Demographics and Population

With approximately 33,000 residents, Chester County affords a population density of just 56 people per square mile. Steadily, our county has grown more racially and ethnically diverse, with a labor force that has increased over the past five years. Our population spreads evenly across various age brackets, with half of our citizens aged 20-54. The median household income is $64,000 for a 30-mile radius and $56,000 for a 60-mile radius, and we have access to nearly half a million people within a 45-minute drive of our county.

Our largest municipality and county seat Chester (population 6,955), dubbed “Pretty Little City on the Hill”, abounds with historic buildings and lore. Our Historic District covers 250 acres and boasts 475 different properties, including Chester’s downtown “Hill District”. In 1996, this downtown area received a $1.8 million streetscape renovation, updating city amenities while still retaining our Southern allure. The project garnered such success and attention that it has drawn visitors from other towns eager to gather ideas and input on downtown revitalization.

Great Falls, our second largest city with a population of 2,161, stands apart with large rock outcroppings and its Catawba River setting. Two of our county’s busy highways, SC-9 and US-21, converge in our third largest municipality, Fort Lawn, named for one of the town’s original settlers, the Forts. Richburg and Lowrys follow in size, each offering large sects of land suitable for industrial growth.

Population SummaryChester CountyLabor ShedSouth CarolinaUSA
2017 Total Population33,2572,335,5975,037,131327,514,334
2022 Total Population33,0582,540,8935,348,199341,323,594
2017-2022 Annual Rate-0.1%1.7%1.2%0.8%
IncomeChester CountyLabor ShedSouth CarolinaUSA
2017 Median Household Income$36,832$55,483$48,678$56,124
2022 Median Household Income$42,705$62,654$54,740$62,316
2017 Per Capita Income$19,632$31,037$26,262$30,820
2022 Per Capita Income$22,877$35,145$29,962$34,828
Population by AgeChester CountyLabor ShedSouth CarolinaUSA
2017 Total33,2572,335,5975,037,131327,514,334
Age less than 1518.7%19.8%18.3%18.7%
Age 15-195.7%6.7%6.2%6.4%
Age 20-245.6%7.3%6.9%7.0%
Age 25-296.4%7.3%6.8%7.1%
Age 30-345.9%7.0%6.6%6.8%
Age 35-395.7%7.0%6.3%6.4%
Age 40-446.0%6.9%6.0%6.1%
Age 45-496.7%6.8%6.3%6.3%
Age 50-547.2%6.7%6.6%6.7%
Age 55-597.4%6.3%6.8%6.8%
Age 60-647.3%5.5%6.5%6.1%
Age 65+17.5%12.7%16.6%15.6%
Age 18+77.9%76.5%78.3%77.7%
2017 Median Age41.736.339.138.2
2022 Median Age43.236.840.038.9
Educational AttainmentChester CountyLabor ShedSouth CarolinaUSA
Total Population Age 25+23,3071,546,6583,451,020222,465,994
Less than HS Graduate20.1%10.8%13.3%12.6%
High School Graduate30.8%19.5%24.7%23.4%
GED/Alternative Credential5.4%3.4%4.4%4.0%
Some College, No Degree18.5%20.8%20.6%20.6%
Associate Degree10.6%8.6%9.7%8.3%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher14.8%36.8%27.3%31.0%