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Chester, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Chester had a population of 8,633 as of July 1, 2017. Chester ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Illinois. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chester is located at latitude 37.9256 and longitude -89.8277 in Randolph County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chester (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.81 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Randolph County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 669 feet.

The City of Chester (GNIS ID: 2393819) 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.

The City of Chester is located within Chester Election Precinct, a minor civil division (MCD) of Randolph 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, 2017.

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Chester, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 8,633
Daytime Population: Workers 5,867
Daytime Population: Residents 2,866
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,733
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.01
Population in Households 4,894
Population in Familes 3,887
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,739
Population Density2 1,487
Diversity Index3 54


Median Household Income $53,921
Average Household Income $63,934
Per Capita Income $19,550


Total Housing Units 2,193 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,320 (60.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 626 (28.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 247 (11.3%)
Median Home Value $90,853
Average Home Value $116,970


Total Households 1,946
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 1,210
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.08% -0.2%
Households -0.38% -0.35%
Families -0.41% -0.48%
Median Household Income   1.21%
Per Capita Income   1.75%

Chester, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chester to the other 1,368 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 247 82nd
Population Density # 477 65th
Diversity Index # 160 88th
Median Household Income # 659 52nd
Per Capita Income # 1287 6th

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