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Chester, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Chester had a population of 5,680 as of July 1, 2016. Chester ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chester is located at latitude 34.705 and longitude -81.2134 in Chester County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chester (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.27 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Chester County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 541 feet.

The City of Chester (GNIS ID: 2404043) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

South Carolina is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Chester is located within Chester Division of Chester County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chester population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chester: Chester Court House, Chesterville.

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Chester, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 5,680
Population in Households 5,611
Population in Familes 4,549
Population in Group Qrtrs 69
Population Density1 1,739
Diversity Index2 50


Total Households 2,212
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 1,434
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,650 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,193 (45.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,019 (38.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 438 (16.5%)
Median Home Value $69,612
Average Home Value $94,148


Median Household Income $26,699
Average Household Income $39,742
Per Capita Income $15,892
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.21% -0.02%
Households 0.29% 0.04%
Families 0.01% -0.08%
Median Household Income   -0.55%
Per Capita Income   1.06%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Chester, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chester to the other 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 88 78th
Population Density1 # 38 91st
Diversity Index2 # 208 48th
Median Household Income # 359 10th
Per Capita Income # 341 14th

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