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Chester is a city in Hancock Countymarker, West Virginiamarker, United Statesmarker, along the Ohio River. It is part of the Weirtonmarker‚ÄďSteubenvillemarker, WV-OHmarker Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,592 at the 2000 census. Chester was established in 1896, but not incorporated until 1907. The city is named for J.C. McDonald, one of the city's original planners.

Chester is home to the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resortmarker, a popular regional attraction, and the Chester teapot, the World's Largest Teapot.


Chester is located at (40.612792, -80.562771) . At the outbreak of hostilities of the American Civil War in April, 1861, this location was the northernmost point in any slave state (at the time, Virginiamarker).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km¬≤), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,592 people, 1,160 households, and 725 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,705.1 people per square mile (1,042.5/km¬≤). There were 1,289 housing units at an average density of 1,345.2/sq mi (518.4/km¬≤). The racial makeup of the city was 98.77% White, 0.15% African American, 0.23% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

There were 1,160 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.85.

The age distribution is 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,550, and the median income for a family was $37,672. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $18,724 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,137. About 8.1% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

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