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Chester, West Virginia

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The location of Chester

Welcome to Chester ...

The city of Chester is located in Hancock 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 2,448 people<3> (see below for details).

Chester is 700 feet [213 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Telephone area codes for Chester: (304) and (681)<5>

The ZIP code for Chester: 26034<6>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Chester had a population of 2,585 people (or 8.43% of the total population of Hancock County). This makes Chester the county's most populous community.

The population of Chester represents 0.14% of the total population of West Virginia (which has 1,852,994 people), making it the state's 49th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,585 people, the population of Chester has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 2,592 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Chester had an population of 2,448 people. This is a decrease of 5.3% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 5.56% 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.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Chester and not the distance if driven.<7>.

Community   2017
Columbiana (OH)   [Map]   6,241   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Steubenville (OH)   [Map]   18,003   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
Toronto (OH)   [Map]   4,814   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
Aliquippa (PA)   [Map]   9,006   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
Ambridge (PA)   [Map]   6,724   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
Beaver Falls (PA)   [Map]   8,483   NE   16 miles [25.7 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, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

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.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper 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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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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>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).

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<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Chester). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Chester or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) 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 (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Chester. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: 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: 40.6129, Longitude: -80.5627     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chester have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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