Chester, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Chester, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Borough of Chester had a population of 1,660 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chester: Black River.

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Chester, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,660
Daytime Population: Workers 2,245
Daytime Population: Residents 874
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,119
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.88
Population in Households 1,641
Population in Familes 1,400
Population in Group Qrtrs 19
Population Density2 1,042
Diversity Index3 45


Median Household Income $110,984
Average Household Income $153,293
Per Capita Income $57,221


Total Housing Units 647 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 442 (68.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 173 (26.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 32 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $564,815
Average Home Value $574,717


Total Households 615
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 438
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.09% 0.12%
Households 0.0% 0.03%
Families 0.0% 0.05%
Median Household Income   2.62%
Per Capita Income   2.62%

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, 2017 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 # 422 23rd
Population Density # 427 22nd
Diversity Index # 247 55th
Median Household Income # 104 81st
Per Capita Income # 88 84th

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