Chester, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Chester, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Borough of Chester had a population of 1,652 as of July 1, 2016. Chester ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Jersey. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chester is located at latitude 40.7906 and longitude -74.6901 in Morris County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of Chester (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.59 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Morris County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 846 feet.

The Borough of Chester (GNIS ID: 885184) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chester: Black River.

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Chester, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,652
Population in Households 1,633
Population in Familes 1,391
Population in Group Qrtrs 19
Population Density1 1,037
Diversity Index2 44


Total Households 615
Average Household Size 2.66
Family Households 437
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 647 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 444 (68.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 171 (26.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 32 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $566,532
Average Home Value $559,459


Median Household Income $102,685
Average Household Income $147,920
Per Capita Income $55,498
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.03% 0.11%
Households 0.0% 0.03%
Families -0.04% 0.0%
Median Household Income   1.04%
Per Capita Income   1.74%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Chester, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chester to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 423 23rd
Population Density1 # 427 22nd
Diversity Index2 # 247 55th
Median Household Income # 127 77th
Per Capita Income # 87 84th

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