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Chester, VA

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About Chester, VA

Chester, VA is located in Chesterfield County in the state of Virginia.

The total City Population for Chester is about 22,512 with about 648 people per square mile.

The Average Home Value is $249,608, which is roughly 10% higher than the Average Home Value of $223,696 for the state of Virginia, and roughly 24% higher than the National Average of $188,692.

The Median Income Per Household is about $78,673, which is roughly 21% higher than the Average Median Income Per Household of $61,928 for the state of Virginia, and roughly 27% higher higher than the National Average of $57,518.

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Quick Stats

Chester Population 22,512
Average Home Value $249,608
Median Household Income $78,673
Median Age 38.4
Unemployment Rate 4.6%
Politics 52.43% Democratic

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 2.69
Male Population Estimate: 48.3%
Female Population Estimate: 51.7%
Median Age: 38.4
Male Median Age: 37.6
Female Median Age: 39.3

Racial Demographic Estimates



Chesterfield County voted Democratic in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Mark Warner
U.S. Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
Tim Kaine
U.S. Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
Glenn Youngkin
State governor
Glenn Youngkin
Republican Party

Voting Results by Party

Democratic: 52.43%
Republican: 45.76%
Libertarian: 1.44%
Other: 0.38%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Chester specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Chesterfield County: About 5.46242 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Chesterfield County: About 136.027 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Chesterfield County is about 28% higher than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 53% lower than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Chester is about 4.6%.

Virginia is ranked #23 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 49.97 out of 100.

23rd out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 32.22

The average living wage for the state of Virginia is $33.68/hr, while the states minimum wage is $9.50/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives Virginia a minimum wage score of 33.02 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13/hr, which gives Virginia a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 0 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for Virginia is $197.60, resulting in a UI benefit score of 29.33 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
Virginia does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
Virginia does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
Virginia does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
Virginia does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
X Virginia does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
X Virginia does provide some form of paid family leave.
X Virginia does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X Virginia does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
X Virginia does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
X Virginia does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X Virginia does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
Virginia does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
Virginia does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
Virginia does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
X Virginia does not have a "right-to-work" law.
Virginia does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
Virginia does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
Virginia does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
Virginia does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
Virginia does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

Nearby Location

Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 23831
Latitude: 37.353100
Longitude: -77.434200
TimeZone: Eastern (GMT -05:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Region: South
Average Elevation: 116.0 ft.
Area Code(s): 804