Chester, Illinois

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Chester, Illinois

Introduction to Chester, Illinois

Chester, Illinois, in Randolph county, is 55 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri. The city's population is approximately 5,185.

Chester History

This area was originally called Smith's Landing in honor of Samuel Smith, the founder of the community. In 1829, he began the construction of a mill, established a ferry and erected a business building. His wife hailed from Chester, England, and renamed the town after her hometown. Chester became the county seat of Randolph County in 1844. Elzie Segar, the creator of the cartoon character Popeye, was a resident of Chester. As a result, the city is also referred to as the Home of Popeye.

Chester and nearby Attractions

  • Eugene Field House and Toy Museum
  • Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum
  • Lake Murphysboro State Park
  • International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
  • Illinois Caverns State Natural Area

Things To Do In Chester

The Turkey Bluffs State Fish and Wildlife Area, the Hawn State Park and Piney Creek Ravine State Natural Area are all accessible from Chester. Nearby historic sites include the Louis Bolduc House, Fort Kaskaskia, and Fort de Chartres. The Popeye Museum, the Heritage House Museum and the Gen. John A. Logan Museum are nearby as well.

Chester Transportation

Cape Girardeau Regional Airport is nearby.

Chester Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Southwestern Illinois College, Jefferson College and Southeast Missouri State University.

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High Points

Chester strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Chester Short Commute Times
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Chester Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Chester, Illinois

Comparing Chester to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 9 9
Age of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Racial Diversity 3 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 3
Average Household Size 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 6 6
People Above Poverty 5 4
People in Middle Class or Better 5 4
College Educated Adults 2 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Working at Home 3 3
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3
Public Transportation Use 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 8
People Living Alone 8 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Housing Recently Built 2 3

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Chester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 55 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Randolph
Standard Zip Codes 62233
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.913
Longitude -89.821

Chester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
Distance 33.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 67 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.7 inches
Station DU QUOIN 4 SE
Distance 34.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 40 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
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Chester Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,185 100%
Male 2,661 51.3%
Female 2,524 48.7%
Under 18 1,159 22.4%
18+ 4,026 77.6%
65+ 1,020 19.7%
Median Age 39.7
Average Family Size 2.92
White 4,919 94.9%
African-American 186 3.6%
Asian 11 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.2%
Other 11 0.2%
Mixed Race 48 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 39 0.8%

Estimated Chester Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,872
Growth 2,687
Growth % 51.8%

Chester Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 39.7%
US/American 12.6%
Irish 12.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.7%
English 6.5%
Scotch-Irish 3.6%
French (except Basque) 3.6%
Scottish 2.2%
Polish 2%
Russian 0.8%
Greek 0.8%
African 0.7%
Finnish 0.7%
Italian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Swiss 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Belgian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.4%
Swedish 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
British 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Chester, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bremen (62233)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Chester 5,185 $49,426
Ellis Grove 381 $42,750
Evansville 724 $41,719
Percy 942 $35,956
Prairie du Rocher 613 $44,659
Steeleville 2,077 $45,909
Willisville 694 $35,667

Chester Public Libraries

Chester P.l.
Chester, Illinois
(618) 826-3711

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Chester Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(618) 826-4581
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Chester

(As of 2006)
Hwy 150/2206 State St
(618) 826-5041
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Chester High Schools (2004)

Serves 359 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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