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See also: Chester Township, New Jersey
Chester Borough, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Chester
Downtown Chester
Downtown Chester
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Chester Borough, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Chester Borough, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Morris
Incorporated April 3, 1930
Named for Chestershire, England
Area
 • Total 1.596 sq mi (4.131 km2)
 • Land 1.594 sq mi (4.127 km2)
 • Water 0.002 sq mi (0.004 km2)  0.10%
Area rank 442nd of 566 in state
37th of 39 in county
Elevation 866 ft (264 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 1,649
 • Estimate (2015) 1,675
 • Rank 507th of 566 in state
38th of 39 in county
 • Density 1,034.8/sq mi (399.5/km2)
 • Density rank 378th of 566 in state
28th of 39 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07930
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3402712580
GNIS feature ID 0885184
Website www.chesterborough.org

Chester is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,649, reflecting an increase of 14 (+0.9%) from the 1,635 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 421 (+34.7%) from the 1,214 counted in the 1990 Census.

Chester Township was established as a separate political entity on April 1, 1799, including the area of both the Township and the downtown settlement which came to be the Borough. The Borough of Chester was incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 3, 1930, based on the results of a referendum held on April 25, 1930, and is today a separate municipality surrounded entirely by Chester Township. The borough's name is derived from the township, which was named for Chestershire in England.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.596 square miles (4.131 km2), including 1.594 square miles (4.127 km2) of land and 0.002 square miles (0.004 km2) of water (0.10%).

The borough is completely surrounded by Chester Township, making it part of 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" in the state, where one municipality entirely surrounds another.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 705
1890 683 −3.1%
1940 650
1950 754 16.0%
1960 1,074 42.4%
1970 1,299 20.9%
1980 1,433 10.3%
1990 1,214 −15.3%
2000 1,635 34.7%
2010 1,649 0.9%
Est. 2015 1,675 1.6%
Population sources: 1880-1890
1940-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,649 people, 615 households, and 437.9 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,034.8 per square mile (399.5/km2). There were 647 housing units at an average density of 406.0 per square mile (156.8/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 90.78% (1,497) White, 1.03% (17) Black or African American, 0.49% (8) Native American, 2.30% (38) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.21% (53) from other races, and 2.18% (36) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.46% (222) of the population.

There were 615 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.1 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 96.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $86,705 (with a margin of error of +/- $12,175) and the median family income was $133,250 (+/- $8,752). Males had a median income of $84,167 (+/- $38,424) versus $50,341 (+/- $9,122) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $48,565 (+/- $4,792). About 0.0% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 1,635 people, 609 households, and 426 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,063.0 people per square mile (409.9/km2). There were 627 housing units at an average density of 407.6 per square mile (157.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.68% White, 0.80% African American, 1.71% Asian, 2.02% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.85% of the population.

There were 609 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $80,398, and the median income for a family was $106,260. Males had a median income of $76,772 versus $45,833 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $42,564. About 2.1% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.5% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Dense forests and hiking trails surround the town of Chester. It was named one of the top ten most beautiful towns in New Jersey in 2016. There are various recreational state parks, such as Hacklebarney State Park and Black River Country Park, which contains a popular tourist site called the Cooper Mill. These parks serve as quintessential family activities, especially going on hikes and observing the foliage during the fall .On the outskirts of Chester, Willowwood Arboretum, operated by the Morris County Park Commission, covers 130 acres (53 ha) of gardens, meadows and walking / hiking trails.

Houses of worship

Grace Bible Chapel, located at 100 Oakdale Road in Chester, is a non-denominational fellowship of evangelical Christians.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 12.06 miles (19.41 km) of roadways, of which 8.37 miles (13.47 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.58 miles (4.15 km) by Morris County and 1.11 miles (1.79 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Chester is located at the point where County Route 513 (also known as old Route 24) and U.S. Route 206 intersect.

Public transportation

NJ Transit local bus service was provided on the MCM4 and MCM5 routes until June 2010, when NJ Transit pulled the subsidy.


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