Chester, California

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Chester is a census-designated place (CDP) in Plumas County, California, United States. The population was 2,316 at the 2000 census. The town is located along State Route 36 and on the shore of Lake Almanor. The US Postal Service ZIP code for the community is 96020.

The primary industries in Chester are lumber manufacturing and tourism. Chester serves as the retail center for the Lake Almanor region of California, and derives a significant portion of its economy from the tourist trade, and to a lesser degree from construction to service new residents and businesses.



Chester is located at 40°18′10″N 121°14′5″W / 40.30278°N 121.23472°W / 40.30278; -121.23472 (40.302395, -121.234672)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.9 km² (7.3 sq. mi). 18.7 km² (7.2 sq. mi) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 sq. mi) of it (1.23%) is water.

Chester is situated almost directly over the buried North end of The Sierra Nevada.[2]


As of the 2000 census[3], there were 2,316 people, 956 households, and 647 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 320.5 people per square mile (123.7/km²). There were 1,130 housing units at an average density of 156.4/sq mi (60.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.62% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 2.12% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.55% from other races, and 2.89% from two or more races. 6.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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