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Find more Chester relatives and grow your tree by exploring billions of historical records. Taken every decade since 1790, the U.S. Federal Census can tell you a lot about your family. For example, from 1930 to 1940 there were 759 more people named Chester in the United States — and some of them are likely related to you.

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What if you had a window into the history of your family? With historical records, you do. From home life to career, records help bring your relatives' experiences into focus. There were 7,522 people named Chester in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 10% more people named Chester in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 8,281 people named Chester were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 21% reported their race as other than white
  • 36% owned their homes, valued on average at $3,366
  • 61%, or 1,255 people, lived in homes they rented
  • The youngest was less than a year and the oldest was 97

Learn where they came from and where they went.

As Chester families continued to grow, they left more tracks on the map:

  • 1,161 were first-generation Americans
  • 7% were born in foreign countries
  • 561 were born in foreign countries
  • They most commonly lived in Pennsylvania