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Chester, Pennsylvania

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Welcome to Chester ...

The city of Chester is located in Delaware County.

The location of Chester has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

When the people of Chester refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Chesterite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Chester has a population of 34,077 people<3> (see below for details).

Chester was established in 1641.

The community of Chester is 60 feet [18 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Chester had a population of 33,972 people (which is 6.08% of the total population of Delaware County). This makes Chester the county's most populous community.

The population of Chester represents 0.27% of the total population of Pennsylvania (which has 12,702,379 people), making it the state's 15th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 33,972 people, the population of Chester decreased 7.82% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 36,854 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Chester had an population of 34,077 people. This is an increase of 0.31% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 7.54% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Chester ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you are going to drive.<5>.

Community   2017
Wilmington (DE)   [Map]   71,106   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Camden (NJ)   [Map]   74,532   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
Gloucester City (NJ)   [Map]   11,342   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
Woodbury (NJ)   [Map]   9,919   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
Darby   [Map]   10,700   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Lansdowne   [Map]   10,646   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Chester.

Communities Also Named Chester ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have 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 Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

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

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Chester. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Chester. Our list includes 24 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Chester:

Websites for Chester ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for State of Pennsylvania:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>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 city'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.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Chester.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Chester - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Chester) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Chester. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Chester

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.8496, Longitude: -75.3735     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chester have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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