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Chester, West Virginia
City of Chester
Chester teapot
Chester teapot
Location of Chester in Hancock County, West Virginia.
Location of Chester in Hancock County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Hancock
Area
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
705 ft (215 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,585
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,369
 • Density 2,371.37/sq mi (915.53/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
26034
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-15076
GNIS feature ID 1537260
Website City website

Chester is a city in Hancock County, West Virginia, United States, along the Ohio River. Chester is the northernmost incorporated city in both West Virginia and the Southern United States as defined by the Census Bureau. The population was 2,585 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Chester is home to the World's Largest Teapot.

Geography

Chester is located at 40°36′46″N 80°33′46″W / 40.61278°N 80.56278°W / 40.61278; -80.56278 (40.612792, -80.562771). At the outbreak of hostilities of the American Civil War in April 1861, this location was part of Virginia and was the northernmost point in any slave state.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 3,184
1920 3,283 3.1%
1930 3,701 12.7%
1940 3,805 2.8%
1950 3,758 −1.2%
1960 3,787 0.8%
1970 3,614 −4.6%
1980 3,297 −8.8%
1990 2,905 −11.9%
2000 2,592 −10.8%
2010 2,585 −0.3%
2019 (est.) 2,369 −8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate
East-liverpool-ohio-aerial
Aerial view of Chester (top left) and the adjacent East Liverpool, Ohio

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,585 people, 1,209 households, and 696 families living in the city. The population density was 2,585.0 inhabitants per square mile (998.1/km2). There were 1,381 housing units at an average density of 1,381.0 per square mile (533.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.0% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 1,209 households, of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.4% were non-families. 38.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the city was 43.2 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 20.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

Notable people

  • Herb Coleman - football player
  • Daniel Johnston - artist, singer and songwriter
  • Win Mercer - Major League Baseball player
  • Scott Paulsen - radio personality, former host of The DVE Morning Show and columnist
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