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Chester, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Chester Census Designated Place had a population of 669 as of July 1, 2016. Chester ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chester is located at latitude 42.2807 and longitude -72.9802 in Hampden County. The formal boundaries for the Chester Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.39 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Hampden County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 591 feet.

The Chester Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2630526) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Chester Census Designated Place is located within Town of Chester, a minor civil division (MCD) of Hampden 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: Chester Station.

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


Total Population 669
Population in Households 669
Population in Familes 552
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 480
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 271
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 186
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 300 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 221 (73.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 50 (16.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 29 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $202,632
Average Home Value $261,486


Median Household Income $62,696
Average Household Income $70,149
Per Capita Income $28,384
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.04% 0.79%
Households 1.04% 0.8%
Families 1.26% 0.74%
Median Household Income   2.2%
Per Capita Income   1.15%
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, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chester to the other 246 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts 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 # 233 6th
Population Density1 # 227 8th
Diversity Index2 # 242 2nd
Median Household Income # 152 39th
Per Capita Income # 195 21st

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