Chester, SD

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Chester Profile


Overview

Chester is a tiny town located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 257 people and just one neighborhood, Chester is the 130th largest community in South Dakota. Much of the housing stock in Chester was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Chester real estate is some of the most expensive in South Dakota, although Chester house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Occupations and Workforce

When you are in Chester, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 37.41% of Chester’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Chester is a town of construction workers and builders, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chester who work in office and administrative support (14.39%), maintenance occupations (10.07%), and community and social services (9.35%).

Setting & Lifestyle

Because of many things, Chester is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Chester really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Chester perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Chester is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Chester, the average commute to work is 36.70 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Being a small town, Chester does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

Chester Demographics

The citizens of Chester are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.57% of adults in Chester having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Chester in 2018 was $37,375, which is wealthy relative to South Dakota, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $149,500 for a family of four.

The people who call Chester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chester residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Chester include German, Norwegian, Dutch, Irish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Chester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and German/Yiddish.


Neighborhood Real Estate Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   National Agriculture Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Geological Service, American Community Survey.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q4 2021. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2020 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

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Housing Market Details

 

AGE OF Chester, SD HOMES

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TYPE OF Chester, SD HOMES

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SIZE OF Chester, SD HOMES

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Neighborhood Demographics Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey, U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Education, 50 state departments of education, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 18,000+ local law enforcement agencies, Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Geological Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Please note: Unemployment data updated February 2022.

Methodology:   Unlike standardly available Census demographics, NeighborhoodScout uses dozens of custom models to transform 8.5 million raw demographic data elements from government sources into proprietary indices and insights…. Read more about Scout's Demographic Data

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Migration & Mobility

 

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More diverse than of U.S. neighborhoods.

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Neighborhood Crime Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

Neighborhood Crime Data

 

total Crime Index

(100 is safest)


Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

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Neighborhood Violent Crime

violent Crime Index

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Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

Violent Crime Index By Type

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Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

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National Median: 4
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    South Dakota

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

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1 in 198

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Chester VIOLENT CRIMES

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Neighborhood Property Crime

property Crime Index

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Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

Property Crime Index By Type
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Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

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National Median: 19
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My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

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Chester Property CRIMES

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National Median: 26.9
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Neighborhood Public School Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:
  • Test Scores: Edfacts (U.S. Department of Education), State departments of education.
  • Expenditures: National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Educational Environment: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau).
Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Due to Covid-19, complete standardized testing did not take place during the 2020-2021 academic school year. Test data: Reflects 2018 – 2019 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2019
  • Educational Environment: 2020 (latest available). Updated annually.
  • All data updated June 2022

Methodology:   Only NeighborhoodScout gives you nationally comparable school ranks based on test scores, so you can directly compare the quality of schools in any location. Read more about Scout's School Data

School Rating Information

 

School Quality

(100 is best)

Better than of U.S. schools.

Neighborhood School Quality Rating

Rates the quality of all K-12 public schools that your children would be exposed to if you lived in this neighborhood. Info

Schools In This Neighborhood

 
School Details Grades Quality Rating Compared to SD* Quality Rating Compared to Nation*
Chester Area Cyber School 92
500 5th St
Chester, SD 57016
09-12
Chester Elementary -02 School
102 2nd Ave
Chester, SD 57016
PK-05
Chester High School 01
102 2nd Ave
Chester, SD 57016
09-12
Chester Middle School 03
102 2nd Ave
Chester, SD 57016
06-08
High Plains 06 School
500 5th St
Chester, SD 57016
09-12
Rustic Acres Elementary 04 School
24243 456th Ave
Madison, SD 57042
KG-08
* 10 is highest

Neighborhood Educational Environment

Adults In Neighborhood With College Degree Or Higher
Children In The Neighborhood Living In Poverty

This neighborhood is served by 2 districts:

MADISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 39-2


Students Enrolled in This District


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Students Per Classroom

District Quality Compared to South Dakota

(10 is best)

Better than of SD school districts.

District Quality Compared to U.S. info

(10 is best)

Better than of US school districts.

Schools In This District

School District Enrollment By Group

Ethnic/racial Groups This District This State
White (non-hispanic)
Black
Hispanic
Asian Or Pacific Islander
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska
Economic Groups This District This State
ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED 25.7% 38.8%
FREE LUNCH ELIGIBLE 20.6% 32.4%
REDUCED LUNCH ELIGIBLE 5.1% 6.4%

Educational Expenditures

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CHESTER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT 39-1


Students Enrolled in This District


Schools in District


Students Per Classroom

District Quality Compared to South Dakota

(10 is best)

Better than of SD school districts.

District Quality Compared to U.S. info

(10 is best)

Better than of US school districts.

Schools In This District

School District Enrollment By Group

Ethnic/racial Groups This District This State
White (non-hispanic)
Black
Hispanic
Asian Or Pacific Islander
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska
Economic Groups This District This State
ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED 13.3% 38.8%
FREE LUNCH ELIGIBLE 9.9% 32.4%
REDUCED LUNCH ELIGIBLE 3.4% 6.4%

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