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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.


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Median household income
Local
$39,079
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Chester demographic reports
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "The Fugitive"
Well-known residents have included:
· Elzie Segar, cartoonist who created "Popeye"
Nearby parks & recreation: Randolph State Fish and Wildlife Area, Turkey Bluffs State Fish and Wildlife Area
Historic sites and museums: Popeye Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Ancestry & family history

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.

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11% of Chester residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Chester, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $284.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $717.


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Libraries in Chester include Chester Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Chester include Chester Sun Times

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Randolph County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Chester political report.

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The average commute time for Chester workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Chester include Best Western Reids Inn.

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More info about Chester:

DUPLICATE NAMES
Other IL communities named Chester:
  �Logan County township

IL communities formerly known as Chester:
  �Colchester, McDonough County

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