Chester County, TN

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Population

17,097

1.49% decline

Median Age

36.2


Median Household Income

$43,740

3.22% growth

Poverty Rate

18.2%


Number of Employees

7,009

4.13% decline

Median Property Value

$113,800

6.06% growth

About

In 2017, Chester County, TN had a population of 17.1k people with a median age of 36.2 and a median household income of $43,740. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Chester County, TN declined from 17,355 to 17,097, a -1.49% decrease and its median household income grew from $42,376 to $43,740, a 3.22% increase.

The population of Chester County, TN is 86% White Alone, 9.65% Black or African American Alone, and 2.42% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Chester County, TN speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chester County, TN are Freed-Hardeman University (411 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Chester County, TN is $113,800, and the homeownership rate is 75%. Most people in Chester County, TN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Chester County, TN is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Chester County, TN employs 7.01k people. The largest industries in Chester County, TN are Manufacturing (1,073 people), Educational Services (997 people), and Retail Trade (988 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($56,250), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,867), and Transportation & Warehousing ($45,663).

Median household income in Chester County, TN is $43,740. Males in Chester County, TN have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,201. The income inequality in Chester County, TN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,740

2017 value

± $6,015

3.22%

1 Year Growth

± 17.7%

Households in Chester County, TN have a median annual income of $43,740, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $42,376 in 2016, which represents a 3.22% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$57,961

Average Male Salary

± $1,374

$42,201

Average Female Salary

± $943

In 2017, full-time male employees in Tennessee made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Tennessee by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $53,011 ± $6,619

  2. White

    $46,471 ± $904

  3. American Indian

    $40,237 ± $11,516

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Tennessee workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chester County, TN is from Tennessee.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.325% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Tennessee was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Tennessee in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Tennessee across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9703

  2. Census Tract 9701

  3. Census Tract 9702

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chester County, TN was Census Tract 9703 with a value of $51,929, followed by Census Tract 9701 and Census Tract 9702, with respective values of $42,474 and $37,433.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chester County, TN (2.9k out of 15.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    2,247 ± 394

  2. Black

    512 ± 203

  3. Hispanic

    120 ± 156

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chester County, TN is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

7.01k

2017 Value

± 612

-4.13%

1 Year decline

± 12.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chester County, TN declined at a rate of -4.13%, from 7.31k employees to 7.01k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chester County, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (889 people), Sales & Related Occupations (852 people), and Production Occupations (657 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chester County, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Chester County, TN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (889 people), Sales & Related Occupations (852 people), and Production Occupations (657 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chester County, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.62 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.59 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.39 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chester County, TN, by median earnings, are Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations ($82,589), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,875), and Management Occupations ($54,239).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.01k

2017 Value

± 612

-4.13%

1 Year decline

± 12.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chester County, TN declined at a rate of -4.13%, from 7.31k employees to 7.01k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chester County, TN, are Manufacturing (1,073 people), Educational Services (997 people), and Retail Trade (988 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chester County, TN, though some of these residents may live in Chester County, TN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Chester County, TN, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,073 people), Educational Services (997 people), and Retail Trade (988 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chester County, TN has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.57 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.53 times), and Manufacturing (1.51 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chester County, TN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($56,250), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,867), and Transportation & Warehousing ($45,663).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $38.9B

  2. $35.5B

  3. $29.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $38.9B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($35.5B) and Mixed freight ($29.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Tennessee products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$366B

2020 Value

$525B

Projected 2045 Value

43.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Tennessee trade was $366B. This is expected to increase 43.2% to $525B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Tennessee trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.6B

  2. $18.7B

  3. $18.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Kentucky with $31.6B, followed by Texas with $18.7B and Georgia and $18.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Tennessee shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87.8% of the population of Chester County, TN has health coverage, with 41.6% on employee plans, 20.7% on Medicaid, 11.2% on Medicare, 12.7% on non-group plans, and 1.61% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Chester County, TN was $7,372 in 2014. This is a 3.74% increase from the previous year ($7,106).

