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Chester is a city in Randolph County.
It is the county seat. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Chester. For links to other places called Chester, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Chester is 37.913N. The longitude is -89.821W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 669 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 5,185.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Chester demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Randolph County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 62233 ZIP code.
36% of Chester residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Chester ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Chester was $22,190, compared with $21,587 nationally.
11% of Chester residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Chester, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $284. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $717.
Libraries in Chester include Chester Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Chester include Chester Sun Times
Randolph County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Chester political report.
The average commute time for Chester workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Chester include Best Western Reids Inn.
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