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Overview

Introduction to Chester, Illinois

Chester, Illinois, in Randolph county, is 55 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri.

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.

People

Total Population 8,592
Male Share of the Population 65.4%
Female Share of the Population 34.6%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,179
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 32.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 7.4%
Median Earnings25+ $27,344
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,696

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,560
% Above Poverty Level 80.1%
% Below Poverty Level 19.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $615
Median House Value $86,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.9%
US/American 0%
English 4.9%
Irish 8.8%

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

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station KASKASKIA RIV NAV LOCK
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
Station FARMINGTON
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Ellis Grove 439 $61,033
Evansville 671 $50,625

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

Chester Public Libraries

Library
Chester P.l.
733 STATE STREET
Chester, Illinois
(618) 826-3711

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Chester Hospitals

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1900 STATE STREET
(618) 826-4581
Emergency Service: Yes

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Chester High Schools

CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL
1901 SWANWICK ST
618-826-2302
Serves 359 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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