Chester, West Virginia

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Chester is a city in Hancock County, West Virginia, United States, along the Ohio River. It is part of the WeirtonSteubenville, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,592 at the 2000 census. Chester was established in 1896, but not incorporated until 1907. The city is named for J.C. McDonald, one of the city's original planners.

Chester is home to the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, a popular regional attraction, and the Chester teapot, the World's Largest Teapot.



Chester is located at 40°36′46″N 80°33′46″W / 40.61278°N 80.56278°W / 40.61278; -80.56278 (40.612792, -80.562771)[3]. At the outbreak of hostilities of the American Civil War in April, 1861, this location was the northernmost point in any slave state (at the time, Virginia).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,592 people, 1,160 households, and 725 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,705.1 people per square mile (1,042.5/km²). There were 1,289 housing units at an average density of 1,345.2/sq mi (518.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.77% White, 0.15% African American, 0.23% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

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