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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B-
Chester is a town in Illinois with a population of 8,597. Chester is in Randolph County. Living in Chester offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Chester and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Chester are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$84,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$576
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Chester Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    116.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    35.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    93.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    151.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    35.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    18%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    2%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    5%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    33%
    13%

Working in Chester

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$35,000
National
$55,322

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Chester Reviews

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The walmart is very small and undermanaged, the business have crap food, and the school is falling apart. The only thing I like about this town is the people and the houses. Most of the houses are very nice here and I love the fact that we are by the river.
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We have the Randolph County Lake where you can fish, hike, camp, etc. and it's pretty nice. No complaints!
Overall, I believe the housing in this area is good. Some neighborhoods have more moving out/moving in than others, but overall, most are kept nice. A lot of houses don't have driveways or garages though, so parking on the side of the street is common.