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Chester, PA

Chester, PA

Are you thinking about moving to Chester, PA?

Right outside the booming city of Philadelphia is Chester, a great place to live and raise a family. With just over 34,000 residents, you’ll find Chester to be everything you want in a cozy, tight-knit community, but with the benefits of being close to some major cities along the East coast. Keep reading to learn more about your new hometown and why moving there is a great idea for you and your family.

Things to know when moving to Chester

Location. Chester is conveniently located near some major U.S. cities. The heart of Philadelphia is just 25 minutes away, while Baltimore is just shy of 2 hours away. Both Washington D.C. and New York City are around 2 hours away from Chester, giving you plenty of options for weekend fun or a quick vacation.

Chester’s history. The first to settle Chester were Swedes (people from Sweden). They first named Chester Finlandia, then Upland. When William Penn, an English real estate settler and founder of the province of Pennsylvania, arrived by ship to the town of Upland, he renamed the settlement for the English city of Chester. There are six places in Chester listed on the National Register of Historic Places: 1724 Chester Courthouse, Chester Waterside Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company, Delaware County National Bank, Old Main and Chemistry Building, Second Street Bridge, and William Penn Landing Site.

Economy. Until 1940, Chester had a very successful economy. It had an oil refinery, manufacturing plant, and a strong ship building industry. But like many cities in the area, Chester was hit hard by the postwar era and its economy withered away. From 1950 to 1980, 32% of jobs in the area vanished, and the population declined drastically. Today, the city is growing, thanks to a $1.36 billion dollar investment. The city’s parks system has improved, there is more housing, businesses are seeing Chester as an attractive area, and job opportunities are flourishing. It’s a good time to move to Chester.

Claim to fame. The city is known as the “Cradle of Rock ‘n Roll,” as Bill Haley and His Comets first performed in the area and were headquartered there. Chester is also known to some as the birthplace of the hoagie sandwich.

Education. The Chester-Upland School District serves the city, as well as the Chester Township and Upland (a borough in Delaware County). The district has three elementary schools, two intermediate schools, and one high school, and serves 2,905 students. If you’re looking for private schooling after moving to Chester, there is the St. Katharine Drexel Parish. There is also one charter school, Chester Community Charter School, that serves more than 2,000 students in grades K-8. For higher education, there is Widener University, a private coeducation university, and Sleeper’s College, which is commonly referred to as Sleeper’s Business College.

Things to do. Chester offers a range of things to do, such as dining, shopping, outdoor activities, and the arts right along the Chester waterfront. If you like to explore, downtown Chester is full of antique shops and art studios – especially during the Riverfront Ramble, a 14 day end-of-summer celebration featuring live music, arts, fireworks, and hot air balloon rides.

If you like to watch horse racing, then you’ll be glad to know that Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack is located on the Chester waterfront. The casino has 2,900 slot machines, 100,000 sq. ft. of gaming space, and a huge event center. For sports lovers, Chester offers the opportunity to watch Philadelphia Union soccer at PPL Park, a soccer-specific stadium.

For outdoor fun, take advantage of Chester’s Park System for swimming, jogging, biking, fishing, tennis, roller blading, walking, and picnics. Chester Park has an outdoor roller rink, soccer fields, and tennis courts. The city has recently installed new swings, picnic tables, and park benches. Just seconds away from the City Hall is Ethel Waters Park, which is ideal for outdoor events. Washington Park is by far one of the favorites for families, as it has swings for toddlers, interactive play equipment, and is perfect for Easter egg hunts.

Making the move to Chester, PA

If you’re looking for an affordable and convenient Chester moving company, you should take a look at U-Pack®, a “you pack, we drive” moving company. U-Pack makes moving to Chester easy on you and your wallet. We’ll bring an empty moving container or moving trailer to your home. You load it up, and we’ll drive it to your new home in Chester. After you unload, we’ll even pick up the empty equipment. Talk about convenient!

U-Pack is affordable, too. For most moves, our prices are comparable to truck rental (but you don’t have to drive a rental truck). In fact, 68% of U-Pack customers considered truck rental first, but went with U-Pack because of the price.

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Helpful Chester Moving Resources

City Website

Chamber of Commerce

Station Address:
Address: 2704 Market St
Chester, PA 19014
United States
Mailing Address: 2704 Market St
Aston, PA 19014
United States
Phone Numbers:
Customer Service: (610) 494-7110
Fax: (610) 494-1372

If we are not able to provide door-to-door delivery to your city near Chester, PA, you can save money by loading or unloading at the ABF service center conveniently located in Chester, PA. If you do not see the city you are moving to or from on the list below, call 800-240-7422 and a friendly, knowledgeable ABF U-Pack Moving Coordinator will gladly help.

