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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Chester is a town in Virginia with a population of 21,957. Chester is in Chesterfield County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Chester offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Chester there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Chester and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Chester are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$207,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,148
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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Chester Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Chester

Jobs
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Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$67,425
National
$55,322
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Chester Reviews

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I've lived in Chester for my entire life, and I have always loved it! It's a small, little town that I think is perfect for families, children, and really anyone that wants to be close enough to the city if they need to go, but far enough away where things are quiet and less busy! There are a lot of great schools, from elementary to community colleges and a few parks for kids to go and play. Chester has always been a safe area to live, and there are plenty of things to do! There are a lot of local restaurants, as well as a few late-night spots for drinks and food. All around, I think Chester is great!
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I like that Chester is a safe and clean place to live. This a great place to raise a family. I feel confident and at ease raising my child here. I know that she is in a secure environment, with no crime or violence in our neighborhood. The school my child attends is nurturing, diverse, and she is thriving. I would recommend Chester to anyone. The only downside for some is that we have no nightlife to speak of. Stores and restaurants close early around here. The good news is, if you want to experience nightlife, downtown Richmond is only 15 minutes away!
I have lived in the area since 2009, but it has seemed much longer than that. Chester is my home, it is where my sister and I grew up and learned so many things. We wouldn't want to be anywhere else!