Chester, Massachusetts

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Chester, Massachusetts

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

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Affordability of Property Taxes
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Top 12% Chester Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Chester, Massachusetts

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

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 2
Age of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4
Racial Diversity 3 1
Senior Citizens 3 4
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 8 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 2
People Above Poverty 8 4
People in Middle Class or Better 8 3
College Educated Adults 8 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 3
Working at Home 7 6
Walking and Biking to Work 6 4
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
People Living Alone 3 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 9
Affordability of Rents 2 6
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Chester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles NW of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 98 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hampden
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01011
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.279
Longitude -72.979

Chester Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station CHESTER 2
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 31 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 57 to 86 F
Oct Temp 34 to 64 F
Annual Precip 61.6 inches
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 52 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 37 to 57 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 56 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
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Chester Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,308 100%
Male 673 51.5%
Female 635 48.5%
Under 18 327 25%
18+ 981 75%
65+ 150 11.5%
Median Age 39.4
Average Family Size 3.06
White 1,285 98.2%
African-American 2 0.2%
Asian 1 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.5%
Other 4 0.3%
Mixed Race 10 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 17 1.3%

Estimated Chester Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,321
Growth 13
Growth % 1%

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
French (except Basque) 14.5%
English 14.1%
French Canadian 12%
Italian 11.5%
Irish 9.9%
Polish 9.6%
German 8.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.4%
US/American 2.2%
Swedish 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Scottish 1.1%
British 1%
Slovak 0.8%
European 0.8%
Russian 0.8%
Canadian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
Greek 0.4%
Lebanese 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Dutch 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Chester 1,308 $51,932
Becket 1,755 $53,417
Blandford 1,214 $59,375
Huntington 2,174 $52,308
Middlefield 542 $53,889
Otis 1,365 $55,455
Worthington 1,270 $60,132

Chester Public Libraries

Hamilton Memorial Library
195 ROUTE 20
Chester, Massachusetts
(413) 354-7808

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