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Chester, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Chester had a population of 2,634 as of July 1, 2016. Chester ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chester is located at latitude 40.6129 and longitude -80.5627 in Hancock County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chester (see map below) encompass a land area of 1 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Hancock County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 702 feet.

The City of Chester (GNIS ID: 2390576) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Chester is located within Grant District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Hancock County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chester population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chester: Mercer.

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Chester, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,634
Population in Households 2,595
Population in Familes 1,971
Population in Group Qrtrs 39
Population Density1 2,636
Diversity Index2 9


Total Households 1,224
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 715
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,358 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 718 (52.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 505 (37.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 134 ( 9.9%)
Median Home Value $78,548
Average Home Value $113,858


Median Household Income $35,827
Average Household Income $46,397
Per Capita Income $21,006
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.3% 0.08%
Households 0.2% 0.05%
Families 0.43% -0.08%
Median Household Income   0.01%
Per Capita Income   0.45%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Chester, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chester to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 63 85th
Population Density1 # 26 94th
Diversity Index2 # 174 57th
Median Household Income # 242 40th
Per Capita Income # 196 52nd

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