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.

Chester History

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.


Total Population 34,016
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 11,127
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 18.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.2%
Median Earnings25+ $24,705
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,110
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,902


Median Family Income $32,608
% Above Poverty Level 65.4%
% Below Poverty Level 34.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.1%
% Using Public Transportation 18%


People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $804
Median House Value $67,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 73.8%
US/American 0%
English 1.9%
Irish 4.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles NE of Wilmington, Delaware (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Standard Zip Codes 19013, 19014, 19015, 19022
P.O. Box Zip Codes 19016
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.849
Longitude -75.356

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 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 40 F
Apr Temp 46 to 63 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 65 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 41 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 67 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Aston (19014)

Bridgewater Farms (19014)

Chichester (19014)

Crum Lynne (19022)

Feltonville (19013)

Green Ridge (19014)

Parkside Manor (19015)

Twin Oaks (19014)

Village Green (19013)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brookhaven 8,054 $97,845
Eddystone 2,521 $49,744

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chester Public Libraries

J. Lewis Crozer Library
Chester, Pennsylvania
(610) 494-3454

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Chester High Schools

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Serves 1,526 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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