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Chester, South Carolina

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Country  United States
County  Chester
Area code(s)  803
Elevation  163 m
Population  5,544 (2013)
State  South Carolina
Time zone  Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
FIPS code  45-14095
Zip code  29706
Local time  Saturday 7:12 AM
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Weather  -2°C, Wind SW at 2 km/h, 65% Humidity

Chester is a small rural city in Chester County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 5,607 at the 2010 census, down from 6,476 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Chester County.


Map of Chester, SC 29706, USA


The Catholic Presbyterian Church, Chester City Hall and Opera House, Chester Historic District, Colvin-Fant-Durham Farm Complex, Fishdam Ford, Kumler Hall, Lewis Inn, and McCollum Mound are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography and climate

Chester is located just west of the center of Chester County at 34°42′20″N 81°12′42″W (34.705553, -81.211638). U.S. Route 321 bypasses the city to the west and the south, leading north 22 miles (35 km) to York and south 25 miles (40 km) to Winnsboro. South Carolina Highway 9 passes through the city center and leads east 11 miles (18 km) to Interstate 77 near Richburg and west 49 miles (79 km) to Spartanburg. Highways 72 and 121 lead northeast 19 miles (31 km) to Rock Hill and southwest 28 miles (45 km) to Whitmire.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 6,476 people, 2,465 households, and 1,639 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,042.8 people per square mile (788.8/km²). There were 2,774 housing units at an average density of 875.0 per square mile (337.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 62.26% African American, 36.37% White, 0.15% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

There were 2,465 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.4% were married couples living together, 26.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,518, and the median income for a family was $32,973. Males had a median income of $27,321 versus $20,802 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,386. About 16.4% of families and 19.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.

Chester is the center of an urban cluster with a total population of 11,140 (2000 census).


While being transported to Richmond, Virginia, for his trial for treason, former Vice-President Aaron Burr passed through Chester. Burr "flung himself from his horse and cried for a rescue, but the officer commanding the escort seized him, threw him back like a child into the saddle, and marched on." The large stone he stood on has been inscribed and is preserved in the town center, and is known locally as the Aaron Burr Rock.

Chiefs, a miniseries based on the novel by Stuart Woods, was filmed in Chester over the course of three months in 1983. It was nominated for three prime-time Emmy awards, and featured a star-studded cast including Charlton Heston, Keith Carradine, Paul Sorvino, Billy Dee Williams and Danny Glover.

Local news media

  • Chester Vision or CSN (Chester Sports Network)
  • Chester News & Reporter
  • WRBK, 90.3 FM, a noncommercial station that primarily features classic oldies
  • Notable natives

  • Debbie Allen, actress, dancer, choreographer, television director and producer
  • Sheldon Brown, National Football League cornerback
  • Marion Campbell, football player: University of Georgia, National Football League, Coach, Atlanta Falcons
  • Allison Feaster, basketball player in the WNBA, French citizen since 2004
  • Andre Powell, NCAA, Coach, University of Pittsburgh,player:Indiana University
  • Carroll Glenn, concert violinist
  • Donnie McClurkin, pastor and gospel singer
  • Maurice Morris, National Football League running back
  • Ron Rash, author of short stories, Western Carolina University
  • Phylicia Rashad, actress (The Cosby Show)
  • Britt Robertson, film actress (Tomorrowland)
  • Elizabeth Talford Scott (1916-2011), artist
  • Les Devatt (1987-present), Current Fantasy Football Season Long Champion, Also Fandule/Draftkings guru
  • References

    Chester, South Carolina Wikipedia