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Chester Borough, New Jersey
|Borough of Chester|
Census Bureau map of Chester Borough, New Jersey
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|Incorporated||April 3, 1930|
|Named for||Chestershire, England|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Total||1.59 sq mi (4.13 km2)|
|• Land||1.59 sq mi (4.12 km2)|
|• Water||<0.01 sq mi (<0.01 km2) 0.13%|
|Area rank||441th of 565 in state
37th of 39 in county
|Elevation||866 ft (264 m)|
| • Estimate
|• 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||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885184|
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.
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. The borough's name is derived from the township, which was named for Chestershire in England.
In 2010, Forbes ranked Chester at 321st in its listing of "America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes," with a median home price of $823,691.
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.
|Population sources: 1880-1890
1940-1990 2000 2010
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,649 people, 615 households, and 438 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 none of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.
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.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], 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.
NJ Transit local bus service was provided on the MCM4 and MCM5 routes until June 2010, when NJ Transit pulled the subsidy.
Students in public school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Chester School District, together with children from Chester Township. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 1,069 students and 110.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.7:1. Schools in the district (with 2017-18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Dickerson Elementary School with 318 students in grades PreK-2, Bragg Elementary School with 363 students in grades 3-5 and Black River Middle School with 387 students in grades 6–8. Dickerson and Bragg Schools are located on County Route 510, east of Chester Borough; Black River Middle School is on County Route 513 (North Road), north of Chester Borough. As a consolidated school district, all residents in the two constituent municipalities vote for board of education members who represent the entire district, not just the municipality in which they reside.
Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades in both communities attend West Morris Mendham High School, which serves students from the surrounding Morris County school districts of Chester Borough, Chester Township, Mendham Borough and Mendham Township. The high school is part of the West Morris Regional High School District, which also serves students from Washington Township, who attend West Morris Central High School As of the 2017–18 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,241 students and 97.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8:1. The district's board of education has nine members who are elected directly by voters to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis. The nine seats on the board of education are allocated based on the populations of the constituent municipalities, with one seat assigned to Chester Borough.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Chester Borough include:
- Lois Barker (born 1923), utility player who played for the Grand Rapids Chicks of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1950 season.
- Alex Cable, optical engineer, inventor and entrepreneur who founded optical equipment manufacturer Thorlabs in his parent's basement in Chester.
- Lester H. Clee (1888-1962), clergyman and politician who served in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature and served as the Mayor of Chester.
- Matt Flanagan (born 1995), tight end for the Washington Redskins.
- Fran Hopper (1922-2017), comic book artist active during the 1930s–1940s period known as the Golden Age of Comic Books, who was one of the earliest women in the field.
- Larry W. Maysey (1946-1967), United States Air Force Pararescueman who was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, the Air Force's second-highest decoration.
- Jared Stroud (born 1996), footballer who plays as a midfielder for New York Red Bulls II in the United Soccer League.
Images for kids
Nathan Cooper Gristmill, in surrounding Chester Township
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