,098, a 0.3% increase and its median household income grew from $70,519 to $73,800, a 4.65% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Chester, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (61.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (24.9%), Other (Hispanic) (4.13%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.56%), and White (Hispanic) (2.74%).

None of the households in Chester, VA 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.

95.8% of the residents in Chester, VA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chester, VA are John Tyler Community College (1,749 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Chester, VA was $233,700, and the homeownership rate was 72.7%.

Most people in Chester, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Chester, VA was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Chester, VA is home to a population of 22.1k people, from which 95.8% are citizens. As of 2020, 6.63% of Chester, VA residents were born outside of the country (1.47k people).

In 2020, there were 2.48 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (13.6k people) in Chester, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.51k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 913 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.8%
2020 Citizenship
95.2%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 95.8% of Chester, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Chester, VA was 95.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Chester, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    13.6k ± 1.21k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.51k ± 1.17k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    913 ± 715
8.23%
Hispanic Population
1.82k people

In 2020, there were 2.48 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (13.6k people) in Chester, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.51k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 913 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

8.23% of the people in Chester, VA are hispanic (1.82k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    109,267 ± 8,063 people
  2. India
    94,596 ± 7,509 people
  3. Mexico
    56,409 ± 5,812 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 109,267 Virginia residents, followed by India with 94,596 and Mexico with 56,409.

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Foreign-Born Population

6.63%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
1.47k people
7.75%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.71k people

As of 2020, 6.63% of Chester, VA residents (1.47k 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, VA was 7.75%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    456 ± 171
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    433 ± 234
  3. Vietnam
    420 ± 123

Chester, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.05 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Chester, VA employs 11.4k people. The largest industries in Chester, VA are Retail Trade (1,575 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,467 people), and Public Administration (1,117 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($120,855), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,553), and Public Administration ($66,205).

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $60,365. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

11.4k
2020 Value
± 1,024
1.28%
1 Year growth
± 11.8%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Chester, VA grew at a rate of 1.28%, from 11.3k employees to 11.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chester, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,423 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,303 people), and Management Occupations (1,067 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chester, VA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

11.4k
2020 Value
± 1,024
1.28%
1 Year growth
± 11.8%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Chester, VA grew at a rate of 1.28%, from 11.3k employees to 11.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chester, VA, are Retail Trade (1,575 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,467 people), and Public Administration (1,117 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chester, VA, though some of these residents may live in Chester, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$48,742
Median earning men ± $3,624
$33,943
Median earning women ± $4,944

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($68,906), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($63,818), and Manufacturing ($60,238).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Wholesale Trade ($73,125), Public Administration ($61,520), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,196).

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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 Virginia. 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 Virginia.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $37.3B
  2. $28.7B
  3. $25.6B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $37.3B, followed by Electronics ($28.7B) and Machinery ($25.6B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$325B
2020 Value in Virginia
$612B
Projected 2050 Value in Virginia
88.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Virginia trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 88.1% to $612B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia 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 Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $25B
  2. $18.9B
  3. $13.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $25B, followed by Maryland with $18.9B and Pennsylvania and $13.2B.

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

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Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

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 Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 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 Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Chester, VA awarded 1,749 degrees. The student population of Chester, VA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 3,914 male students and 5,526 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chester, VA are White (1,099 and 63.1%), followed by Black or African American (343 and 19.7%), Hispanic or Latino (144 and 8.27%), and Two or More Races (69 and 3.96%).

The largest universities in Chester, VA by number of degrees awarded are John Tyler Community College (1,749 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Chester, VA are General Studies (435 and 24.9%), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (342 and 19.6%), and Registered Nursing (128 and 7.32%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 9,440 students enrolled in Chester, VA, 41.5% men and 58.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 5,415 records, of which 56.3% were women and 43.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 435 degree-majors awarded
  2. 111 degree-majors awarded
  3. 103 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Chester, VA was General Studies with 435 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,749 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was John Tyler Community College with 1,749 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 812 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chester, VA, which is 0.867 times less than the 937 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,099 degrees mean that there were 3.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 343 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($4,650) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($150) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,440) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.823% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.842% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (1.66M), Some college (1.42M), and Bachelors Degree (1.41M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Chester, VA was $233,700 in 2020, which is 1.02 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $221,900 to $233,700, a 5.32% increase. The homeownership rate in Chester, VA is 72.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Chester, VA have an average commute time of 27.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Chester, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Chester, VA is $73,800. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Chester, VA was Census Tract 1008.23 with a value of $95,550, followed by Census Tract 1004.09 and Census Tract 1005.06, with respective values of $85,230 and $78,601.

Property

$233,700
Median Property Value 2020
±$8,307
$6,034
Median Property Taxes
±$672

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chester, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $1,500 - $2k range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Chester, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

72.7%
Homeownership
2020
68.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 72.7% of the housing units in Chester, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 1008.23
  2. Census Tract 1004.09
  3. Census Tract 1005.06

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chester, VA was Census Tract 1008.23 with a value of $95,550, followed by Census Tract 1004.09 and Census Tract 1005.06, with respective values of $85,230 and $78,601.

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

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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.
$73,800
Median Household Income
± $8,506
8.3k
Number of Households
± 825

In 2020, the median household income of the 8.3k households in Chester, VA grew to $73,800 from the previous year's value of $70,519.

The following chart displays the households in Chester, VA 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chester, VA is from Virginia.
0.478
2020 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.479
2019 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2020, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.181% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (78.9%)
  2. Carpooled (10.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.61%)

In 2020, 78.9% of workers in Chester, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.8%) and those who worked at home (6.61%).

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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Commute Time

27.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chester, VA have a longer commute time (27.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.96% of the workforce in Chester, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

7.41% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chester, VA (1.64k out of 22.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males < 5 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chester, VA is White, followed by Black 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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93.6% of the population of Chester, VA has health coverage, with 56.4% on employee plans, 8.61% on Medicaid, 9.05% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 4.68% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Virginia was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Chesterfield County, VA see 1178 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.15% increase from the previous year (1142 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1316 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 568 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,178 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Chesterfield County, VA

Primary care physicians in Chesterfield County, VA see an average of 1,178 patients per year. This represents a 3.15% increase from the previous year (1,142 patients).

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

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Community Mobility

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.6% under 18 years, 20.8% between 18 and 34 years, 40.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 44.4% were men and 55.6% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

6.38%
Uninsured
56.4%
Employer Coverage
8.61%
Medicaid
9.05%
Medicare
14.9%
Non-Group
4.68%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chester, VA declined by 25.8% from 8.6% to 6.38%.

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

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