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Chester, Pennsylvania

Chester is a city located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 36,854.

Table of contents
1 History and landmarks
2 Geography
3 Demographics

History and landmarks

Chester was previously known by the name "Finlandia". Its most famous son may well be John Morton who cast the deciding vote on the Declaration of Independence.

Two ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Chester in honor of the city.


Chester is located at 39°50'50" North, 75°22'22" West (39.847112, -75.372672)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.6 km² (6.0 mi²). 12.6 km² (4.8 mi²) of it is land and 3.0 km² (1.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 19.47% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 36,854 people, 12,814 households, and 8,124 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,933.9/km² (7,605.4/mi²). There are 14,976 housing units at an average density of 1,192.2/km² (3,090.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 18.94% White, 75.70% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.03% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. 5.39% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 12,814 households out of which 32.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 24.8% are married couples living together, 32.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% are non-families. 31.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.64 and the average family size is 3.34.

In the city the population is spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 13.0% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $25,703, and the median income for a family is $30,336. Males have a median income of $29,528 versus $23,705 for females. The per capita income for the city is $13,052. 27.2% of the population and 22.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 36.9% are under the age of 18 and 21.8% are 65 or older.