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Lester, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Lester is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Raleigh County at latitude 37.732 and longitude -81.3027. Raleigh County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,037 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Lester, but most people and references simply refer to it as Lester, West Virginia.

The P1 Census Class Code for Lester indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the Town of Lester (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Lester, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 353
Population in Households 349
Population in Familes 290
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density1 704
Diversity Index2 15


Total Households 146
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 103
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 179 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 116 (64.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 30 (16.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 33 (18.4%)
Median Home Value $93,590
Average Home Value $117,241


Median Household Income $37,866
Average Household Income $50,459
Per Capita Income $19,601
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.34% 0.17%
Households 0.49% 0.14%
Families 1.92% 0.0%
Median Household Income   3.08%
Per Capita Income   2.03%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Lester, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lester to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 285 29th
Population Density1 # 213 47th
Diversity Index2 # 85 79th
Median Household Income # 160 60th
Per Capita Income # 239 41st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE West Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.