Introduction to Chester, Pennsylvania
Chester, Pennsylvania, in Delaware county, is 12 miles NE of Wilmington, Delaware (center to center) and 12 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It's located along the Delaware River in the southeastern region of the state and is part of the Greater Philadelphia Area. The majority of the population is African American. After loosing shipyard and automobile manufacturing jobs, poverty and crime significantly increased.
The waterfront area was revitalized and offers recreation. Kimberly-Clark, Synygy, PQ Corporation, Admin-Server, NAVMAR Applied Sciences, OLCR, Educational Directories Unlimited, MYI Consulting and RL Associates have facilities in Chester. The city is home to Harrah's Casino and Racetrack.
The area was originally known as Finlandia, then later Upland. The Swedes were the initial settlers. William Penn arrived on the Province of Pennsylvania. He renamed the town Chester in tribute to Chester, England. During the Civil War, the shipyard was a prominent supplier for the Union. The Pennsylvania Shipyard & Drydock Company closed in 1990.
Nearby Attractions and Activities
The county's Ridley Creek State Park is a vast acreage and is used for hiking, paddling, picnicking, bicycle riding and fishing. The park's hiking trails traverse through an assortment of habitats. It includes the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, which offers visitors a look at life on a pre-Revolutionary farm. The John J. Tyler Arboretum is a notable location. Nearby Philadelphia, has professional sports teams and an assortment of activities and entertainment. Benjamin Rush, Marsh Creek Evansburg, Fort Washington and French Creek state parks are situated in the region.
The Philadelphia International Airport provides air travel. SEPTA offers bus service.
Chester Higher Education
The city is home to Widener University. Eastern University, Villanova University, Neumann College and Delaware County Community College are some of the colleges located in the region.