Cities Served:
ARDEN, DEASHLAND, DEASHLEY, DE
BEAR, DEBELLEFONTE, DEBELLEVUE, DE
BIRCHWOOD PARK, DEBLACKBIRD, DEBRANDYWINE, DE
BRANDYWINE SPRINGS MANOR, DEBREEZEWOOD, DEBROOKSIDE, DE
CARPENTER, DECARRCROFT, DECENTREVILLE, DE
CHAPEL HILL, DECHESTNUT HILL ESTATE, DECHRISTIANA, DE
CLAYMONT, DECOLLINS PARK, DECOVERED BRIDGE FARMS, DE
CRANSTON HEIGHTS, DEDELAPLANE MANOR, DEDELAWARE CITY, DE
DRUMMOND NORTH, DEDU ROSS HEIGHTS, DEEDEN PARK, DE
EDGEMOOR, DEELSMERE, DEFAIRFAX, DE
FARNHURST, DEFAULKLAND, DEFOUR SEASONS, DE
GARFIELD PARK, DEGLASGOW, DEGLENDALE, DE
GORDON HEIGHTS, DEGRANOGUE, DEGREENVILLE, DE
GUYENCOURT, DEHAMILTON PARK, DEHARMONY HILLS, DE
HENRY CLAY, DEHERCULES, DEHILLCREST, DE
HILLSIDE HEIGHTS, DEHOCKESSIN, DEHOLLOWAY TERRACE, DE
HOLLY OAK, DEKIAMENSI, DEKIRKWOOD, DE
LAMATAN, DELANCASTER COURT, DELINDENMERE, DE
MCCLELLANDVILLE, DEMARSHALLTON, DEMEADOWBROOK, DE
MEADOWOOD, DEMEETING HOUSE HILL, DEMIDDLETOWN, DE
MIDVALE, DEMINQUADALE, DEMONTCHANIN, DE
MOUNT CUBA, DEMOUNT PLEASANT, DENAAMANS GARDENS, DE
NEWARK, DENEW CASTLE, DENEW CASTLE MANOR, DE
NEWKIRK ESTATES, DENEWPORT, DENORTH STAR, DE
OAK GROVE, DEODESSA, DEOGLETOWN, DE
PENNY HILL, DEPOLLY DRUMMOND HILL, DEPORT PENN, DE
PRICES CORNER CTR, DERICHARDSON PARK, DEROCKLAND, DE
ROSELLE, DEROSEVILLE PARK, DERUTHERFORD, DE
ST GEORGES, DESILVER BROOK, DESILVERSIDE HEIGHTS, DE
SILVIEW, DESTANTON, DESWANWYCK, DE
SYCAMORE GARDENS, DETALLEYVILLE, DETHE CEDARS, DE
TODD ESTATES, DETOWNSEND, DEUNION STREET, DE
WESTOVER HILLS, DEWESTVIEW, DEWILMINGTON, DE
WILMINGTON MANOR, DEWILMINGTON MANOR GARDENS, DEWINDY HILLS, DE
WINTERTHUR, DEWOODDALE, DEWORTHLAND, DE
YORKLYN, DEMERMAID, DESOUTHWOOD, DE
APPLETON ACRES, MDCHARLESTOWN, MDCHESAPEAKE CITY, MD
CHILDS, MDCOLORA, MDCONOWINGO, MD
EARLEVILLE, MDELK MILLS, MDELKMORE, MD
ELKTON, MDELKWOOD ESTATES, MDFAIR HILL, MD
GLEN FARMS, MDGLEN KYLE, MDGLEN WESTOVER, MD
HAVRE DE GRACE, MDJACKSON, MDMEADOWVIEW, MD
MEADOWVIEW PARK, MDNORMIRA, MDNORTH EAST, MD
PERRY POINT, MDPERRYVILLE, MDPORT DEPOSIT, MD
RISING SUN, MDSINGERLY, MDALLOWAY, NJ
AUBURN, NJAVIS MILLS, NJBEAVER DAM, NJ
BRIDGEPORT, NJCANTON, NJCARNEYS POINT, NJ
CENTER SQUARE, NJCLARKSBORO, NJDEEPWATER, NJ
ELSINBORO, NJEWAN, NJFENWICK, NJ
FORT ELFSBORG, NJGIBBSTOWN, NJGLENSIDE, NJ
GREENWICH, NJHANCOCKS BRIDGE, NJHARDINGVILLE, NJ
HARMERSVILLE, NJHARRISONVILLE, NJLOGAN TOWNSHIP, NJ
MANNINGTON, NJMARSHALLTOWN, NJMICKLETON, NJ
MONROEVILLE, NJMOORES CORNER, NJMULLICA HILL, NJ
NORTONVILLE, NJOAKWOOD BEACH, NJPEDRICKTOWN, NJ
PENNS GROVE, NJPENNSVILLE, NJPENTON, NJ
POINTERS, NJQUINTON, NJRIDDLETON, NJ
SALEM, NJSHILOH, NJSWEDESBORO, NJ
