Chester Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township’s population was 7,838, reflecting an increase of 556 (+7.6%) from the 7,282 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,324 (+22.2%) from the 5,958 counted in the 1990 Census.Chester Township is located about 40 miles (64 km) west of New York City and has large amounts of land that is either not developed or used for farming, with many Victorian style homes and large lots. Throughout the year there are craft fairs, Victorian house tours during the holiday season, jazz concerts in downtown park, and other community events. The township’s name is derived from Chestershire in England.
The township has been one of the state’s highest-income communities. Based on data from the 2014–2018 ACS, the township residents had a median household income of $160,625, more than double the statewide median of $79,363. In 2010, Forbes ranked Chester Township at 321st in its listing of “America’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes,” with a median home price of $823,691.The earliest records of individuals settling in the area date back to deeds dated in 1713, for properties located near a point where two Lenape Native American trails crossed at an area called Black River. With the arrival of the Rogerenes in 1730, the area developed as an agricultural community, producing applejack, flax and wool, as well as raising cattle.
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