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Welcome to Chester ...

Chester is located in Rockingham County<1>.


The location of Chester has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>


While we don't have a date for the founding of Chester, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1794.

When the people of Chester refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Chesterite<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Chester has a population of 5,265 people<4> (see below for details).

Chester is 450 feet [137 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Chester lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Chester lies within the (603) area code.

Websites for Chester ...

Official Website: chesternh.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Chester had an population of 5,265 people. This is an increase of 10.42% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 38.84% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Chester had a population of 4,768 people. This makes Chester the county's 21st most populous community.

The population of Chester represents 0.36% of the population of New Hampshire (which has 1,316,470 people), making it the state's 73rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,768 people, the population of Chester increased 25.74% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 3,792 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Chester.

Communities Also Named Chester ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 47 communities that are also named Chester - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky (3), Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Montana, Nebraska (2), New Brunswick (2), New Jersey, New York, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Chester.

Communities near Chester ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Chester.

  • Manchester
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
  • Nashua
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nashua
    • Nashua is located in Hillsborough County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 89,167 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nashua <6>
  • Lawrence
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lawrence
    • Lawrence is located in Essex County (MA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 80,007 people
  • Haverhill
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haverhill
    • Haverhill is located in Essex County (MA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 64,098 people
  • Methuen
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Methuen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Methuen
    • Methuen is located in Essex County (MA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 50,910 people
  • Derry
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Derry
    • Derry is located in Rockingham County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 33,442 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Derry <6>
  • North Andover
    (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Andover have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Andover
    • North Andover is located in Essex County (MA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 31,460 people
  • Salem
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salem
    • Salem is located in Rockingham County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,641 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Salem <6>
  • Merrimack
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
  • Londonderry
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Londonderry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Londonderry
    • Londonderry is located in Rockingham County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,646 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Londonderry <6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Chester. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Chester.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Chester. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Chester.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Chester. See our Newspapers Page for Chester.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Chester ...

Looking for more information about Chester? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Chester, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Chester.

Adding Chester to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Chester in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Chester was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Chester post office opened in 1794.

We also found Chester in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (1803).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Chester.

The official website for Chester: chesternh.org/

The official website for Rockingham County: www.co.rockingham.nh.us/

The official website for State of New Hampshire: https://www.nh.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Hampshire's counties, including Rockingham, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Chester refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Chester may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Chester.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Chester - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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