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Overview

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. 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population34,056
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens11.7%
Employed Population 16+11,108
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married17.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.3%
Median Earnings25+$25,374
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,465
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,013

Wealth

Median Family Income$32,971
% Above Poverty Level63.1%
% Below Poverty Level36.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.7%
% Using Public Transportation18.2%

Housing

People Living Alone36%
Median Gross Rent$810
Median House Value$66,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)72.6%
Irish4.5%
Italian3.3%
English1.9%
West Indian1.9%
African1.7%
Polish1.7%
Jamaican1.4%
Liberian0.5%
Arab0.5%
French Except Basque0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Scottish0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Greek0.1%
German0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Chester Almanac

CategoryValue
County Delaware County
Standard Zip Codes19013, 19015, 19022, 19014
P.O. Box Zip Codes19016
Phone Area Codes484, 610
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.84
Approximate Longitude-75.37

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)

StationMARCUS HOOK
Distance3.9 miles
Jan Temp28 to 40 F
Apr Temp46 to 63 F
Jul Temp70 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 65 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches
StationAUDUBON
Distance14.7 miles
Jan Temp25 to 41 F
Apr Temp42 to 65 F
Jul Temp67 to 87 F
Oct Temp46 to 67 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches
StationGLASSBORO 2 NE
Distance15.8 miles
Jan Temp24 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 62 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp45 to 66 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brookhaven8,056$96,585
Eddystone2,596$49,938
Parkside2,281$65,509
Ridley Park7,032$88,657
Trainer1,671$47,000
Upland3,248$42,727

Chester Public Libraries

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

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Chester Public Schools

Chester Community Cs
302 East 5th Street
ZIP: 19013
(610) 447-0400
Primary
Total Enrollment 2911
Chester Hs
232 West 9th St
ZIP: 19013
(610) 447-3700
High
Total Enrollment 937
Chester Upland Sch Of Arts
501 West 9th St
ZIP: 19013
(610) 447-3777
Primary
Total Enrollment 468
Stem At Showalter
1100 West 10th Street
ZIP: 19013
(610) 447-3401
High
Total Enrollment 732
Stetser El Sch
808 E 17th St
ZIP: 19013
(610) 447-3795
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
Widener Partnership Cs
1450 Edgemont Ave
ZIP: 19013
(610) 872-1358
Primary
Total Enrollment 432

Chester Private Schools

Center For Self Development
1605 W 3rd St
ZIP: 19013
Elementary
Total Enrollment 52
Drexel Newman Academy
1901 Potter St
ZIP: 19013
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 170
Faith Temple Christian School
1007 W 7th St
ZIP: 19013
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
New Beginnings Academy
215 E 21st St
ZIP: 19013
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 112
Shiloh Development Academy
703 Central Ave
ZIP: 19013
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Widener University Child Development Center
1800 Walnut St
ZIP: 19013
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
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