WOODSTOWN, NJWOOLWICH, NJYORKTOWN, NJ
IVYSIDE, NJTOMLIN, NJWELCHVILLE, NJ
WOLFERT, NJALDAN, PAALTON, PA
ASTON, PAAVONDALE, PABIRCHRUNVILLE, PA
BLACK HORSE, PABOOTH CORNER, PABOOTHWYN, PA
BORTONDALE, PABOWLING GREEN, PABRADFORD HILLS, PA
BRANDYWINE HOMES, PABRANDYWINE SUMMIT, PABRIGHTON, PA
BRINTONS, PABROOKHAVEN, PACALN, PA
CHADDS FORD, PACHATHAM, PACHATWOOD, PA
CHELSEA, PACHESNEY DOWNS, PACHESTER, PA
CHESTER HEIGHTS, PACHESTER SPRINGS, PACHESTER TOWNSHIP, PA
CHEYNEY, PACLIFTON HEIGHTS, PACOATESVILLE, PA
COLLINGDALE, PACOLWYN, PACONCORDVILLE, PA
COPESVILLE, PACRUM CREEK MANOR, PACRUM LYNNE, PA
DARBY, PADARLINGTON CORNERS, PADILWORTHTOWN, PA
DOE RUN, PADOWNINGTOWN, PADREXEL HILL, PA
DUTTON MILL, PAEAGLE, PAEAST FALLOWFIELD, PA
EAST LANSDOWNE, PAEDDYSTONE, PAEDGEMONT, PA
ELAM, PAELWYN, PAEMBREEVILLE, PA
ERCILDOUN, PAESSINGTON, PAEXTON, PA
FAIRVIEW PARK, PAFELTONVILLE, PAFERN HILL, PA
FERNWOOD, PAFOLCROFT, PAFOLSOM, PA
FRANKLIN CENTER, PAGARDEN CITY, PAGARNET VALLEY, PA
GLADSTONE, PAGLENLOCH, PAGLEN MILLS, PA
GLENOLDEN, PAGLEN RIDDLE, PAGLEN ROSE, PA
GRADYVILLE, PAGRASSLAND, PAGROVE, PA
GUTHRIESVILLE, PAHIGHLAND PARK, PAHOLMES, PA
JENNERSVILLE, PAKAOLIN, PAKELTON, PA
KEMBLESVILLE, PAKENNETT SQUARE, PAKNOWLTONWOOD, PA
LANDENBERG, PALANSDOWNE, PALEIPERVILLE, PA
LENAPE, PALENNI, PALENNI HEIGHTS, PA
LENNI MILLS, PALESTER, PALEWISVILLE, PA
LIMA, PALINWOOD, PALIONVILLE, PA
LOWER CHICHESTER, PALUDWIGS CORNER, PALYNDELL, PA
MARCUS HOOK, PAMARSHALLTON, PAMARVEL GARDENS, PA
MEDIA, PAMENDENHALL, PAMIDDLETOWN, PA
MILLBOURNE, PAMILLTOWN, PAMILMONT PARK, PA
MODENA, PAMORSTEIN, PAMORTON, PA
MOYLAN, PANEW GARDEN, PANEW LONDON, PA
NORWOOD, PANOTTINGHAM, PAOGDEN, PA
OLD FORGE, PAPARKSIDE, PAPEMBROKE, PA
PHILADELPHIA, PAPILGRIM GARDENS, PAPINE RIDGE, PA
PLEASANT HILL, PAPOCOPSON, PAPOMEROY, PA
PRIMOS, PAPROSPECT PARK, PARED LION, PA
RIDLEY PARK, PAROCKDALE, PAROCKY HILL, PA
ROMANSVILLE, PAROSE TREE, PAROSE VALLEY, PA
ROSLYN, PARUTLEDGE, PASECANE, PA
SHARON HILL, PASOUTH COATESVILLE, PASOUTH MEDIA, PA
SPRINGDELL, PASPRINGFIELD, PASTRICKERSVILLE, PA
SWARTHMORE, PASYCAMORE MILLS, PATHORNDALE, PA
THORNTON, PATINICUM TOWNSHIP, PATOUGHKENAMON, PA
TRAINER, PATWIN OAKS, PAUNIONVILLE, PA
UPLAND, PAUPPER CHICHESTER, PAUPPER DARBY, PA
UPPER PROVIDENCE TWSP, PAUWCHLAND, PAVALLEY, PA
VILLAGE GREEN, PAWALLINGFORD, PAWAWA, PA
WAWASET, PAWESTBROOK PARK, PAWEST CHESTER, PA
WEST GOSHEN, PAWEST GOSHEN HILLS, PAWEST GROVE, PA
WESTTOWN, PAWHITFORD, PAWILLOWDALE, PA
WOODLYN, PAYEADON, PA
Upcoming Holidays Observed:
Service may be curtailed. Contact local service center for details.