Primary care physicians in Chester County, TN see 4368 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.529% increase from the previous year (4345 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3491 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1343 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.5%). Additionally, Hardeman County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

4,368 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Chester County, TN see an average of 4,368 patients per year. This represents a 0.529% increase from the previous year (4,345 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Chester County, TN in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,372

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,680

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,677

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,371

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Tennessee (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.74%, from $7,106 to $7,372.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.2%

Uninsured

41.6%

Employer Coverage

20.7%

Medicaid

11.2%

Medicare

12.7%

Non-Group

1.61%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chester County, TN declined by 2.71% from 12.5% to 12.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Chester County, TN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.5% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 16.8% prevalence

Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee, at 17.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Chester County, TN is home to a population of 17.1k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.54% of Chester County, TN residents were born outside of the country (435 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Chester County, TN is composed of 14.7k White Alone residents (86%), 1.65k Black or African American Alone residents (9.65%), 413 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.42%), 240 Two or More Races residents (1.4%), 81 Asian Alone residents (0.474%), 8 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0468%), 3 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0175%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.2

29

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Chester County, TN was 36.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 29. But people in Chester County, TN are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Chester County, TN residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.54%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

435 people

3.05%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

530 people

As of 2017, 2.54% of Chester County, TN residents (435 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chester County, TN was 3.05%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    92,263 ± 7,405 people

  2. India

    21,162 ± 3,566 people

  3. Guatemala

    12,669 ± 2,761 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 92,263 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 21,162 and Guatemala with 12,669.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Chester County, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Chester County, TN was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    14.7k ± 7

  2. Black or African American Alone

    1.65k ± 137

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    413 ± 143

In 2017, there were 8.91 times more White Alone residents (14.7k people) in Chester County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.65k Black or African American Alone and 413 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Chester County, TN as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    301 ± 79

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    153 ± 85

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    150 ± 91

Chester County, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.97 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Chester County, TN awarded 411 degrees. The student population of Chester County, TN is skewed towards women, with 761 male students and 1,211 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chester County, TN are White (317 and 78.9%), followed by Black or African American (36 and 8.96%), Unknown (32 and 7.96%), and Hispanic or Latino (10 and 2.49%).

The largest universities in Chester County, TN by number of degrees awarded are Freed-Hardeman University (411 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Chester County, TN are General Business Administration & Management (40 and 9.73%), Registered Nursing (26 and 6.33%), and Counseling Psychology (25 and 6.08%).

The median tuition costs in Chester County, TN are $21,950 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 26 degrees awarded

  2. 19 degrees awarded

  3. 18 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Chester County, TN was Registered Nursing with 26 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Chester County, TN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

411 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$21,950

Median Private

In 2017, the Chester County, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Freed-Hardeman University with 411 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

178

Degrees Awarded to Men

233

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 178 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chester County, TN, which is 0.764 times less than the 233 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Chester County, TN by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    317 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    36 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    32 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Chester County, TN were to White students. These 317 degrees mean that there were 8.81 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 36 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chester County, TN was $113,800 in 2017, which is 0.495 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $107,300 to $113,800, a 6.06% increase. The homeownership rate in Chester County, TN is 75%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Chester County, TN have an average commute time of 24.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Chester County, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$113,800

2017 Median

± $6,833

$107,300

2016 Median

± $8,636

In 2017, the median property value in Chester County, TN grew to to $113,800 from the previous year's value of $107,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Chester County, TN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chester County, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$43,740

Median Household Income

± $6,015

6k

Number of Households

± 525

In 2017, the median household income of the 6k households in Chester County, TN grew to $43,740 from the previous year's value of $42,376.

The following chart displays the households in Chester County, TN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Chester County, TN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chester County, TN the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

75%

2017 Homeownership

72.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75% of the housing units in Chester County, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Chester County, TN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

24.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chester County, TN have a shorter commute time (24.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.2% of the workforce in Chester County, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.1%

  2. Carpooled

    8.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.02%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Chester County, TN was Drove Alone (84.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.3%) and those who Worked At Home (3.02%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Chester County, TN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Chester County, TN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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