Chester 80 Exceptional
Chester Livability #101 ranked city in Virginia#3,350 ranked city in the USARanks better than 88% of areas
A+ Chester Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Chester Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% lower than Virginia
1022% more expensive than the US average
1077% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Chester cost of living
B- Chester Crime Total crime is 24% higher than Virginia
Total crime
2,31210% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4410% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Chester crime
C Chester Employment Household income is 1% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$65,34618% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$28,7164% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%15% lower than the US average
Chester employment
D+ Chester Housing Home value is 18% lower than Virginia
Median home value
$203,50010% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,07914% higher than the US average
Home ownership
68%7% higher than the US average
Chester real estate or Chester rentals
A+ Chester Schools HS graduation rate is 1% higher than Virginia
High school grad. rates
85%3% higher than the US average
School test scores
79%61% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Chester K-12 schools
B- Chester User Ratings There are a total of 6 ratings in Chester
Overall user rating
70% 6 total ratings
User reviews rating
50% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
79% 5 total surveys
all Chester poll results

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      Living in Chester, VA

      Located in the state of Virginia, Chester is a medium-sized city with a population of 22,564 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Chester is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Chester is known to be family friendly as more than 72% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 61% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Living in Chester can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the area. Having said that, in the state of Virginia, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! With useful information like amenities, cost of living, weather, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Chester and in the areas around Chester is a much easier task.

      Chester, VA receives 79 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #58 in Virginia and #2,471 in the USA. Clearly, Chester is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Another exciting tidbit, is that Chester ranks better than 90% of all US cities! Based on the scores for each individual category, Chester has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (B-) and education (A+).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Chester on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

      The average school test scores in Chester are 79%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

      Chester real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Chester. The median home price for Chester homes is $203,500, which is 18.1% lower than the Virginia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Chester, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 18.4% lower than the Virginia average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Chester area were 0.7% and 5 year appreciation rates were 5.1%.

      Chester transportation information

      Average one way commute24min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work84.9%77.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.0%9.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.1%4.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%0.4%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.5%2.4%2.8%
      Working from home4.0%4.7%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0 (1)6354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0 (4)19711

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      Source: The Chester, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).