Chester, Montana

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Chester is a town in and the county seat of Liberty County, Montana, United States.[1] The population was 871 at the 2000 census.



Chester is located at 48°30′40″N 110°58′2″W / 48.51111°N 110.96722°W / 48.51111; -110.96722 (48.511105, -110.967126)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 871 people, 384 households, and 228 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,868.2 people per square mile (715.5/km²). There were 471 housing units at an average density of 1,010.2/sq mi (386.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.74% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.57% Asian, and 0.46% from two or more races.

There were 384 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.6% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 20.1% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 27.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,578, and the median income for a family was $42,639. Males had a median income of $26,154 versus $17,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,077. About 14.6% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

  • Philip Aaberg, jazz keyboardist and composer, attended Chester High School.
  • Casey Fitzsimmons, Detroit Lions tight end, grew up and attended Chester High School.
  • Allen Kolstad, former Montana Lieutenant Governor, grew up and lived in the area.
  • R. Mike LaFrentz, local celebrity and diplomat.
  • Chandra Mullins. Fashionista and deerslayer.

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