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Chester, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Chester Census Designated Place had a population of 677 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chester: Chester Station.

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Chester, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 677
Daytime Population: Workers 144
Daytime Population: Residents 297
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 441
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.65
Population in Households 677
Population in Familes 558
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 485
Diversity Index3 8


Median Household Income $63,254
Average Household Income $74,648
Per Capita Income $29,958


Total Housing Units 285 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 221 (77.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 51 (17.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 13 ( 4.6%)
Median Home Value $222,973
Average Home Value $283,750


Total Households 272
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 186
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.06% 0.79%
Households 0.95% 0.72%
Families 1.09% 0.74%
Median Household Income   2.39%
Per Capita Income   2.41%

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, 2017 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 # 235 5th
Population Density # 227 8th
Diversity Index # 239 3rd
Median Household Income # 156 37th
Per Capita Income # 189 24th

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